Here at GT-RR / Bulletproof Automotive, we love carbon fiber! From our full carbon fiber-bodied Overtake demo car and customer builds, to our carbon fiber interior conversion services, we are obsessed with anything and everything carbon! Over the years, we’ve worked to find any creative way to use carbon fiber we could find. During our experimentation, we developed our exclusive “Frozen Carbon” wheels. Up until now, our Frozen Carbon wheels have been one of our lesser known offerings, with only a very select few sets existing. However, in the last year or so, we’ve seen renewed interest from customers looking to do something truly unique and set their cars apart.
It’s all in the details…
The Frozen Carbon process begins with an authentic wheel from any high-quality manufacturer (Rays, Advan, Work, ADV1, HRE etc.), which we then permanently add accents of real carbon fiber, and finally finish with colors inspired by BMW’s famous “Frozen” series of limited edition paint colors. The end result is a truly unique re-imagining of the original wheel, with details that true connoisseurs can appreciate. Frozen Carbon is available for virtually any wheel, and in virtually any color (we recommend satin or matte finishes).
Back in 2010 we had this idea to remix the GT-R shift knob with carbon fiber replacing plastic, and more exotic upholstery like Alcantara, high-end leathers and custom stitching. We were the first in the world to do it. Since then we’ve done quite a few crazy interiors, a ton of custom carbon fiber parts (50+ various pieces throughout the car), and a lot of other wild, one-off stuff. They are slow to make, all hand made and since they are custom they can’t be kept in stock. Various other hand made carbon fiber interior pieces however we do try to keep in stock for special projects.
For our carbon fiber interior pieces, we take factory Nissan parts and convert the outer surfaces to real carbon fiber. The process is much different, and much more OEM looking than the tape-on carbon pieces typically sold as it maintains the stock thickness of the parts, thus retaining the OEM feel of the buttons and switches on the steering wheel switch plate, mirror control and triple switch/hazard panels, for example. This service is offered for virtually any part on the GT-R, with the most often converted pieces being the dash vents, steering wheel switch plate and door handles.
We wanted to feature a small gallery of several of the interiors we’ve either completed in-house or for which we’ve supplied parts.
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CARBON FIBER CONVERTED PARTS FOR R35 NISSAN GT-R
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In our last post, we gave a partial recap of some of the greatest new GT-R parts displayed at Tokyo Auto Salon 2017. For this post, we’re going to continue our coverage with some of our other “must see” picks for the new year!
TAS 2017 is considered by many as the “return of classic Top Secret;” the reason for this comes from the debut of their “VR32 Skyline GT-R.” The VR32 is an incredible mash-up of two of Nissan’s most popular sports cars, the R32 Skyline GT-R and the current R35 GT-R. With the entire driveline transplanted and retrofitted from an R35 into a heavily modified R32 chassis. Top Secret even went as far as fitting the interior and the entire carbon-composite front core support from an R35!
Top Secret also had several R35 GT-Rs on display featuring a large collection of both their existing and newly debuted parts. They even had a brand new 2017 GT-R on display, which featured their first full replacement side skirt set for the R35 GT-R. Their silver WTAC-veteran silver circuit demo car was also on display, as well as several customer R35s, including the fully-tuned, custom red painted car pictured.
For 2017, Aimgain again drew inspiration from the GT-R Nismo and GT3 race car when designing their revised GT widebody kit. Aimgain’s GT Line of aero parts are meant to transform the look of traditional sports cars by adding a unique “wide and low” appearance.
The 2017 Version kit adds some of Nissan’s newest design elements includes a GT3 / Nismo-inspired front bumper, front grille, and front lip spoiler. The remainder of the kit adds elements of Aimgain’s “wide and low” styling, including their side under spoilers (side skirts), rear under spoiler and diffuser set, and Aimgain’s unique wide body front fenders (50mm wider), and rear fenders(80mm wider).
The bolt-on over fender craze has finally made its way to the classic R32 GT-R with the newest kit from Pandem (Rocket Bunny). Featuring massive front and rear over fenders, the kit adds some serious girth to the R32 chassis! Also included in the kit is a front lip spoiler and side skirt set featuring clean and simple lines. The primer grey demo car on display at TAS also featured the all-carbon fiber version of the optional Duck Tail Rear Wing, as well as a set of custom 6666 Wheels by Enkei, and a Greddy exhaust.
With the release of the facelifted 2017 GT-R, all the popular Japanese manufacturers jumped on the opportunity to produce new parts for the massively updated exterior. Rowen was no exception, keeping to their annual tradition of new aero parts for the R35. For 2017, rather than immediately jumping to creating an aggressive or wild-looking kit, consisting of replacement bumpers and the like, the designers at Rowen opted for a simpler, add-on lip kit to compliment the new GT-R’s already muscular aero. The kit consists of a front lip spoiler, side skirts, rear under spoiler extensions and a brand new rear wing and trunk spoiler combination. The black 2017 demo car also featured Rowen’s line of titanium exhaust parts.
Rowen World Platinum Aero Kit for 2017 GT-R Full Parts List:
Crystal Eye is known in Japan for their impressive LED lamp upgrades for various cars. At Tokyo Auto Salon 2017, they released their next generation of upgraded tail lamps for R35 Nissan GT-R. Crystal Eye’s Double Fiber Ring LED Tail Lamps feature a unique “finned” design with LED illuminated rings, turn signals and reverse lamps. The tail lamps are available with either classic red lens, or smoked clear lens for those that like the “blacked out” look.
Crystal Eye Double Fiber LED Tail Lamps for all R35 GT-R Model Years:
It’s that time of year again; one of the greatest aftermarket automotive events in the industry – Tokyo Auto Salon! Every year during the second week of January, vendors fill the halls of Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall with some of the latest and greatest aftermarket parts for the upcoming year.
Tokyo Auto Salon not only allows vendors to showcase and debut their new aftermarket parts for 2017, it also brings about some of the most incredible, iconic, and interesting car builds you’ve ever seen.
We’ve been fortunate to visit Japan at the beginning of each year to attend this massive event. Like kids in a candy store, we trek through the miles of floor space to see what awesome new parts are coming out for 2017 and trust me when I say, there are some AWESOME new parts that will released this year for just about every performance car owner on the market.
Some of the most iconic, well-known shops set up booth space filled with aftermarket performance, electronic, and aero parts that they’ve been itching to release to the public. Brands such as Varis, Top Secret, Kansai Service, RAYS, Yokohama, JUN and many more spend days doing meet and greets with clients, partners, and exhibitors during Auto Salon week.
Below we’re going to document some of our favorite GT-R projects and demo cars from TAS 2017, including all the latest and greatest parts released!
For TAS 2017, Varis’ booth featured three R35 GT-Rs which showcased a selection of new parts, including the world-famous Kamikaze-R Super Sonic, a new lip kit for the face lifted 2017 GT-R, as well as their newest collaboration with famed JDM Tuning Shop Original Ruduce!
The biggest release from Varis came with their full lineup of aero parts for the brand new face lifted GT-R. As many know, Nissan made some dramatic changes to the interior and exterior of the R35 chassis for 2017, and as a result many of the existing parts on the market were rendered incompatible. Although the GT-R’s new, more angular look adds a more modern look to the R35 platform, Varis always seems to know how to accent a stock vehicle to bring out its full potential. For the 2017+ GT-R, Varis created their new carbon fiber lip kit and a 2017-specific version of their popular cooling bonnet (hood) under their Magnum Opus line, as well as a unique rear wing which actually works with all years of the R35 GT-R.
Varis Magnum Opus Kit for 2017 GT-R Full Parts List:
TAS 2017 saw Kansai Service’s reveal of their new, white 2017 GT-R demo car. Like several of the other major Japanese tuners, Kansai jumped on the opportunity to develop parts for Nissan’s major revision to the R35 platform for 2017. Kansai opted to address two of the most commonly modded sections of the GT-R with their carbon fiber front grille and front diffuser. Both pieces serve as direct replacements for their plastic OEM counterparts and add subtle styling to the sharp lines of the 2017. They also created a special, longer version of their popular tow hook to accommodate the OEM 2017 GT-R’s facelifted front bumper cover. Kansai Service also sourced one of Varis’ vented cooling hood exclusive for the 2017 and paint-matched it to their white demo car.
Kansai Region-based tuner Phoenix Power is famous for their high horsepower circuit builds, including their world renowned blue R35 which ran the Nardo high speed challenge in 2013 along with Top Secret and Powerhouse Amuse. The debut of the 2017 GT-R was an opportunity that, like other GT-R tuners, Phoenix’s Power couldn’t pass up. At TAS, Phoenix’s Power brought out a modified 2017 GT-R, as well as two of their highly-modded, high-power white demo / customer cars.
In a funny coincidence late last week, we happen to have two local customers both with 2017 GT-Rs schedule installation of aftermarket exhausts for their new toys on the same day.
The first car is a black 2017 with the luxurious optional Amber Red interior. The owner also had a modified 2014 GT-R, so upgrading the exhaust to a 94mm Greddy Supreme Ti on his brand new car (paper license plates and all) was nothing new for him.
Greddy’s Supreme-Ti is a full exhaust system (midpipe and rear section / catback) produced completely from high-quality titanium, with a 94mm main pipe.
Next came a good customer of ours who previously brought in his blue 2017 for a set of our exclusive Bulletproof Automotive Gold TE37 Ultra Wheels. As a connoisseur of premium tuning parts, nothing but the Overtake Saikou 100mm valved exhaust would do for him.
The Overtake exhaust is constructed of full STTI titanium for the maximum in weight savings, with the addition of an electronic remote-controlled valve system to allow the driver to choose between two “personalities;” valves-closed, quieter mode for around town driving, and a valves-open, louder mode for maximum flow and sound.
For more information on either of these exhausts, or if you’re ready to upgrade your 2017 GT-R, feel free to contact us: [email protected] or +1 213.745.6954
Earlier this year, our wholesale customer and friend Fury Automotive from New York came to us looking to build a World-Class GT-R for SEMA 2016. Having experience creating quite a few popular SEMA cars in the past, the guys at Fury knew that we could help them achieve their goal. Almost immediately following the release at Tokyo Auto Salon 2016, the guys at Fury fell for the Kamikaze-R Version 2 “Super Sonic” aero kit from Varis.
Photo credit to Super Street Magazine
As the North American importer and distributor of Varis parts, we worked with them to source the first production Kamikaze-R 2 Super Sonic kit for Fury’s special build. The kit features front and rear wide fenders, wide side skirts, and vented front and rear bumpers. Fury also opted for Varis’ Version 2 vented carbon fiber hood, and their new swan-neck carbon fiber GT Wing which includes a special trunk mounting base / reinforcement plate to help support the high amount of downforce supplied by the large, 1800mm wing plane.
With the desire for a very unique, world-class SEMA build, Fury consulted with us for one of our popular custom interiors. Real carbon fiber and personalized Recaro Japan seats give it a premium look and feel.
Not wanting to have a GT-R that only looked the part, the guys at Fury added an impressive list of performance parts, from power to suspension, including JCR’s complete carbon fiber intake manifold, as well as our gold big throttle body kit, a collaboration with AT Power.
For suspension, the guys at Fury opted for Aragosta’s Type-SA PnP coilover kit, a full coilover that retains the OEM damper setting switch’s functionality. They also added on Aragosta’s front air cup lifter system to help prevent any damage to the beautiful Varis carbon front racing diffuser.
Our good friend and local customer, Peter recently brought in his Nismo GT-R for some small carbon fiber upgrades – an Overtake Dry Carbon Roof, Overtake Carbon Fender Vents and Emblems, and some Overtake Embems to cap it all off. Little did we know that these mods would kick start his shared love for Overtake’s premium quality parts! After a suspension failure on his other GT-R, a Black Edition, he came to us for some suggestions, and we collaborated with him on a plan to not only upgrade his B.E., but also further improve the handling of his Nismo. Since Peter is a professional race driver, instructor and overall track junkie, the Overtake x Sachs Super GT race-car derived suspension was the perfect option to take his Nismo to the next level.
The Overtake suspension is produced by Sachs in Germany (an OEM and highly respected race team supplier), and is directly related to [derived from] their offering for the Super GT Nismo race vehicles. Overtake offers their coilovers in several configurations, including 2-way and 3-way, and as an experienced race driver, Peter opted for the 3-way specification. (For reference, our SPL demo car also features the 3-way version, and our other client’s car – with the complete Overtake carbon fiber exterior, and custom interior – features the 2-way version.)
The Overtake pieces are a direct replacement for the OEM (obviously, as proper motorsports-grade dampers with multiple adjustments, the Nissan electronics are not retained). The dampers are produced in full aluminum, which we decided to put to the test against the OEM steel shock bodies when it came to weight:
Some under car, installed shots:
As he’s a professional racing driver, Peter takes his Nismo to the track frequently; here’s a couple quick shots of the first suspension shakedown at Buttonwillow:
At HKS USA’s First Annual Speed Ring Event this past weekend, Peter won the Limited AWD Class Title with a time of 1’48”! He advised that his Overtake 3-Way suspension, paired with his new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires were the major contributing factors to his win. He felt the car definitely had the capability to go faster, but was limited by the factory cooling systems’ capabilities.
For more information on the Overtake x Sachs Suspension, visit the product pages here:
Not long ago we had a longtime friend/client from overseas approach us with a very special request for his GT-R. The client had ordered an Overtake dry carbon racing hood, which in and of itself is gorgeous as is; however he wanted something a bit more unique … something that would really take his build to the next level. He didn’t really know what but he knew he wanted something “special”. Knowing that we were well experienced in custom design and production of specialized parts, our client instilled his trust in us to come up with an amazing design idea and that’s just what we did.
After being tasked to create a special hood, our carbon composites and special projects engineers went to work. We spent countless hours analyzing, dissecting, and rebuilding a few designs for the hood until we finally came up with something that tied together an old concept with a more modern design and execution.
We had the idea of making a display window out of Lexan in the center of the hood. We could have just cut a hole in the center of the hood and laid a piece of Plexiglas in the center of it, but that wasn’t good enough for us so we decided to build upon that idea. Instead of having a flat surface with a hole filled with some see-through Plexiglas, our engineers created an entire functional cowl from scratch to house the piece of clear Lexan. The cowl was designed to also provide extra ventilation by having small air outlet ducts which sit behind the raised portion of cowl.
For testing and fitment purposes, we installed the hood on our full Overtake dry carbon shop GT-R. You can see the gorgeous Amuse x Overtake SAIKOU Titanium Surge Tank sitting right in the middle of the see-through Lexan.
All in all, we’re happy with the way it turned out…
Way back in 2011, we released the world’s first Front Switchback LED Turn Signals (winkers) for the GT-R. “Switchback” is a bit of an ambiguous term for most people, but the gist is that when the headlights or parking lamps are activated, the marker illuminates white. As soon as the turn signal (or hazard) is activated, the lamp immediately switches from white illumination to amber flashing. When the turn signal is deactivated, the lamp re-illuminates to white. The result is a match to the white light output of the headlamps at night.
As the Nismo GT-R (as well as the EDM / JDM Track Edition by Nismo) features wider front fenders, we knew a Nismo-specific version of our Switchback Winkers was necessary. In designing these lights, we actually ended up creating our own custom, in-house produced clear lens that offers better light diffusion.
All brand_RR Front Clear Switchback Winkers begin life as OEM Nissan Japanese-spec clear winker lamps, and are then modified with custom-made clear lenses, a custom-spec’d LED array, as well as a specially CAD-engineered internal reflector for even light diffusion and an OEM look.
As far as installation, it’s simple; as they utilize the standard marker lamp’s socket, with only one additional wire per lamp that needs to be spliced. (A full-color, detailed installation manual is provided.)
Note – These have been tested with US Specification GT-Rs, they may respond differently with Japanese Spec GT-Rs.
Pricing is $475.00 – to order, feel free to contact us – +1 213.745.6954 / [email protected] or to purchase on our website: