January 10th 2022
After Completing our Porsche 996 Forged Carbon Widebody, for our next project we were looking for something with a few more cylinders and a bit more noise.
Exotic Car Gear decided on a 2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage for the next Carbon project car. The theme for our Aston will be a 6k twill weave finished in Matte with a V pattern. However, just like with our Porsche 996, Carbon will not be the only thing we will be doing to this car. We will be working closely with other big name companies and companions such as Fitment Industries and Velocity AP to help make our Aston Martin Project become a reality. Our Aston Martin 6K Carbon Project as already begun, but is far from completion. This article will be consistently updated as we progress through this build, so stay tuned for updates!
Photos of the Aston Martin the day we picked her up
Some of the more notable things we will be doing to this car are listed below:
- Carbon/leather interior dress up
- Carbon hood, front lip, rear diffuser, rear spoiler and more
- BC Racing Coilovers
- Wheels (brand not decided)
- Toyo Tires
- Velocity AP Catless Test Pipes
- Velocity AP Tune
The first step to the Aston project is to completely strip the interior down. We will be refinishing and restoring the interior with updated leather and Matte 6k Carbon with the V pattern. We will also be installing sportier seats, English stitched headliner and a custom carbon fiber steering wheel. Below are some photos of the Astons interior fully stripped of all the parts that will soon be carbon.
BC Racing Coilovers
January 11th 2022
The second step we took towards completing our Aston project was installing BC Racing BR Series Coilovers. We approached our friend Alex over at Fitment Industries for some assistance with our build. He was kind enough to point us in the direction we wanted to go in choosing the right coilovers for our Aston, and we have also been working with Alex to find the perfect set of wheels for the Aston. We ended up going with the Aston BC Racing BR Series Coils, for maximum low and adjustability, and though we have yet to put the car on the group and take it for a drive to get a feel for them, we are more than happy with how they look on the car.
Assembling the Interior
January 20th 2022
With the Coilovers installed, we have begun assembling all of the 6k matte carbon trim and diamond stitched panels installed on the interior of our Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Steady progress has been made over the last week and at this point we are about half done. We have the steering wheel installed and finished to match the rest of the car with the 6k matte carbon fiber with white stitching and a white 12 o clock reference line to compliment it. Additionally, we have the entire center console installed and completed, With diamond stitching on the back end of it and Matte carbon surrounded with smooth leather on the mid to front end. Furthermore, we have the entirety of the back seat area completed, with the inner walls finished in matte 6k with the V pattern and the Strut bars finished to match. A small but tasteful touch we have also installed are white seat belts. Lastly, few more notable pieces we also installed are the gauge cluster and most of the inner door panels.
Brakes and Rotors
May 5th, 2022
We had custom 2 piece rotors, drilled and slotted, commissioned for the Aston along with having the OEM Brembo calipers refinished in white and the “Aston Martin” text refinished in black.
May 5th, 2022
After weeks of careful consideration and research we were finally able to decide on wheels for the Aston. We already knew we wanted to go black for the wheels, and we wanted a different style than what we chose for the Porsche. We also didn’t want anything too over the top or too underwhelming. With the help of all of the Exotic Car Gear associates, we narrowed down our choices to one. We ended up going with the Verde V20 Insignias with a +20 offset. We think these wheels turned out amazing and believe they suit the car well. For rubber, we wanted a quality tire that can really pack a punch and enhance the grip around turns without breaking the bank. Therefore, the Toyo Proxies sport tires seemed like an obvious choice.
Exterior Details and Badges
We have installed quite a few carbon and other exterior bits to really make the Aston Unique. All of the exterior carbon fiber you see below are parts we actually carry and sell for the vantage, I guess you could say we got a little high on our own supply. Specifically, we installed our Aston Martin V8 Rear diffuser, our Aston martin taillight trim, mirror caps, and our vantage rear spoiler lip. For the badges, we had a good friend and business partner of ours custom design and engrave them for the Aston, and we are more than pleased with how they turned out.