Carbon fiber and supercars go together like chocolate and peanut butter.
But most of the time—at least on exterior pieces—paint hides the beauty of the weave. These creations from Maryland-based firm Vitesse-AuDessus, on the other hand, show how tremendously the material's infinitesimal detail can transform already breathtaking exotics.
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Hand-laying the carbon fiber to rebody the car costs between $100,000 to $200,000. The process involves 100 percent carbon fiber, which is pre-impregnated with activated resin. After laying the fabric by hand, the new panels are autoclave-cured, then meticulously finished, again by hand.
None of the original sheet metal is harmed in the process (owners keep their existing panels), so the car can be completely returned to stock should the owner desire. From what we can tell, the work looks every bit as impressive as it appears on the famously seamless Pagani supercars—and the modification also helps save weight.
Predictably, the list of vehicles the company is focusing on for the treatment is exclusive, and includes the Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918 Spyder and McLaren P1. Of course, your more standard supercars like the 458 Italia and Lamborghini Aventador are also covered.
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“Our clients have already selected the very best in their lives,” Vitesse-AuDessus CEO Stefany Sanchez explains. “Everything they own is a reflection of their unique taste, from their home, yacht or jet all the way down to their cufflinks, so why should they accept a supercar or exotic vehicle that is no different than the one in their neighbor's garage?”