458 Install Day

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.

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We amplified the cars engine bay, added our new headlight switch surroundcenter console, door sills, and changed out the door handles.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Once the engine bay was complete, it was time to take a picture =)

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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.

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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!

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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

 

Diablo 6.0 Blue Carbon

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For the last 10 years, we have been asked if we could do carbon pieces for the Diablo 6.0.  We could, but the problem was that the 6.0 used a unique to Lamborghini twill carbon with a blue Kevlar thread.   Since we had no way to match that, we had to inform the customer that the pieces wouldn’t match.  Recently, a customer put us in touch with a company that had had a roll made to match the mythical blue carbon.  They were gracious enough to sell us part of the roll. So we now have the Lamborghini Diablo 6.0 Blue Carbon Trim Available! We have already done the first car and are working on a second project now.  This weave is truly unique. With it, you can now upgrade many of the plastic parts in the 6.0 to carbon.

 

 

Contact us for pricing and information!

Modifying an SLS

Yesterday, a long time customer of ours came by the shop with his beautiful SLS to get some carbon added. The car had a perfect blend of red and black leather along with OEM carbon and silver trim. After years of selling and manufacturing carbon parts for this car, this was the first time an SLS had rolled into our shop. The craftsmanship of the car was really nice. It was really interesting to see how the car was designed. The way the engine sat towards the back of the engine bay really caught our attention.SONY DSC

Our customer was interested in some carbon vents, mirror shells, and some carbon shift paddles. Once he dropped off his car, we began to work on it. This gave us a great opportunity to create a several install guides (Coming Soon!). We  discovered that the mirror shells are not as easy to replace as some say it may be, but a trick to it was to remove the glass mirror first! The W204 mirror shells and SLS mirror shells are almost identical, but removing them is not. Everything had to be done extremely carefully because you would not want to replace that $800 glass mirror.

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Before Install

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Carbon Mirror Shell Installed

 

Once we finished the exterior, we moved to the interior. We swapped the silver vents with carbon ones to compliment the carbon trim throughout the rest of the vehicle.  Our customer told us that he wanted something unique in order to stand out amongst his supercar friends. We had a special set of red carbon shift paddles just for him. Once we set in the new carbon wheel center and red carbon paddles, we added the carbon extensions. We let everything sit in for a couple moments. The red and black carbon totally compliments the rest of the car’s color. Even though it may seem minor, you can see that the detail truly adds to the elegance of the car.

 

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Special Red Carbon Paddles / Carbon Shift Paddle Extensions / Carbon Wheel Center

Carbon Vents

Carbon Vents

 

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Special Red Carbon Paddles / Carbon Shift Paddle Extentions / Carbon Wheel Center

Interior Install Complete!

 

Great minds think alike!

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To our delight, while thumbing through the lastest EVO magazine we found the article of Hot Shoe Jethro Bovingdon describing upgrading the wheels of a 996 Turbo.  Lightness was his main concern, as well as ours. Great minds do think alike as we came up with the same conclusion,

OZ Racing Allaggrittas

These wheels, among the lightest available are low pressure cast and heat treated. They are also treated to a beautiful titanium finish.

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With nearly thirty years of Formula One experience and offered as OEM equipment on any number of Ferraris the choice became obvious.

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We have the technology!

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Above is a 3-D scan of our upcoming Lamborghini Aventador shift paddle. This part of the paddle can’t be made of carbon, so we are having it made out of another material so that it will work without any compromises …. it’s all in the details.

Below is our first prototype …. the above piece will be incorporated into the carbon fiber mold in order to achieve an OEM fit and a seem-less finish

Lamborghini Aventador product line

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Four of a kind!

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Carbon Fiber trumps metal every time!

Upgrade the air vents on your SLS!

Mercedes SLS Air Vent Set

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Mercedes Keyless-Go Starter Button

 

 

 

MAcarbon has come out with a starter button that is a fun enhancement to your Keyless-Go Mercedes. We always use a brand new genuine MBZ button. We make sure the push action is perfect. This button fits any Mercedes with the Keyless-Go feature. Installs in moments!

 

 

 

Porshe 991 new product line

Techart Porsche 991 at Sharkwerks gets some MAcarbon goodies

The 991 is Porsche’s latest version of the iconic 911. Take a look at the 991, you will find Porsche’s basic principle in design and development refined once again. With this Porsche they have taken the interior up to a new level. While Porsche focuses on the driver’s experience like no other, this time they also focus on the driver’s environment.

       
  We recently did our first local 991 interior installation and we would like to share the pictures with you. What you see here is a 2013 991 Carrera ‘S’ with a Techart conversion, the first one in the United States.  This customer really likes to be first as back in 2005 he was our first 997 customer. Northern California’s premier Porsche shop, Sharkwerks performed the body and suspension modifications. Techart provided the new nose, body kit and type II rear wing. Giving the car it’s aggressive stance is a set of Techart’s forged type III wheels wrapped in Pirelli Pzeros. A really striking combination!

Once behind the wheel, after slipping past our custom door sills, you will notice a full-compliment of our carbon fiber accessories. Two of the most prominent pieces are the chronometer ‘mushroom’ and the dashboard strip. Sandwiched between the shift knob and the console you will see the PDK shift surround. All three pieces are adorned with a weave pattern that matches any existing oem carbon fiber.  

If you can catch this car standing still, have a look inside!

 

 

 

 

MAcarbon’s McLaren MP4-12C product line

With the MP4-12C, McLaren has created a worthy follow-up to the legendary supercar, the F1. The carbon fiber monocoque chassis weighs only 176 pounds. Called a MonoCell, this one-piece pressing has been developed directly from Formula One technology.
MAcarbon is actively working on a variety of carbon fiber parts for the 12C. Despite a simple competition-bred interior, the car has many components that can be enhanced by carbon fiber.
Let’s start with the steering wheel. Some say the factory offering is a little too plain. Make it the focal point of your interior by adding carbon fiber. If you want a thicker wheel, just ask. You can choose smooth leather, suede or a combination of both. A special touch is our fine stitch work that is offered in a variety of colors.
Behind the wheel you will find the shift paddles, or ‘Nicoles’ as McLaren calls them. We offer carbon fiber shift paddle extensions much like the ones that many of our R8 customers rave about. These allow a larger range of hand placement while driving. The installation is simple and only takes a few minutes.