Oakley Design is working on an aftermarket tuning job on the all-new Lamborghini Aventador. Usually, with supercars so aesthetically perfect, it would be madness to try to change anything. However, the photo results show that Oakley Design is a highly competent tuning house with some good taste. Nothing over the top to see here, people….
Although subtle, Oakley’s exterior updates to the Aventador are clean and add to the supercar’s exotic appearance. Design touches include larger side vents, wider side sills, a deeper rear diffuser and carbon fiber on the side mirrors, roof and engine bay. This is topped-off with Oakley Design’s signature rims — 19-inch for the front tires and 20-inch rear.
But you would be mistaken to think that all Oakley Design has in store for the Lamborghini Aventador is cosmetic touches. As if the Aventador LP700-4’s nearly 700 horsepower wasn’t enough, the tuning team is aiming to suck-out 760-horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque out of this monster. How, you ask? Well, among other things, through larger airbox and intakes and a lighter titanium exhaust system. Still don’t believe any of this? Read through Oakley Design’s press release for the full scoop. The pictures are also there for your viewing pleasure.
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Oakley Design Lamborghini Aventador LP760-2
Press Release May 2011
Following international acclaim for their finely honed Ferrari 458, Porsche GT2, GT3 and Panamera conversions, Oakley Design is now proud to announce their tuning programme for the Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador.
Production of the Oakley Design LP760-2 will be limited to just five cars, each bearing a unique numbered plaque. Three of these are already sold. Outside of this Limited Edition model, individual parts will be available for clients who do not require the complete package.
A new ultra-light, forged alloy wheel is being developed in conjunction with our partner HRE. Weighing around 4.0kg less per corner than the factory alloys, this is the distinctive Oakley Design P40 design used on our Ferrari and Porsche based models.
We retain the factory 255/35ZR19 front and 355/30ZR20 Pirelli PZero tyres, but increase wheel width from 9.0J to 9.5 inch in front, and from 12.0J to 13.0J at the rear. This gives the car a wider footprint, and endows the rear wheels with more mechanical grip in ‘corsa’ mode.
Although the majority of owners will purchase just the carbon-fibre parts, sports exhaust and re-mapped ECU, a few hard-core clients are interested in a rear-drive only option for further weight saving and increased performance.
After our success tuning the Ferrari 458 Italia to 640bhp, and also having driven the Underground Racing twin-turbo F458 with 880bhp, we feel that the Aventador, with its very stiff full carbon monocoque and advanced suspension design, should also be able to handle this level of power with just rear-wheel-drive.
We are developing several suspension upgrade alternatives with our partner Intrax, and the removal of the front differential, drive shafts and associated front drivetrain parts will reduce kerb weight by around 85kgs.
Lamborghini’s claimed outputs of 690bhp and 690Nm (508 lb/ft) of torque, will be increased by around 10% with an ECU remap optimising a larger airbox, intake feed pipe diameter and a titanium exhaust system that will also save over 30kg. Our target is 760bhp with 745Nm (550 lb/ft) of torque. The angular cover surrounding the four exhaust outlet pipes will feature the Oakley Design logo and signature burnt blue tip look.
Despite having a carbon-fibre bodyshell, the Aventador has many gloss black plastic parts.
The two plastic front bumper and two rear bumper trims will be extended to aid cooling, as will the side air intakes located behind the doors. The new parts will be made from carbon-fibre, as will the new side sills with their slightly larger vents. The sills can either be colour-coded to the bodywork, with the air vents picked out in carbon, or left completely in exposed carbon finish for a more aggressive look.
Developed in the MIRA wind tunnel, the rear Gurney flap, matched to a deeper rear diffuser with longer, deeper boundary layer fences, helps high-speed stability and grip on both two and four-wheel-drive versions.
The carbon-fibre door mirrors and engine bay covers are direct replacement parts. Along with the black carbon roof, they give this very special Aventador its distinctive Oakley Design look.
Toyota Supra Gets TRD Carbon Aero Upgrades, 19-Inch Wheels
Sprucing up your Supra with these composite pieces won’t come cheap.
Toyota has revealed a carbon fiber body kit and some new wheels for the reborn Supra.
Unveiled in Japan, the Gazoo Racing/TRD upgrades include front and rear spoilers, side door garnishes, and side skirts, giving the car a lower appearance and bare-composite look that contrasts with the painted bodywork.
Further upping the Supra’s appearance is an available set of GR 19-inch forged aluminum wheels that are painted in black to match the carbon aerodynamic elements.
Pray that you have money to burn because each individual upgrade costs the equivalent of at at least $1000. The front splitter, for instance, fetches 320,000 yen ($2,907 at current exchange rates), while the spiffy set of wheels go for 640,000 yen ($5,813).
Toyota hasn’t confirmed if they will be available in North American or Europe, so you might need to figure out how to import them and incur the added cost of doing so.
In other news, the Supra is a fuel efficient sports car.
Dr. Dre’s Custom Cadillac Escalade is Mansion on Wheels
Thanks to a highly-successfully music career, Dr. Dre is a very rich man with a big house or two, many fast cars and now a new custom Cadillac Escalade ESV that’s pretty much a mansion on wheels. We’re not kidding…
The Escalade ESV is the longer version of the regular Escalade and fetches around $100,000 in the United States when fully loaded. It’s a very nice and luxurious SUV out of the factory, but apparently not opulent enough for Dre’s needs and desires.
Not only did he have his customized Escalade stretched even further, but he also made it taller, making its interior even more voluminous to accommodate such ‘usual’ luxury amenities as, you know, an exercise bike. All it seems to be missing is a Jacuzzi and a basketball court.
It’s a beast of a vehicle, and expectedly, Dr. Dre and his friends will be chauffeured around in it.
Sources claim his unique Escalade, which was modified by Becker Automotive Design, costs around $200,000, and that’s not hard to believe. I mean, just look at it!
Canadians Build World’s Fastest Hot Tub
Canada isn’t known for brash accomplishments, but two engineers lit a big spotlight on the introverted country when they took a 1999 Cadillac DeVille and built it into the world’s fastest hot tub.
Why anyone would want to build the fastest hot tub is beyond me, but what Phillip Weicker and Ducan Forster managed to achieved is quite the accomplishment. Before we delve into how they were able to do what they did, let’s look back at how it all started.
Time travel to 1996, when the two gearheads were engineering students at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Presumably after drinking a lot of Molson beer, they became inspired by the famous Ernest Hemingway quote: “Always do sober what you say you’d do when intoxicated.” Empowered by those strong, motivating words, they planned the impossible.
Weicker and Forster took an abandoned car left on their campus (a 1982 Chevrolet Malibu) and — you guessed it — turned it into a hot tub. More specifically, a fully-operational and fully-drivable, hot tub…
Fast forward several years after that ‘little’ project and the duo have landed jobs as professional engineers. And as often is the case with those born with an insatiable creative urge, the desire to go “bigger and faster” reared its head, and bigger and faster they went…
“The Carpool Deville” project they began involved purchasing an $800 1999 Cadillac DeVille and then gutting it. Its interior was removed and an elaborate, custom fiberglass tub was installed.
For driving, a marine-style steering wheel, a gauge cluster, and throttle controls were fitted, while the 427-cubic inch V8 was rebuilt to not only propel the DeVille to speeds of over 50 mph, but also to heat the pool water to a balmy 102 degrees.
Since completing the Carpool DeVille in 1999, Phillip Weicker and Ducan Forster have become minor celebrities and emblematic of what can happen when you think creatively. Those who said that “a 50+ MPH hot tub was just a dream and could never be created” didn’t know what they were talking about. Let’s face it, the two persistent Canadian engineers have made automotive history. OK, sort of…
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