Vick Bhatti’s GT-R
BASE: 3M IJ180CV3 - SILVER METALLIC LAMINATE: 3M LUSTRE SEMI-GLOSS
A stalwart of the show car scene, Vick is known for his out-the-gate builds and constant drive to be innovative. So, when it came to creating version three of his NZ Performance Car issue 247 R35 GT-R cover car, he wasn’t going to settle for any old slap-together. Again, Tommie worked with Scott from Skepple to put together a jet fighter–themed design that incorporates oodles of finer details throughout the panels.
“Because of the body work, including a Liberty Walk kit, a lot of time was spent getting this one perfect,” says Tommie. “We sent through really clear photos of the whole car and measured almost every inch to make sure that it was all accurate. Things like the distance from the sills to the door handles and then to the nearest body gap so that the finer details like the ‘push to open’ text didn’t end up 100mm forward of where it needed to be.”
Vick’s final design was riddled with these details that meant, unlike the previous three wraps, the most time was spent ensuring that the details were where they were supposed to be, both in the file set-up and the application. Daily messages were exchanged between Tommie and Scott, making minor changes, and Tommie tells us that 99.99 per cent of it came out perfect.
The flares were pulled off and wrapped independently of the car. The base layer of the car was also wrapped to create the shadowing seen over the flares where the join meets on the body. “That’s the big advantage of digital printing when doing the smaller, complex stuff. There’s more file setup, but in most cases the ease of application and repair is so much quicker,” explains Tommie.
“It’s also important to consider the surface that you are sticking to; a gloss surface is the best finish for a vinyl to stick to as it has a high surface energy, unlike a matt surface.”
The GT-R took around 40–50 hours to complete with countless more spent tweaking the design and preparing the graphics.