If you are asked to name two of the more dramatic supercars of the past two years, undoubtedly, the Lamborghini Aventador and McLaren MP4-12C would feature in most people’s reckoning. They represent the pinnacle of design and performance. Each also costs a fortune to obtain, and it seems unlikely you’ll bump into another on the drive towards the Hamptons. Yet California styling specialist, Vorsteiner, felt there would be sufficient demand for parts that would make these cars stand out much more.
While many people would be happy enough just to drive one of these monsters, Peter Nam, together with his Southern California design and production team, decided to attempt what might appear to be the impossible: to provide the McLaren MP4-12C and Lamborghini Aventador a bit more attitude!
As being the 1990s proved, anybody can screw up an absolutely nice car with a perfectly horrendous wing. Yet Vorsteiner is incorporated in the business for the long haul and isn’t about to ruin its carefully developed reputation with anything quite so tacky.
Starting with CSL-style upgrades for the E46 M3, Vorsteiner has grown steadily, gaining headlines with its widebody E92 M3 and more recently branching out into Porsche, other and MercedesSo that you can really understand what the Lamborghini owner needed, Peter purchased an Aventador LP700-4 as a company car and immersed himself within its splendor. He was determined to maintain his OEM approach – an expression usually used on intelligently modified VWs, but equally applicable here. Besides its bolder widebody conversion, Vorsteiner has grown to be synonymous with subtle, discreet add-ons that enhance the stock car rather than disguise it under a mass of spoilers.
Having a desire for perfection and as a sign that utilizing the Aventador was far from easy, the conversion would take almost a year to finish to Peter’s very high standards. And when you first see it, the carbon fiber additions don’t instantly jump out, yet you’re still drawn to the vehicle. It simply encourages you to take a closer look, together with the additions revealing themselves slowly as your eyes pass along the entire body. This is a difficult feat to execute because it’s easy to underplay nobody and everything notices all of your hard work. Equally, it’s very simple to go too far and ruin the vehicle you determine out to improve.
Aware that Lamborghini and McLaren should never be his company’s butter and bread, Peter established Vorsteiner Nero as a banner under which exclusive lines for Ferrari, Bentley and Rolls-Royce will also exist. They will be low volume products, created to the identical high standards but separate from BMW,Audi and Mercedes, etc.
One of the reasons the Lamborghini took so long to create was that his team of designers was busy with other projects simultaneously. They worked on our Jaguar XFR project, as an example (EC 10/13) as well as the F10 BMW 5 Series and F12/13 6 Series, the latestWhile the Lamborghini was digitally scanned and the styling developed in CAD software, running wind tunnel programs to examine aerodynamic stability and efficiency, the McLaren approach was old school. The British sports car would have its new components modeled in clay after 3D renderings had established the look they wanted.
Clay modeling is labor intensive, requiring highly skilled designers. Even though it can be a longer process, it’s possible to visualize the progress and adapt it rapidly. Vorsteiner’s facility has a modeling studio with several vehicle lifts, special lighting, temperature control and big stocks in the expensive clay. And while it required a significant investment, they have allowed the corporation to further hone its craft to the point where it’s turning out stunners such as these.
The Vorsteiner conversion for your McLaren looks relatively straightforward but don’t be deceived. It actually includes replacement carbon fiber front and back bumpers, fitted to the original mounting points. This allowed significant changes to be made without either part giving the impression of an add-on.
It was first seen on our Facebook and website pages once we attended the car’s unveiling. The parts were made from dry carbon fiber pre-autoclaved and preg to ensure structural integrity and a high quality finish. The front bumper has revised ducting and new vents on the side, as well as a separate spoiler to improveWith the rear, the new bumper again has extra vents to evacuate heat from the engine and exhaust. It also has two pronounced tunnels from the rear diffuser to further aid airflow.
The last carbon fiber additions were the four-piece side skirt blades. These sit at the bottom in thecomponent of the Vorsteiner conversion was its wheels. In this case it used the one-piece forged VS-110 in 20×9 front and 21×13 rear, which will accept the OE 255/30 and 355/25 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.
The organization added a stainless steel sports exhaust system from AWE Tuning in an effort to unleash a little extra power and more of the V8 engine’s aural potential, like a final flourish.1 year in design and production resulted in one of the stars of this year’s SEMA Show. Displayed within the Pirelli booth, the Vorsteiner Aventador-V LP740-4 was a bold statement but it really was uttered in the same hushed tones as the McLaren so as to not attract unwanted attention.
And like the MP4, the Lambo was enhanced rather than transformed, created by a team that clearly dealt withWhere the two cars differ is that the Aventador parts are intended entirely in 3D after its bodywork had been scanned. Before having them milled on a five-axis CNC rapid prototyping machine, the designers would produce and test parts within the computer. These parts could then be physically fitted and refined in the software as necessary until the final components were ready. These were then molded and the final carbon fiber pieces were produced in-house.
The resulting body kit is comprehensive, and includes details such as the active carbon rear wing that works well with the Lamborghini’s onboard electronics and won’t trigger a stern warning light when fitted. It might be raised or lowered as stock and Vorsteiner assured us they tested it to 180mph to verify its functionality.
The two-piece wing isn’t simply fitted to the factory item but replaces it. The legs retract fully into the decklid so its operation is exactlyyou will find left and right splitters that channel air under the stock bumper. They have floating winglets about the outer edges that rise towards the bumper to create a sporty profile.
An optional lower lip spoiler can connect the splitters, giving them additional support. It protrudes 5mm further forward and will be able to take the impact of any light scuffs. However, the designers were cognizant to maintain as much ground clearance as possible to protect yourself from problems to begin with.
The shape of the splitter winglets is repeated on the side skirt blades, both front and rear. They rise towards wheels but the blades remain unobtrusive during the car to prevent unnecessary clutter.
The final part of the body kit is the carbon rear diffuser that replaces the factory item and fits for the original bumper. It’s reinforced with kevlar to cope with high temperatures from your exhaust and adds another flourish towards the rear with thisYou don’t have to stop there because Vorsteiner also has an Exterior Carbon Package to replace the OE black trim in the car, however. The pieces include a carbon fiber Center Splitter for that front bumper, replacing the black piece on the stock car. There are four carbon grille frames for the front and rear, as well as the side vent trim and hood trims with the windshield. Though they don’t serve any aerodynamic function, these pieces bring more carbon to the party, enriching the ability.
And it doesn’t have to stop there. If you choose, have the graphic stripes seen on this car, which are available today from Vorsteiner, you can. Applied over the decklid, hood and roof, it’s another option for that Aventador owner.
The conversion wouldn’t be complete without Vorsteiner’s wheels. In this case the car sits on 20×9 front and 21×13 rear VSE-005 forged, directional wheels. These people were fitted with 225/30 and 335With the new software resulting in an extra 40hp and 35 lb-ft torque, hence 740hp.., the reason this car was named the LP740-4 was because it also boasts a Hex Flash.
So while we don’t have driving impressions of either car, we wished to bring you the background on these American-built conversions that have successfully tackled two of the world’s finest automobiles, creating spectacular machines we can easily drool over and aspire to. However, Peter assures us this isn’t the only direction he’s taking Vorsteiner, and promised styling to the B8 Audi S4 since the next project for his SoCal company.As the polished and premium photos from our latest Vorsteiner MP4 and Aventador-12C April 2014 cover shoot are seen above as a result of Alex Bernstein, we’ve also added the behind-the-scenes (BTS) shots sniped while assisting at the closed course. Below you will find those pictures.
For all those wondering, this shoot happened at the San Bernadino County Sheriff’s EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operations Center) training course in Los Angeles. The beautiful cover photo occurred on the wet course part of the facility as the roadway frames happened around the adjacent road course. The facility is rentable as well as the staff was supremely accommodating.