Race cars and high-performance exotics have long been using carbon fiber body parts to cut weight and improve performance, but now that technique has trickled down to more mainstream cars. California-based Hot Rods & Hobbies recently customized a 2009 Nissan GT-R by replacing its roof, doors, hood, front fascia, and more with new body panels fashioned from the lightweight material.
The transformation took three months of work, and began with the team removing the GT-R’s windows and roof panel, then replacing the latter with a full carbon-fiber piece. The same was done for the hood, doors, front fascia, side skirts, rear wing, mirrors, and other body components. Despite the trend to show off the fiber weave pattern beneath several layers of clear coat, all carbon fiber parts were painted in the factory color, which the custom shop suggests makes it “a lighter-weight sleeper.”
Of course, reducing mass isn’t the only way to make a car go faster: Mines Japan also upgraded the engine with a tune said to produce 600 hp, along with a new throttle body, new exhausts, and new intercooler plumbing. The modified GT-R also sports coilover suspension, upgraded anti-roll bars, carbon-ceramic brakes, and new 18-inch black wheels. Inside, the car has Japanese-spec carbon-fiber seats, carbon fiber trim, a built-in radar detector, and an iPod connection.
The GT-R was built for a customer of Hot Rods & Hobbies. One very, very lucky customer, as far as we can tell…
Source: Hot Rods & Hobbies