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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Playing with Vinyl

 

 

 

 

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.

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W205 Carbon Interior

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.

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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. 20151016_174633

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!

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MAcarbon’s New Mobile Website

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!

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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!

 

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

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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.