A nostalgic moment…more Xanthic Design stuff…

I showed you the Civic from Xanthic so I guess I might as well show you the car that kinda got them noticed, at least stateside anyway. This silver carbon bodied Prelude is the sick. Then and now. Everything about it just screams ingenuity. Alot of japanese “Spocom” style, with loads of creativity that can’t be defined by a genre…I mean, when it comes from Xanthic and Weld Techniques Factory, would you really expect anything else?…

I actually read somewhere that when this car debuted at Tokyo Auto Salon or a similar show in ’05, many of the japanese spectators were asking what kind of car it was because this body Prelude is rarely modified at such an extreme level. Let’s start with the exterior. The entire exterior of this Prelude was redone completely in Xanthic’s signature silver carbon fiber. I think this might have been the first car that features the reverse tilt hood that was done in collaboration with Weld…

Front fenders were 10mm wider to house the 19×8 Iforged Swift wheels, brake upgrades included a NSX caliper swap with Weld brake rotors and pads. Imagine how rare that would be for someone stateside to rock some Weld brake parts. 90% of the people probably don’t even know that those parts existed…

You don’t really see Iforged wheels that often in Japan which fits the style of this build which of course is geared more towards US-themed builds. The trend follows into the interior with all the Sparco gear…

Full custom dash set-up with silver carbon like the exterior. That gigantic contraption sitting in place of the rear view mirror was a Sard RD-1 gauge unit…

Gotta love the grey mini-truck felt that lined the roof..haha. And of course the TJ-style fire extinguisher. I think if this thing were to catch fire you should probably just run because the whole thing would just melt. But who knows maybe Xanthic created some Jesus carbon fiber that doesn’t born…

The outside casing of the monitor looks a bit weird but I think that’s the effect that they were aiming for…

The rear followed the same theme along with the rear seats removed in place of a nitrous bottle and more sound equipment…

The bay is probably the most impressive of the entire build. Weld custom 4 barrel individual throttle bodies, Jun headwork, Weld full titanium exhaust system hooked to a Tanabe header, and NOS direct-port nitrous set-up. Tuned by Weld, the H22 was able to make 325hp on nitrous…Other trick parts included Weld power steering and coolant resevoir tanks…

For full weight reduction, driver and passenger were required to drive without clothing on as pictured here…It didn’t matter if it was a gloomy day or not…haha.

Here’s a shot of the center exit exhaust that I left out…

Overall it was a pretty extreme build but it had enough subtlety about it where you wouldn’t really notice until you really looked within. It’s a great example of Spocom Japanese-themed tuning at it’s finest. Even though alot of the USDM Jam/Spocom style tuning is mostly based on rebadging and USDM parts, Xanthic and Weld took it to another level. The Ej1 had the euro lights and the lambo doors but the Prelude doesn’t, which makes it still a pretty relevant build if it appeared stateside here and competed. Though with all the work, it would have probably been just a display vehicle more so than a build competing with street cars here. I could see it participating in a HIN or in the upper echelon EXE class of Showoff though…

On another note, I was driving home from San Diego today when some guy in an Integra was following me with one highbeam on, probably cuz he can’t afford to replace his super blue headlight bulb. I drive a 4-Runner so I kinda just changed lanes and then I happen to be side by side with a white CD Accord. I guess this thing thought that it was apart of Tokyo Street Racer or some shit and decided to go ape shits and tried to race the Integra. Mind you, both cars were less than spectacular and besides the traffic, the white Accord was also rolling on a fuckin spare donut wheel. Those things aren’t even meant to be driven over 55mph and this guy was doing ricer fly-bys and trying to provoke the Integra. The Integra wanted no part of it I guess so everytime the Integra would drive off the Accord would cut his ass off and then rev or some shit. I just wanna give that dude a shout-out if he reads this. Fuck you douchebag. Thanks for reading though….You know they make that smaller tire for temporary use and not for racing you fuck.

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