Saturday, December 18, 2010

Saab Sport Sedan Concept Black

Youngho Jong is a Korean design student, he taken Saab to looking towards future as sport sedan for 2025 Advanced Warning System Vehicle concept: a rakish, four-door saloon with coupe-like styling. And no headroom, by the looks of it, but that’s a forgivable oversight. More interesting to us, however, is how he used his knowledge of nature and human psychology to come up with a vehicle that isn’t just smart, it’s downright sinister.

With his research showing that 50% of vehicles accidents are caused by carelessness, excessive speed and tailgating, Jong wanted to create a car that would warn other drivers to back off and drive with care.

Saab Sport Sedan Concept Black
Saab Sport Sedan Concept Black

There are following the 2025 concept, slits open up in its rear panels revealing amber hazard lights, patches of the car’s skin also darken. The same amber slips are found on the front and sides of the vehicle. Jong took his inspiration from nature’s Fire Salamander, which uses its bright, menacing colours to ward off potential predators.

Jong also mentions that the Saab Sport Sedan Concept Study’s skin is constructed of a soft, impact absorbing material that reduces pedestrian injuries and vehicle damage in collisions. He incorporate sharp edges and the colours red and yellow to further emphasises the possible danger.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Car Seat IBE Concept by Modern Technologi

Car Seat IBE Concept by Modern Technologi 
Car Seat IBE Concept by Modern Technologi

Now, you can see photos of Seat IBE Coupe Concept showed at Paris Motor Show. Improvements over the first Seat IBE Concept, which was shown in Geneva earlier this year, include refinements to the design and technology, while the Paris Show car now also sports an interior.

Both exterior and interior are characterised by their focus on key elements, by a clear and precise architecture, by modern technology and by materials that are as high-quality as they are ecological.
Come with measuring in at just 3.83 meters (12.5 ft) in length, it is smaller than Volkswagen’s Scirocco. Utilizing a 75 kw (102 hp) electric drive system, the concept is good for 130 km (81 miles) on a single charge. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 60 mph) can be achieved in 9.7 seconds.
While its exterior design has been tweaked with a restyled lower fascia and new LED headlamps and tail lights. Furthermore, the car is now finished in a more eye-catching cherry-red color.

Car Seat IBE Concept by Modern Technologi
Car Seat IBE Concept by Modern Technologi 

Car Seat IBE Concept by Modern Technologi 

Car Seat IBE Concept by Modern Technologi

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Ford Kuga Concept Car

Ford Kuga Concept Car 
Ford Kuga Concept Car
Ford preparing the concept version of Kuga crossover and Escape SUV for next year’s Detroit Motor Show. The new compact-sized crossover model will go into production in the second half of 2012 as a 2013 model.

“The Kuga/Escape successor could hit Deutschland’s showrooms as early as March next year and reach other European markets by the second quarter.” Bernhard Mattes said. He is man in charge of Ford’s German factories.
Moving production to the U.S. is another point on Ford’s agenda. It’s likely that the new car will be manufactured in Louisville, Kentucky, while the German factory in Saarlouis will keep the European production of the new Focus.

Ford Kuga Concept Car
Ford Kuga Concept Car 

Ford Kuga Concept Car 

Ford Kuga Concept Car

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Ferrari 458 Challenge Car Tuning

Ferrari 458 Challenge Car Tuning 
Ferrari 458 Challenge Car Tuning

The 458 Challenge boasts a host of upgrades over its road-legal sibling to make it race worthy when it hits the grid in Ferrari’s one-make race series from 2011. The Ferrari 458 Challenge will make world premiere at the 35th edition of the Bologna Motor Show in Italy, which runs for the public from December 4 to 12.

Ferrari is also displaying a variety of other racing models from the past and present at its Bologna Motor Show stand, including a 430 GTC owned by the AF Corse team Ferrari and an F1 model.
Ferrari’s engineers have made modifications to the gear ratios and calibration of its dual-clutch F1 gearbox to further improve torque at lower revs. While the Challenge keeps the 458 Italia’s direct injection 4.5-liter V8 with an output of 570 hp at 9,000 rpm intact.

Ferrari 458 Challenge Car Tuning 
 Ferrari 458 Challenge Car Tuning
Ferrari 458 Challenge Car Tuning 
Ferrari 458 Challenge Car Tuning  
The Ferrari 458 Challenge is equipped with the E-Diff electronic differential already employed on the road-going version, a first for Ferrari’s track-only cars. Another first for a Ferrari Challenge model is the adoption of the firm’s F1-Trac traction control system. The race-spec model also gets a specific suspension set-up with steel uniball joints, stiffer springs, single-rate alloy dampers and a ride height lowered by 50mm all round.
Stopping power is provided by the new generation Brembo CCM2 brakes integrated with the latest ABS system which debuted on the 599XX, Ferrari’s experimental laboratory car, while it rides on centre-nut 19-inch forged rims wrapped in larger dimension Pirelli slicks.
Result of combined is the improvement of the car’s lap time at Fiorano by two seconds over that of its predecessor, resulting in a new record of just 1’16.5”. According to the Italian company, the amount of lateral grip the new car generates is 1.6G. Read also about this car’s detail at previous post..

Ferrari 458 Challenge Car Tuning
Ferrari 458 Challenge Car Tuning 

Ferrari 458 Challenge Car Tuning 

Ferrari 458 Challenge Car Tuning

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

New Kahn Audi Q7 Car

New Kahn Audi Q7 Car 
New Kahn Audi Q7 Car
This is the first time Kahn Tune projects into Audi Q7. Taking inspiration from another in-house project and in particular the Range Rover Sport RS600, the self-proclaimed “king of aesthetic conversions” created a complete body kit for the German SUV, alongside a few interior appointments.

The exterior design of Kahn Audi Q7 are wide Arched Body Kit features extra-wide wheel arch extensions, front vented wings, redesigned bumpers and a discrete, roof-mounted wing, all painted in Pearl Soft White. A set of 22-inch Kahn RS-X alloywheels complete the exterior updates.
While the interior using black quilted leather with red stitching. Other interior goodies include aluminum sport pedals, a Panoramic Glass Roof and a custom speedometer and rev counter.

New Kahn Audi Q7 Car
New Kahn Audi Q7 Car 

New Kahn Audi Q7 Car

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Race Car Concept 2011

Race Car Concept 2011
Race Car Concept 2011 

2010 Ford Focus Race Car Concept is form the base for the Blue Oval’s next global touring race car. This car has showed its world premiere at LA Auto Show on a week ago.

Ford Focus Race Car Concept powered by a 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the new racing model will get its first shot on the tarmac at the 2011 British Touring Car Championship.

 Race Car Concept 2011
Race Car Concept 2011

Ford collaborated with various race teams from around the world in order to make sure that the new car meets rules governing circuit racing in the United States and beyond for the creation of the Focus racer.
The Race Car Concept has been upgraded with AST performance dampers, sport sway bars provided by Ford Racing and enormous, 320 mm front brakes, for extreme stopping power. Hoosier race tires wrap around the 18-inch Anthracite alloy wheels.
Interior for racer includes a roll cage and a Recaro racing seat with a six-point safety harness, alongside a fire suppression system. The AIM MXL Pista dashboard has a digital layout and features, among other data, a tachometer, rev counter and gear position indicator.

Race Car Concept 2011
Race Car Concept 2011 

Race Car Concept 2011 

Race Car Concept 2011

Monday, November 22, 2010

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
The 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car is the latest edition of the best-selling racing car of all time, having been built in a production series of more than 1,400 units since 1998. It for costs £94,600 plus VAT and deliveries to customers will begin in early 2011.

The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car is designed by the same team based in Weissach, near Stuttgart, Germany, responsible for the iconic Porsche 911 GT3 and RS road cars. This race car tips the scales at 1,200 kg, resulting in even sharper performance on the circuit.
This car is based for the first time on the 911 GT3 RS road car, this is the first Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car to feature the 44-millimetre (1.73″) wider body at the rear, which provides increased space for even larger wheels and slick tyres. Wider front wheel arches also clearly show that the front wheels/tyres are likewise bigger which, combined with other evolutionary changes, has enabled the dynamic performance of the latest car to reach new heights.
At the back car there are rear wing is extended in width from 1.46 to 1.70 metres (57.5 to 66.9″) and now mounted higher up. The rear bumper valance with its distinctive air vent openings and LED technology rear lights, in turn, come straight from the GT3 RS road car.
The front axle rides on three-piece light-alloy rims measuring 9.5 J x 18 (previously 9 J x 18) and running on 24/64-18 Michelin racing tyres. The width of the three-piece light-alloy rims on the rear axle have increased by one inch, and now measure 12 J x 18 with 27/68-18 tyres.
The latest interior include cockpit for the specific needs of the race driver, vent in the upper part of the front lid, the controls for the Info Display are now positioned directly on the steering wheel for as control a variety of functions including the pit-lane speed limiter, windscreen wipers, and lights.
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Vorsteiner BMW GTSR3 M3 at SEMA 2010

This you see is the spectacular preparation on a BMW M3 Vorsteiner been made in, denominating GTSR3 Vorsteiner BMW M3. From Vorsteiner already had advanced as images of study, but now when we can see “live” and, indeed, much more impressive.

The cosmetic kit includes most generous defense, a new rear bumper with diffuser, trunk lid with integrated spoiler, a new hood with cooling vents (made in carbon fiber), new tires, exhaust gas system, sports exhaust, made Stainless steel … That is, much “plastic” on all sides, but without compromising on quality, as is customary in Vorsteiner.

Vorsteiner BMW M3 wheels

Vorsteiner BMW M3 Wheels

Vorsteiner BMW M3 aerodynamic

Vorsteiner BMW M3 Aerodynamic

Vorsteiner BMW M3 body design

Vorsteiner BMW M3 Body Design

Vorsteiner BMW M3 seat structure

Vorsteiner BMW M3 Seat Structure

Vorsteiner BMW M3 specification

Vorsteiner BMW M3 Specification

Car body kits for primary purposes are used as cosmetic tools for your car, yet they have a potential of implicating a radical change in the appearance of the car. However applying just a body kit and assuming that car modification job has been performed very well is a misconception many armature car modifiers bear. One should always choose a body kit best aligning with the lines of your car.One should always choose a body kit best aligning with the lines of their cars. Kits requiring spray and paint should be properly sprayed or one should be prepared to spend extra bucks once the kit starts to peel off.

One problem faced during a car modification or installing a new body kit is that the colors seldom match with whole car and it is very difficult to find or maintain the right color combination for the car. However good opportunity arises when fitting a new kit, to respray the whole car so to have a suitable color combination.

Some tips regarding front bumper and grill seems to be appropriate here. New bumpers especially the front one lack the physical strength as compared to the standard one so provide less protection against any crash. Similarly new grills, one finds it usually to be very difficult to install when the remaining body kits has been already applied. So when installing grills and vents a person should be very conscious of the order with which he is going to install the body kit or a lot of time will be wasted in fitting and unfitting the kit.

Off the shelf body kits may look attractive in their packing but they rarely compliment the car and most of the time they fail to enhance the look of the car. So the best way is to get your car a new custom body kit from any specialist body shop. But remember when you have opted for yourself to become a car modifier then don't be a miser in spending some extra money on good quality body kits. This hobby sure requires some high investments. Going for cheap, low quality kits would simply mean that you are wasting your money and time. Don't ever be reluctant in spending some money on good ones as well fitted body kits can prove to be real investments which is definitely going to pay off in future in the form of sponsorship contracts and air time at local TV programs.

A good way to ensure that all the parts are fitted in their required order is to read the instruction manual carefully on the packing of the body kits and make sure all the parts provided in the list are present. Just lay down all the parts around the car and hold them against body work in order to make sure for the best fit.

When cutting holes for the exhaust, ensure that you always strive for 1-2cm wider than what actually is required so that you don't have to face any irritation just in case you commit a mistake in measuring the required diameter of the hole. However to measure the hole's diameter, use cardboard template for best results.

Many people love to spray their kits before fitting it to the car. However much better results have been witnessed when the kit is sprayed on the vehicle. Carbon fiber panels are much lighter than an ordinary one and they are best in reducing the overall car weight as well as maintaining the rigidity. Are you fed up of small scratches occurred mostly during the parking? Well again installation of good quality kits seems to be the only remedy for this problem besides being more conscious on the road.

Low skirts beside enhancing the look of your ride also increases the cornering speed but a bad job in fitting them can cause the problems of grounding at bumps as well as drastic effects on the cooling ability of the engine. At the end make sure to check the temperature Gauge to ensure that the car is not heating up quickly because of installation of new body kit. Be careful to fit the kit on stiffer suspension. This will sure have some implications on the usability of the car but it will avoid the problems of grounding of your car because of the new weights of body kits applied to your ride.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Honda CR-Z Eibach

Honda CR-Z Eibach
 Honda CR-Z Eibach

Some conceptual Honda CR-Z models to whet your appetite, here are the rest of the tuned CR-Z hybrids featured in the Honda booth at the 2010 SEMA Shov.

2010 Honda CR-Z Eibach Concept is one conceptual and you can find the CR-Z in a variety of tunes ranging from Honda’s own subtly accessorized HFP (Honda Factory Performance) model to Wraptivo’s HKS supercharged prototype.
Company Name: Eibach Springs, Inc.
Name of Vehicle: Eibach Springs 2011 CR-Z
“Green Meets Go. Who knew saving our planet could be so fun?” The basic concept of Eibach’s build was a vehicle that could be driven 100+ miles a day, get incredible mileage and still be a lot of fun and look good. This CR-Z will be a daily driver for an Eibach employee but also has the performance and tuning to be used for weekend track events 2-3 times a month.
Powertrain Modifications:
  • Custom K&N intake
  • Custom Magnaflow exhaust
Chassis/Suspension Modifications:
  • Eibach Pro Street-S coilovers
  • Custom roll bar by Rally Innovations
Exterior Modifications:
  • C-West front spoiler
  • C-West rear diffuser
  • C-West side skirts
  • MUGEN rear spoiler
  • Work Emotion 11R 17×8 Wheels
  • Work Lugnuts
  • Toyo R888 Tires
  • Vinyl wrap by Rally Innovations
Interior Modifications:
  • Sparco Fighter bucket seats
  • Sparco steering wheel
  • Sparco harnesses

Honda CR-Z Konig

Honda CR-Z Konig
 Honda CR-Z Konig

Some conceptual Honda CR-Z models to whet your appetite, here are the rest of the tuned CR-Z hybrids featured in the Honda booth at the 2010 SEMA Show.

Honda CR-Z Konig
  Honda CR-Z Konig

2010 Honda CR-Z Koning Concept is one conceptual and you can find the CR-Z in a variety of tunes ranging from Honda’s own subtly accessorized HFP (Honda Factory Performance) model to Wraptivo’s HKS supercharged prototype.
Company name: Konig Wheels
Name of vehicle: Konig Wheels 2011 CR-Z
The “Green” essence is being interwoven into mainstream living. Younger generations are embracing a cleaner lifestyle. This change doesn’t mean that they’ll give up cars. They’ll just make cleaner choices. The Konig CR-Z is an illustration of embracing an active lifestyle while living cleaner! Rolling around the streets in a slightly lighter, much cleaner, more powerful, precisely handling car that can stop on a dime is nice, but being able to jump out of that car and right onto your bmx bike or skateboard is what it’s all about. Turn the music up, plug in your external speaker and enjoy your tunes while doing what you love!

Powertrain Modifications:
  • Weapon-R Cold Air Intake
  • Weapon-R Performance Exhaust
  • Weapon-R Race Header
Chassis/Suspension Modifications:
  • Konig – Milligram 18×8.5 Lightweight FRT Technology Wheels
  • Neuton 225/40R18 UHP Tires
  • Eibach Lowering Springs
  • Wilwood 4 Piston Front & 2 Piston Rear Brakes
  • Weapon-R Lower chassis brace
Exterior Modifications:
  • Vision Auto Dynamics Aero Lip Kit
  • BASF – Paint and Materials
  • Santini Paint & Body – Paint Work
  • Thule – Bike Rack
  • DK Bikes – BMX Bike
  • Seibon Carbon Fiber Hood
Interior Modifications:
  • Sparco Chrono Road Seats
  • Alpine Head Unit
  • Kicker Audio – Speakers- (4) 6.5″ RS65.2 Components,
  • Kicker Audio – Subwoofers: (2) 8″ Solo Baric S8L5, (1) 8″ CVT Shallow Mount
  • Kicker Audio – Amplifiers: (1) ZX700.5 4 Channel, (1) IX1000.1 1000 watt Mono, (1) IX500.4 4 Channel amp
  • Kicker Audio – All Wiring, Terminals, Connectors
  • Custom Skateboard Rack / Cooler / Trunk Design by Tim Willis & Whitfield Racing

Honda CR-Z Bisimoto

Honda CR-Z Bisimoto 
 Honda CR-Z Bisimoto

Some conceptual Honda CR-Z models to whet your appetite, here are the rest of the tuned CR-Z hybrids featured in the Honda booth at the 2010 SEMA Show.

2010 Honda CR-Z Bisimoto Concept is one conceptual and you can find the CR-Z in a variety of tunes ranging from Honda’s own subtly accessorized HFP (Honda Factory Performance) model to Wraptivo’s HKS supercharged prototype.
Company name: Bisimoto Engineering
Name of Vehicle: Bisimoto 2011 CR-Z
Bisimoto Engineering is known worldwide for awe-inspiring street, show and race vehicles. With no fear of the unknown, Bisimoto is always on the cutting edge of automotive technology. The Bisimoto 2011 CR-Z was no exception with a 533+ hp turbocharged hybrid powerplant, which retains the drivability, reliability and eco-friendly nature of the original engine.
Powertrain Modifications:
  • Bisimoto built 1.5L LEA1 engine
  • Bisimoto valvetrain, rods, turbo kit, intake gasket, and level 2.4 camshaft
  • Arias Pistons
  • Torco Oils
  • Turbonetics Billet turbocharger, blow-off and intercooler
  • Golden Eagle sleeved block
  • Griffin Radiator
  • Supertech valves
  • Kinsler fuel rail, filter and injectors
  • ARP head studs
  • K&N Oil filter
  • Portflow custom head
  • Custom Bisimoto 70mm throttle body
Chassis/Suspension Modifications:
  • Steen 6-point roll cage
  • Progress coil-over suspension and sway bar
  • Bisimoto-Savini 18×9 wheels
  • Falken 225/40-18 tyres
  • Bisimoto-spec Action 2MS Clutch
  • Buddy club racing steel lug nuts
  • Stoptech brakes
Exterior Modifications
  • Gatorwrap custom laminated body wrap
  • Type 2 graphics
  • Bisimoto-VIS carbon fibre hatch and wing
  • Burns Stainless muffler
Interior Modifications:
  • Buddy Club P1 racing seats and harness
  • L&T interior paint
  • Bisimoto reservoir socks
  • Rywire harness

New Extreme Modification Cars 2010

With the absolution of the Honda S2000 in 1990, Honda put its name on the car affability arena big time! The S2000 became a close admired amid adapted car enthusiasts and car tuners alike! That the S2000 survived about banausic through about 20 years of assembly is attestation to that activity but added Honda models such as the Honda Civic Type-R and the Honda Accord became aloof as popular. These days, you would acquisition an arrangement of adapted Civic, Accord and S2000 cars at any of the top custom car shows about the world.
Below is our alternative of the best custom Honda cars from the hottest car shows about the world...

Okay friend, with cars like the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO and the Mitsubishi 3000GT, Mitsubishi cars accept become absolutely accepted applicant amid JDM car modification enthusiasts and are absolutely accepted at the custom appearance car events, abnormally in Japan. Regardless of area the custom car appearance is hosted, it aloof won't feel complete after at atomic one adapted Mitsubishi Lancer EVO on show!
Below are some of the best adapted and custom Mitsubishi appearance cars from custom car shows about the world.

BMW 325 affluence cars accept not consistently been accepted candidats for adapted car projects, but with the horse ability wars amid the top German car manufacturers of the aftermost few decades, they accept become absolutely accepted with aftermarket car affability houses such as Geiger and Reiger. As a aftereffect you'd consistently acquisition the latest BMW cars, such as the BMW M3 and the added BMW 3 Series models at custom car shows.
Below is our arcade of some of the hottest BMW cars from altered custom car shows.

Audi and the Audi TT accept continued been a close admired for car tuners from Europe and abnormally Germany. Of backward the Audi R8 supercar has additionally began to accumulate attention, with some of the best tuners announcement their adaptation of the Audi R8 at assorted custom car shows, including Germany's own Essen Motor Show. Audi cars are additionally accepted at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada and at the Tokyo Auto Salon in Japan.

Below is our arcade of some of the best adapted Audi cars from the altered car shows.

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The World Of Modified Cars - A Brief History

Tracing the rise of the British modified car and associated cruise scene back to its roots has always been the source of much debate. Many would point back to the original vintage and classic car rallies of the 50's and 60's. Others make reference to the legendary Ace Cafe London to Brighton cruise, an event synonymous with classic motorcyclists. The notorious hot rod scene also argues a strong case, in fact many popular modifications derive from that era. It all depends how far you want to go back in time, perhaps to the point from which you hold the fondest memories. Everybody of course, has their own view.

Most of us however would agree that the birth of the modified car world as we know it today, truly began in the early eighties. Iconic car launches including the MK1 Golf GTi, the Escort RS Turbo, the Renault 5 GT Turbo and the Peugeot 205 GTi created a market of dedicated followers with a passion for performance cars that would last a lifetime.

In the late eighties and early nineties these cars were joined by a new raft of Japanese imports, fuelling demand and raising the profile of the scene even further. Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Subaru sold the Civic, Supra, Skyline and Impreza in huge volumes, in many ways repairing some of the damage caused by years of lacklustre models and shoddy reliability. European manufacturers responded to the Japanese influx with a wave of iconic motors including the BMW M3 E36, the Peugeot 306 GTi-6, the Renault Clio Williams, the Vauxhall Calibra Turbo and the Volkswagen Corrado VR6. Thousands of former petrol heads look back at this era with affection, and good examples of such models still attract high prices.

'Boy Racer' Culture

At the turn of the century, the scene was changing once again. Modified cars were getting wilder, budgets were becoming more flamboyant and the target market was getting younger. 'Chav culture' had well and truly taken over, re-igniting the rise of the 'boy racer'. The scene was awash with negative publicity, police intervention and cruising crackdowns but despite this, the modified car business was at its peak. Industry leading magazines such as Max Power and Fast Car were reporting record sales, and body shops and tuning centres had never had it so good. Following the release of cult film The Fast And The Furious, and console games such as Need For Speed, as dusk fell in every major town, cruisers could be seen prowling the streets in greater and greater numbers.

Ironically, due to the dramatic rise in insurance and fuel costs, or possibly because modified car fans were getting younger, engine sizes were actually getting smaller. Despite the fact that many enthusiasts were still driving powerful motors such as the Saxo VTS or Leon Cupra R, cars such as the Corsa C, Fiesta Zetec and Polo MK4 were becoming immensely popular.

Challenging Times

This trend brought with it a massive shift in consumer spending. Whilst the styling market had never been so lucrative, the tuning sector was almost grinding to a halt. Older enthusiasts who could afford the insurance and running costs of tuned high-performance cars were growing older and settling down. Cosworths were traded in for Mondeos, and thousands of modified cars were scrapped or dismantled for parts.

It is difficult to say exactly when it happened but to make matters worse, by 2002 the market was flooded with cheaply made bolt-on parts. The shift in spending from tuning to styling parts meant that the products in demand were now less complex to manufacture. As a result, hundreds of businesses in the UK started importing directly from factories in China. Everyone was copying products from someone else, and with more and more consumers buying goods from eBay, quality stepped down and price became king.

If ever the industry has experienced a 'dark time', this was certainly it. Droves of retailers closed their doors, and British product manufacturers slashed their product development budgets or even went out of business. Never was this more poignant than in 2006 when the UK's biggest performance exhaust brand Magnex ceased trading. To the modified car scene this was the equivalent of losing Woolworths from the British high street, and although the brand is thankfully now under new ownership, it proves how difficult a period the industry had suffered.

The Road To Recovery

At the time of writing, the modified car scene is still in troubled waters but despite being in the midst of a global recession, we're beginning to see positive signs of recovery,. We're also seeing further changes in buying habits. Whilst the market is still very styling-orientated, demand for high quality parts is growing. Despite the fact that pre-modified cars such as the Corsa VXR, Civic Type-R and Focus ST are growing in popularity and diminishing the need for aftermarket modifications, sales of premium styling parts from quality manufacturers such as Lumma, Team Dynamics and Momo are on the increase.

Product development is back in full swing, and it is interesting to note that many parts are now being developed for brand new models such as the Suzuki Swift, the new Corsa D and surprisingly, for prestige models including the BMW M6 and Porsche Cayenne. This may be in response to the previous credit boom that granted mass access to newer, more expensive cars, or even due to the credit crunch, with owners choosing to modify their cars as an alternative to replacing them.

So What Now?

Whatever the reason, the market is changing. Styling parts are becoming more subtle and are being manufactured to a higher standard. European models, particularly German, are back in favour and sales of mild tuning parts such as braking and suspension components are recovering. Customers are now getting a better deal, not by sacrificing quality but by shortening the supply chain. The industry is getting leaner, meaner and is growing in confidence, and that is definitely a good thing.

I believe the modified car scene is preparing itself for another revolution. Quite where we'll end up remains to be seen but it's fair to say there are some interesting times ahead, and that the world of custom cars is still well and truly alive.

Written by ex Max Power Magazine staffer 1999-2006
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