SEMA 2017

This upcoming week, we are going to be at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nevada. We don’t have a booth again this year, but we are definitely going to be walking around on the floor and looking at all the cool stuff the industry has to offer. This year there will be over 2,500 new products on display, with over 2,400 exhibiting companies filling over a million square feet of the Las Vegas Convention Center. That’s going to be a lot of walking in a just a couple of days!

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We had the wonderful opportunity of working with Heartland Customs on their new Menace project which will be displayed at the Covercraft booth.  Heartland Customs takes classic cars and turns them into modern custom exotic cars.  The guys at Heartland Customs took  a 1972 Chevrolet Corvette and turned it into something marvelous. They redesigned the chassis with their SPECVETTE chassis and then fitted the car with a custom interior. The Menace has a fuel injected 860hp all aluminum 427, six speed manual transmission, and everything else is custom. The Heartland guys say its “basically the most modernized C3 Corvette ever built!” Everything from a new drivetrain, to a new dash, new electronics, new seats, and new upholstery was all custom. These guys even fitted our carbon McLaren airvents into the dash of this car!

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The Menace project had about 5 years of planning and we had about 3 weeks to do knock out the carbon interior for them. Door sills, consoles, dash pieces, a diffuser, and a front lip was all done and turned out really nice.   You can check out the entire build by clicking the following link: https://goo.gl/PtSw8q

We are really excited to this car and all the other cars that are going to be displayed at SEMA. Be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram for the latest SEMA updates as we will be walking around and sharing our experience.

 

 

MAcarbon ‘Integrated Nicoles’ Extended Shift Paddles For McLarens

NEW! MAcarbon ‘Integrated Nicoles’  Extended Shift Paddles For McLarens

 

Application: Every McLaren since 2011 (12C, 650, 670, 570, etc.)

 

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Since the McLaren MP4-12C burst on to the scene in 2011, we have been offering our extended shift paddles ‘Nicoles’ for it and all of the McLarens since.

 

The ‘Nicoles’ have been a great seller for us and everyone that has purchased them has loved them. They offer an extended area for shifting (we know you don’t drive with your hands at 9 and 3 o’clock all the time), they look cool, and they are super

We really like the way our standard ‘Nicoles’ look and dig the contrast from the OEM paddle to the carbon extensions, but there have been customers and potential customers that want the “integrated” look of the MSO carbon paddles from McLaren.

 

For those customer’s that want the clean integrated look, we are now offering a solution. We take the factory paddles and graft our Extensions on, making one complete shift paddle unit that’s seamless and sexy.

 

Check out the ‘Integrated Nicoles’ on our website here: ‘integrated Nicoles’

Give us a call or email us with any questions about these or any of our other products:

-650-489-4415

-sales@macarbon.com

easy to install by the customer.  Being easy to install is a key factor, since McLaren dealerships are few and far between.

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The Standard ‘Nicoles’ Extended Paddles. Our stick-on style paddles.

 

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‘Integrated Nicoles’ Extended Paddles

 

 

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‘Integrated Nicoles’ Extended Paddles

 

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MAcarbon customer’s Porsche Cayman wins at Werks Reunion 2016

MAcarbon Customer Wins Best In Class At Werks Reunion 2016 PCA Concours.

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James Gatewood has been a friend and good customer of ours since 2013 when he bought the first piece of carbon for his 2008 Porsche Cayman. Since then James has been racking up top three finishes in PCA concours throughout Northern California, but all of them pale in comparison to the Werks Reunion. With around 1,000 Porsches on site during what is considered by many as the greatest car week in the world ‘Monterey Car Week’ is nothing short of amazing. James finished the event with top honors in his class and he couldn’t stop smiling. We are extremely happy for James and we think it shows the quality of our carbon, that our parts can pass the scrutiny from concours judges and come out on top.

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SL Black Series Console Restoration

Last week, we had a customer send in his Mercedes SL Black Series center console. This thing looked as if it had better days. Most of the carbon needed to replaced because the factory carbon laminate was breaking and peeling off the plastic pieces. The silver trim pieces around the start button were also getting damaged from the carbon peeling off. The rest of the carbon looked faded and was losing its touch of finesse. We immediately got to work on this console.

We don’t just make the best quality carbon products but we take care of them as well. Once again, we were able to bring this carbon console back to life!  We re-laminated the carbon fiber that was on the console and the ashtray and polished the  carbon around the gear selector. All we have to do now is put back the electronics and send the console back to its owner!

Rennsport Reunion V

Porsche Rennsport Reunion V, held every four years and last held in 2011 at Mazda Raceway, is the largest gathering of Porsche race cars and drivers in the world. Iconic Porsche models like the 356, 911, 917, 937 and 919 and iconic drivers like Jacky Ickx, Derek Bell, Vic Elford, Hans Stuck, and Hurley Haywood who have made Porsche racing history have come together for this celebration on the Monterey Peninsula. Hosted by PCNA, Rennsport Reunion brings together an extraordinary gathering of significant Porsche vintage and current racecars, as well those who have designed, engineered, and driven them to victory in the world’s most famous sports car races.  The three-day event of on-track competition was complemented by a Concours d’Elegance, which is open to invited race participants, and special activities celebrating each of the six decades of legendary Porsche racecars. This event assembled a wide variety of Porsche’s most historic racing models from the nimble mid-engine 550 Spyder of the mid-Fifties, through the mighty 917 and 956/962 of the Seventies and Eighties, to the highly successful 911 GT3 RSR and RS Spyder of the last decade.

Here is a little coverage of the gems we found at Rennsport:

 

Cars Yeah Podcast

 

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When we were at Monterey Car week last month, we were approached  by Mike Green host of the Cars Yeah podcast.  Mike  was interested in speaking with John, president of MAcarbon, to tell  the story of how the company got started and how we got where we are now.  In the interview John talks about his passion for cars, his path to founding MAcarbon and what makes MAcarbon different from other carbon companies.

Click on the link below to listen to the podcast!

http://carsyeah.com/ourportfolio/339-john-borchelt/

 

Forged Carbon

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  Lamborghini has started to add a new type of carbon fiber to their line of supercars. The Huracan, Aventador SV, and the new Asterion have forged carbon trim all over. The “forging” process transforms randomly chopped up bits of carbon fibers and, under very high pressure forms them into shapes that unlike woven carbon fiber are equally strong in all directions. This new material’s first use outside of the Sesto Elemento was in the Aventador Roadster’s roof, and now it’s part of an optional package that puts the new material on display in the engine bay of the new Huracan. In an interview with Road & Track, Lamorghini’s head of design, Filippo Perini, explained the benefits of this carbon. “This is carbon fiber that is random – we call this forged carbon fiber, it’s a material that is pretty new. The fibers are random. It is structural, and aesthetic. The first time we used this material was in the Sesto Elemento concept car, and we discovered a lot of potential of this material. And now we’re starting to introduce it in production.”

Being carbon fiber experts, we thought we would give this process a try. We developed forged carbon paddle shifters for the Huracan. We attended the Serata Italiana Awards Dinner Gala on in Monterey, CA this past weekend where we got to see Lamborghini’s forged carbon first hand on their new Asterion. As you can see from the pictures, we have successfully matched it! All of our molded products can now be done in this forged carbon to match the rest of the forged carbon parts Lamborghini provides.

Carbon Fiber PDK Paddle Extensions by MAcarbon

Over the last few years we have had great success with our shift paddle extensions for Lamborghini, McLaren, Audi, etc. and now we can add Porsche to that list.

We are proud to introduce our new 991 / 997 PDK Extended paddles. These paddles will fit any Porsche that has the Sport design steering wheel with PDK shifting paddles, and the carbon weave matches the factory carbon. The MAcarbon extended paddles are molded to fit around the stock PDK paddles giving you a much larger surface area to shift with during aggressive driving.

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Installation of these paddles is just as easy as the other ones and can be done by almost anyone. We use an extremely strong 3M Tape and provide you with an adhesion promoter, so that the paddles won’t budge once installed.

A little more restoration for a poor GTR wing…

We had a customer give us a call a few weeks ago asking if we could fix his Nissan GTR wing. The customer had bought the wing used from somewhere. When he brought down the wing, as you can see in the photos, the carbon had some scratches, chips, and quite a bit of blemish in the clear coat.

It was time for us to give this wing the MAcarbon treatment. Once again, we removed the old finish and re-sprayed it, followed by a color sand and polish to make it better than new. Now this wing shines as if it came off the showroom floor!

Unveiling of the Ferrari 488 GTB

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Ferrari Silicon Valley invited us to their unveiling party for the new Ferrari 488 GTB. Seeing in person really makes you appreciate every aspect of the car, and from everything we have heard from respected journalist like “Chris Harris”, it drives better than it looks. This latest iteration of Ferrari’s mid engine V8 is a beast with extremely big shoes to fill, as it replaces the much acclaimed and much loved 458 Italia, which has been claimed by some critics as the best sports car in the world. It follows old-school Ferrari nomenclature – 488 for the displacement (487.75cc) and GTB for Gran Turismo Berlinetta, which was first used on Ferrari’s first mid-engine V8 (the 308 GTB).

The rationale behind Ferrari’s new turbo V8s is only slightly different, rooted in an increasing green consciousness among elite buyers and government mandates to reduce CO2 emissions. Forced induction remains the best way to reduce displacement and continue the horsepower increases expected from a brand like Ferrari. While the engineers in Maranello  admit they’d probably prefer to pass on turbochargers, they also say the challenge has presented big opportunity. The result of their brilliance is astonishing. The 488’s 3.9-liter generates 670 hp at 8,000 rpm, and 560 lb-ft of torque at 3,000 rpm. That’s 107 more horsepower than the California T’s V8. More to the point, it’s 18 percent or 98 hp more than the larger 458 V8, with a dramatic 40 percent increase in torque (162 lb-ft). With 179 hp and 144 lb-ft per liter of displacement, the 488 GTB delivers the highest specific output of any road-going Ferrari to date.

The 488 GTB lives up to just about everything you’d want or expect, but the analysis comes down to a central question: Can a turbocharged engine deliver on expectations formed by the greatest of naturally aspirated V8s? The answer is yes, with a few ups and downs along the way. Overall, this car is amazing. Everything from the aerodynamics to the engine has been thoroughly planned and designed. The 488 blows the 458 out of the water in every way.

Once parts become available, MAcarbon will start providing parts for the 488 and make what is already a very special car, even better and more exclusive.

Now we did take some photos of this car, but there were so many people at the event that we couldn’t get a quality shot. The minute the red drapes where removed, the car disappeared within the crowd.

 

Click the link below to watch Chris Harris review the 488 GTB

Chris Harris and the 488 GTB