NEW! MAcarbon ‘Integrated Nicoles’ Extended Shift Paddles For McLarens
Application: Every McLaren since 2011 (12C, 650, 670, 570, etc.)
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’
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easy to install by the customer. Being easy to install is a key factor, since McLaren dealerships are few and far between.
The Standard ‘Nicoles’ Extended Paddles. Our stick-on style paddles.
‘Integrated Nicoles’ Extended Paddles
‘Integrated Nicoles’ Extended Paddles
MAcarbon Customer Wins Best In Class At Werks Reunion 2016 PCA Concours.
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.
Last week, a customer of ours bought a 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia. While the car was being prepped at the dealership, we were asked to come down and install some carbon fiber pieces to the already existing factory carbon that was in the car. The entire install took about half the day and we ended up needing to come back the next day for a few minor adjustments to make sure everything was just how it should be.
We amplified the cars engine bay, added our new headlight switch surround, center console, door sills, and changed out the door handles.
As you can see, the engine bay of the Ferrari 458 is fairly simple. Removing all the metal and plastic surround was pretty simple – except one part: the Fuel Pump covers. The OEM covers use an insulation that needs to be reused. Now these are hot glued in and can be a little hard to remove. Once everything is off, the 458 engine looks pretty cool. You really can get a look at what masterpiece Ferrari is putting into their super cars.
The side engine bay covers and the rear panel slide in perfectly. We ended up taking these in and out to find out the best possible way to make them fit. We realized that the carbon pieces have a weather stripping already on them. We found that it would actually look better if you removed the weather stripping on the side of the panels and then reapplied the OEM weather stripping off the original panels. This gave a true OEM look and fitment.
Once everything fit correctly, it was time to install the fuel pump covers. There are two bolts that hold these in and swapping them out is as easy as one, two, three!
After the pump covers, rear panel, and side panels are installed, it was time for the engine lock and air box. For aesthetic purposes, we transferred over the emblem from the original air box over to the new carbon one. A simple process using a heat gun and one of our install tools, we pried it off, removed and reapplied new adhesive and stuck it on there.
Once the engine bay was complete, it was time to take a picture =)
Now it was time to move towards the interior. The headlight switch surround took about 45 minutes to install. We started out by removing the lower driver side panel, disconnected the switches, replaced the unit and then put everything back in. You can find the install guide to the headlight switch here.
Once everything was installed and ready to go, we got a glimpse of the dealership putting in all the cars they had on the lot. We spotted a large array of beautiful Ferraris including a few 430 Scuderias and even a brand new 488!
A long time customer of ours sent in his 599 instrument cluster surround to get some carbon fiber. However, he wanted something different – he wanted to add a little extra color to his carbon. We laminated the cluster top and retained the stock factory carbon bottom piece from Ferrari. The customer wanted pin stripes, however, John and the customer couldn’t come up with something satisfying for either side. After playing around with some designs, we were able to get something going. Our vinyl guy added a yellow stripe to the carbon. This time, however, we did not put the vinyl underneath the clear coat. The reason we did this is because we wanted the customer to feel out if he likes the stripes. We didn’t want to do something permanent on something he was not sure about. If he doesn’t like the stripes, he can always just peel the vinyl off with no damage to the carbon. If he does, then we can always paint and re-clear the piece.
The W205 C63 was released earlier this year. We must say this is one elegant car to look at. The new engine is shared with the AMG GT and its exterior is brilliantly curved. The interior is a huge upgrade compared to the W204 model and it looks better than ever. This new interior face-lift gives the W205 an SLS look and feel. From the sporty seats to the new center console, its a complete turn around. The W205 does have factory carbon fiber options, but there are still a few things that do not come in carbon.
We were able to get some of the interior trim in so we can start manufacturing parts for the W205. Once the parts came in, we needed to take all the trim apart to figure out how we are going to laminate the carbon and to see how the entire unit worked as a whole. These parts a little more tricky than the W204 parts, but they are made very well by Mercedes.
Once we add a little of our carbon magic to them, they will look fantastic. Within the next couple of weeks, we will have the door trim, dash trim, and the air vents available for the W205!
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!
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:
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!
These days, people are spending more and more time on mobile devices. They expect to be able to do more from their phones and tablets at any moments notice. They expect information to be available at their fingertips. We recently revamped our mobile website, and now you can easily access our website anywhere you go!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!