Car Spotlight

  • When Overfenders Dictate Function

    Isn’t it funny how overfenders have become associated with form?

    Back in the day, these additions provided a cost-effective way for race teams to fit fatter wheel and tyre combos under the guards of their competition cars. But these days the practice of cutting fenders and covering it all up with flares is often criticised as just a fad, which it may well be.

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    So it’s always refreshing to see overfenders actually being used to extract more performance out of a car. And I came across quite a few Exiges with pumped fenders at the recent Japan Lotus Day event.

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    When it came time to choose one to spotlight, I ended up going for this particular car – because unpainted carbon fiber is as cool as it gets, right?

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    The flares are held in place around each of the four wheel arches with exposed screws; it’s much like Miura does with his own kits and all the other kits he designs and creates for companies like Liberty Walk.

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    Here, it’s then all tied in with carbon fiber skirts and a nicely extended front lip spoiler. Doing so has allowed the owner to run a nice and aggressive offset on the black RAYS Volk Racing TE37SLs, which in turn are shod with the obligatory tyre of choice for a Japanese-built track car: Yokohama Advan A050s.

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    The Exige had a ton of cool touches, and one I really liked was the front number plate mounted on the tow hook. This is a solution I discovered years back at this very event, and one I’ve been meaning to implement on Project GT-R.

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    Inside the stock seats have given way to Bride buckets.

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    The aero additions are completed with a carbon fiber rear diffuser and an adjustable rear wing.

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    And judging by the upgraded intercooler under the engine cover, all of the exterior refining must be matched to an equal amount of attention where it really matters. This is Japan after all!