LIB­ERTY WALK GAL­LARDO

ALLEN WASKO'S TWIN-TURBO

Pasmag (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - Story by Adam Gor­don I Photography by Alec Paris Photography

IT'S A BEAU­TI­FUL THING WHEN THE WORLD OF HIGH SO­CI­ETY EX­OTICS AND TUNER CUL­TURE MEET, AND WHEN IT COMES TO ALLEN WASKO'S TWIN-TURBO LIB­ERTY WALK GAL­LARDO, THE TWO WORLDS COME TO­GETHER IN PER­FECT, AWE-IN­SPIR­ING HAR­MONY.

Like many peo­ple who own dream su­per­cars, Wasko's love for Lam­borgh­i­nis started long be­fore tak­ing own­er­ship, but he's no stranger to high per­for­mance V10 en­gines. Pre­vi­ous to the Gal­lardo you see here, Wasko owned a Dodge Viper, a bona fide widow-maker in its own right, and that is just one of a few pre­vi­ous mus­cle icons in his garage. In ad­di­tion to the Viper, he had some mi­nor mod­i­fi­ca­tion ex­pe­ri­ence with a Z06 Corvette and a Foose Mus­tang. In 2015, it was time to put his mus­cle days be­hind him and fi­nally re­al­ize his ex­otic dream. He pulled the trig­ger and pur­chased the Gal­lardo with a smile on his face.

For a large amount of ex­otic own­ers, that is where the story would end. They would sign the dot­ted line, climb into their dream car, and drive off into the sun­set, vis­it­ing the deal­er­ship pe­ri­od­i­cally for sched­uled main­te­nance. Thank­fully for us, Wasko is not your typ­i­cal ex­otic owner. Af­ter see­ing

the guys at Op­ti­mus Per­for­mance in Fort My­ers build their first Lib­erty Walk Lam­borgh­ini, his whole world was flipped up­side down. He knew that the mi­nor mod­i­fi­ca­tion ex­pe­ri­ence he had with pre­vi­ous cars hadn't pre­pared him for what was com­ing next, but there was no stop­ping it now. He had to go all out with this car.

It wasn't long af­ter catch­ing wide­body fever that the com­pletely stock, bright yel­low Lam­borgh­ini Gal­lardo was com­pletely stripped down at Op­ti­mus Per­for­mance. In-house paint le­gend Will Ale­cia, com­monly known as “Wet Wil­lie” went to work, paint­ing the car a stun­ning Ul­tra­sonic Blue Mica with a sub­tle pink pearl be­neath the sur­face. The paint is some­what sim­i­lar in tone to a fac­tory op­tion blue, but much deeper and mul­tidi­men­sional thanks to the pearles­cent ef­fect, which re­ally pops in the right light. Wet Wil­lie clearly knows what he's do­ing in the booth.

In prepa­ra­tion for the Lib­erty Walk kit, Wasko and the crew at Op­ti­mus Per­for­mance de­cided

WASKO KNeW THAT THE Mi­NOR MOD­i­fi­CA­TiON eX­Pe­Ri­eNCE HE HAD WiTH PRe­Vi­OUS CARS HADN'T PRE­PAReD HiM FOR WHAT WAS COM­iNG NeXt, BUT THeRE WAS NO sTOP­PiNG iT NOW. HE HAD TO GO AlL OUT WiTH THiS CAR.

that an air ride sys­tem would be ideal for both fit­ment and over­all cool fac­tor. To do this prop­erly, they went with the best in the busi­ness. A cus­tom bag-over-strut setup from Uni­ver­sal Air makes up the ac­tual air bag sec­tion, and a full Ac­cuair sys­tem with E-level takes care of air man­age­ment and func­tion­al­ity. The front hood stor­age com­part­ment in the Gal­lardo isn't typ­i­cally large enough for mass prac­ti­cal stor­age, but it does hap­pen to be the per­fect size to con­ceal a beau­ti­ful air tank setup with hard lines.

From there, it was fi­nally time to bring Wasko's Lam­borgh­ini to the same level as the one that made him fall in love. In­stalling a wide body kit as in­tri­cate as the Lib­erty Walk Gal­lardo kit can be daunt­ing, as it re­quires a bit of fi­nesse to get things fit­ting just right. Thank­fully, the guys at Op­ti­mus Per­for­mance have ex­pe­ri­ence in this depart­ment, hav­ing built the first com­plete Lib­erty Walk Gal­lardo in the United States – the very same one that won Wasko over. In­stal­la­tion went as smoothly as the lines on the kit's ex­tra-wide fen­der flares, and the kit's fit­ment could not be bet­ter.

Once the air sus­pen­sion was func­tional, the kit in­stalled seam­lessly, and the stun­ning paint given its fi­nal clear coat, the build be­gan to take shape. To com­plete the look with­out go­ing over­board, Wasko wanted to find the per­fect set of wheels to com­pli­ment the lines of the Lib­erty Walk kit and the color of Wet Wil­lie's deep blue paint job. En­ter Rotiform and their de­sire to meet the cus­tom needs of ev­ery cus­tomer. Some of you may be fa­mil­iar with Rotiform's three-piece forged VDA wheel. That very wheel de­sign was prototyped on Wasko's car, and it turned out to be the per­fect coup de grâce to fin­ish off the Gal­lardo's de­sign. The star-shaped de­sign makes this car look ready for the big screen – and that's just where it ended up. We'll come back to that in a minute.

With air sus­pen­sion, a wide­body kit, cus­tom pearles­cent paint, and be­spoke wheels from one of the big­gest names in the in­dus­try, all on an ex­otic Euro­pean car, one might make the mis­take of as­sum­ing this Gal­lardo is some sort of show-dates-only trailer queen, but that couldn't be fur­ther from the truth. Around the back, the once near-opaque rear grille has been re­placed with a trans­par­ent peeka-boo win­dow, show­ing off two CT43X triple-ball-bear­ing tur­bocharg­ers from Com­pe­ti­tion Turbo, wrapped in DEI turbo blan­kets, pre­sum­ably to pre­vent the melt­ing of the afore­men­tioned win­dow.

The Com­pe­ti­tion Turbo sys­tem was built and tuned in-house at Op­ti­mus Per­for­mance by the mas­ter­mind Michael Ran­dles. Vi­brant Per­for­mance took care of the sys­tem's pip­ing needs for max­i­mum un­in­ter­rupted air flow to and from

SOME OF YOU MAY BE FA­MIL­IAR WITH ROTIFORM'S THREE-PIECE FORGED VDA WHEEL. THAT VERY WHEEL DE­SIGN WAS PROTOTYPED ON WASKO'S CAR, AND IT TURNED OUT TO BE THE PER­FECT COUP DE GRÂCE TO FIN­ISH OFF THE GAL­LARDO'S DE­SIGN.

the tur­bocharg­ers, and a Hal­tech ECU pig­gy­backs off of an SAFC to keep things run­ning smoothly through­out, as well as to mon­i­tor per­for­mance, tem­per­a­tures, and boost lev­els. The nice thing about the high-out­put V10 in the Gal­lardo is that you can opt for re­li­a­bil­ity by run­ning low boost, and still make big power. The Com­pe­ti­tion Turbo setup op­er­ates at 6 PSI, but that's enough to push power from the Gal­lardo's fac­tory 500 to an am­ple 700-plus horse­power – per­fect for those wide-open, sun-soaked Flor­ida high­ways.

I men­tioned be­fore that the car was headed for the big screen. Some of our read­ers who were watch­ing closely dur­ing The Fate of the Fu­ri­ous may al­ready rec­og­nize Wasko's ride as one of the only cars seen driv­ing in the iconic movie scene in which the Fast & Fu­ri­ous he­roes en­ter a gov­ern­ment im­pound garage full of mod­i­fied cars. When the op­por­tu­nity pre­sented it­self, Wasko didn't hes­i­tate. The only thing left to com­plete this tuner's dream was to be fea­tured in the film se­ries that started it all for so many oth­ers like him. The car was a huge hit on the set in At­lanta, even with the film's di­rec­tor.

The jour­ney from a bone stock, bright yel­low Gal­lardo with 12,000 miles on the odome­ter, to a show­stop­ping, twin-tur­bocharged, prim and proper wide­body ex­otic sounds like it could take years, but the ex­pe­ri­enced team at Op­ti­mus Per­for­mance helped Wasko stream­line the process in or­der to get his car into SEMA 2016. In just three months, long be­fore the Fast & Fu­ri­ous movie hit the big screen, the car be­came one of SEMA's most talked about rides, po­si­tioned just out­side the Las Ve­gas Con­ven­tion Cen­ter's main lobby en­trance. Allen Wasko is truly liv­ing the dream.

SOME OF OUR READ­ERS WHO WERE WATCH­ING CLOSELY DUR­ING THE FATE OF THE FU­RI­OUS MAY AL­READY REC­OG­NIZE WASKO'S RIDE AS ONE OF THE ONLY CARS SEEN DRIV­ING IN THE ICONIC MOVIE SCENE IN WHICH THE FAST & FU­RI­OUS HE­ROES EN­TER A GOV­ERN­MENT IM­POUND GARAGE FULL OF MOD­I­FIED CARS.

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