Monterey Car Week through the eyes of MAcarbon

MAcarbon had an extremely busy, but good Monterey Car Week this year. We had booths at 5 events this year and attended a few others. We started the “week” off by attending the Pre-Reunion races at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca. This is an awesome event and it’s very low key. There aren’t any crowds, the cars are amazing and it’s only $25. If you don’t want to pay you can watch the races from the “Cork Screw” for free.

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The next event was ‘Concours on the Avenue’ in Carmel-by-the-Sea. This is a free concours event on the main drag of Carmel and most importantly…it’s free. There is always a very eclectic group of cars here and it is a must see.

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Friday was the ‘Werks Reunion’ Porsche Club of America show and we had a tent displaying our carbon parts. This show is a must for all you Porschephiles, and the coral is probably more impressive than the show itself.

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A couple of us left ‘Werks Reunion’ and headed over to Monterey for the inaugural ‘Exotics on Canary Row’. This was the first year for this show, but you would never know it by the amount of people and cars in attendance. We had our booth set up overlooking the picturesque Monterey Bay, and we brought along two of our customer’s cars (Ferrari 360 Spider and Audi R8 V10 Coupe). Next to us was one of 3 or 4 McLaren P1’s. Also in attendance were a few Porsche 918’s, a couple Ferrari F50’s, a Pagani Huayra, a few Ferrari La Ferrari’s and a Mercedes CLK GTR…just to name a few. This is sure to become one of the more popular events during ‘Monterey Car Week’ in the years to come.

 

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On Saturday evening we had our parts on display at the ‘Serata Italiana’, held by our friends at the Lamborghini Club America. This was our 6th year sponsoring this event and it’s always a blast. Our table of parts was in set up in a beautiful court yard full of stunning Lamborghini’s including the prototype ‘Asterion’ hybrid and the new Aventador SV Roadster.

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When most of the events in Monterey were winding down, the Ferrari Club of America national meet was just getting started. On Sunday evening we had a booth at the Hyatt in Carmel for the national meet and had a great time talking to our old and new customers.
Monday was the Ferrari Club Concours, where we had a tent displaying our products. This was a really nice event with a great mix of Ferraris new and old.

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It was a tiring week, but it was a blast and we can’t wait for next year.  Click on the photos below to see the entire gallery!

 

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.

Monterey Car Week

August is right around the corner and we sure have a busy schedule ahead of us. Monterey Car week is one of our most exciting and hectic times of the year for us. We get to get out of the office to look at some wonderful cars and mingle with the car community. This year, we will be attending four events as a vendor (even though some of the team will attend more than just those events).

We start off on Friday, August 14th, with the Werks Reunion hosted by the Porsche Club of America. This event will be held at the Rancho Canada Golf Club from 7am to 4pm. Immediately following this event, we will be moving to Cannery Row to participate in Exotics on Cannery Row. That event will be held from 4pm to 8pm. Sunday the 16th and Monday the 17th, we will be attending the Mercato di Ferrari at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and at the Concours d-Elegance at the Nicklaus Club hosted by the Ferrari Club of America.

Some of the events at Monterey Car Week are free of charge, so if you are in the area, come say hello and also check out the wide variety of events going on. For more information, you can visit www.montereycarweek.com/Events.html for a full schedule of what is happening when in Monterey. If you wish to attend the FCA events, you can check http://www.fca2015.org/ for information.

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

 

SLS Install Guides

We’ve been making carbon parts for the SLS since the car came out in 2010, but we didn’t have any good pictures for our install guides. A few weeks ago, we had a long time customer of ours bring his SLS to get some new carbon trim put in.  We took advantage of the situation and were able to get what we needed in order to make installs easier for our customers. We now have the guides for Mirror Shells, Steering Wheel Spoke, Air Vents, and Steering Wheel. These install guides are available here!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

 

Carbon Restoration @ MAcarbon

Shortly after our previous carbon restoration story, we had a customer give us a call, saying he needed a part refinished. He had gone through a Lamborghini dismantling company and found an OEM Murcielago carbon console that was in good shape, but needed some work . He bought the console and it was shipped directly to us from the dismantler. I wish we had some pictures of the console before we restored it, but since it came from a junk yard, you can imagine that it wasn’t in the best shape. The console had some scratches, chips, and several blemishes in the clear coat.  We removed the old finish and re-sprayed it followed by a color sand and polish to make it better than new.

If you have any questions on carbon restoration or how to properly take care of your carbon products, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We are more than willing to help!

The MAcarbon Quality

At MAcarbon, we make parts that we are proud of and pride making a quality product that looks as good or better than OEM.

That final 10%: The thing that makes us stand out from the rest, is our attention to detail…that final 10%. We use the best carbon fiber available at any price and lay it down with as little distortion as possible. We always match the OEM carbon patterns and we pay close attention to the direction of the carbon pattern, the finish and overall look of the part. After several layers of clear and sanding we always do a final ‘color sand’ making the parts smooth and free of any ‘orange peel’.

 

Lamborghini Gallardo Air Vents (Second set ever) and Map Light

 

 

We make parts that stand the test of time and never look aftermarket. In late 2005, We made this set of vents and map light. The vents are actually the second set we had ever made for a Gallardo (the weave is in the wrong direction, because we made these before Lamborghini offered carbon for the Gallardo). Even though these parts have been installed and used for some time, they are still in perfect condition.

Our products are made to last – with quality second to none, and nothing motivates us more than a happy customer.

Porsche is back at Le Mans with a big win!

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First off, we want to congratulate everyone involved!

Porsche has bagged its first outright win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 1998 with the no. 19 car of Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber and Nico Hulkenberg, following an enthralling fight with Audi at the Circuit de la Sarthe. The no. 19 car took control of the race at the halfway point in the race following a string of dominant stints by Tandy behind the wheel of the 919 Hybrid, with both Hulkenberg and Bamber also produced impressive displays. The top honors lay with Porsche and marked another milestone in the German marque’s LMP1 mission. After returning in 2014 and claiming its first FIA World Endurance Championship victory, Porsche has now won the biggest event of them all at Le Mans, and will now be setting its sights on a full WEC title victory at the end of the season.

Here at MAcarbon, we love Porsches. They are  great because it’s not what you can see on paper. Porsche is a brand for drivers and driving. They make people feel amazing. It is why you can see Porsche enthusiasts in numbers that not even Ferrari or Lamborghini can muster. When you see a Porsche you know exactly what it is, yet you know that each generation is unique. Their magic is in turning grown men into little kids.