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2016 Nissan GT-R The AimGain Way

Jay Garcia juggles daddy duties and building the first AimGain R35 in the U.S.

Oct 10, 2017

Just when you thought you were sick of every single widebody car there is, AimGain reels you right back in with this ridiculously beautiful aero you see before you. For many it may seem odd to hack the fenders of a car that has been through extensive R&D, but for San Diego native Jay Garcia it was the only way be different from the rest. He and his daughter are proud to say they are the first to complete an AimGain GT-R in the US.

2016 nissan GT R AimGain front bumper Photo 2/22   |   2016 Nissan GT R Aimgain Front Bumper

Jay has always had a thing for cars—yes, even before The Fast and the Furious. It was in the early '90s, which Jay says was a time when people really expressed themselves with a flow of things instead of just throwing every part made for your car. His last car was a BMW M5, but in '16 he went back to his roots for something more JDM. Jay says, "The GT-R has always been a dream car for my daughter and myself. When I was in the market of buying a car, my daughter was young and we traveled many times to Las Vegas because we have family there. I went with the M5 for comfort and something more practical to drive. Last year, though, my daughter convinced me that I needed to get something for myself since I always put her and everyone else first."

For Jay's 39th birthday he traded his M5 for the GT-R and after two months he found himself getting together with his old high school buddies Freddie and Elroy of AutoFashion USA to make plans for a transformation. "My daughter and I decided to move forward with AimGain because we loved the widebody look. One of the most important reasons why we chose AimGain was because it was a completely different widebody kit that no one has ever really done compared to Liberty Walk or Rocket Bunny. It fit our style and at the same time, it was unique," he points out. However, the AimGain transformation didn't happen until after his daughter's debut, you know, daddy duties.

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It so happened his daughter's debutant went down around the holidays. But not too long after, the ball got rolling with his GT-R build and Jay made sure everything was coordinated. AutoFashion USA was in charge of installing the beautiful AimGain aero and while the bodywork and suspension was being worked on, the interior was sent out for reupholstering. The front fender is 50mm wide while the rear extends 80mm that houses the GTR G2M wheels also made by AimGain. The duckbill spoiler is a nice subtle look, but at the same time you're hit with an aggressive rear diffuser. You'll see the same luxury GT styling inside the cabin. Instead of the amber red leather you'd normally find in a '16 GT-R, Jay went with deep red genuine leather upholstered with silver double stitched diamond pattern. Even the door panels get a splash of luxury with black leather and double stitched diamond pattern also using genuine leather. Then you're reminded you're in Nissan's performance flagship car when you see the dry carbon GT steering wheel, the Autotecknic dry carbon shift paddles and the 6-point roll cage. What's even more impressive is that the transformation only took a month.

By now you might be wondering what is under the hood of this gorgeous GT-R. While we can all agree the factory VR is more than capable of smashing on Evos or STIs, there is always room for more ponies. Jay is fully aware of this and as of right now only has a few bolt-ons including a GT Hause Meisterchaft mid-pipe and exhaust. But before you get your panties in a bunch, more power mods have already been ordered and are on their way. Jay mentioned something along the lines of Alpha performance, which will likely result in smiles cheek to cheek for him and, more importantly, his daughter.

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2016 nissan GT R steering wheel Photo 18/22   |   2016 Nissan GT R Steering Wheel
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2016 Nissan GT-R The AimGain Way
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Owner: Jay Garcia
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Occupation: Nurse
Engine: GT Hause Meisterchaft non-resonated 4" mid-pipes, exhaust
Footwork & Chassis: AirLift 3P Air Suspension
Brakes: Brembo calipers custom painted silver
Wheels & Tires: AimGain wheels 20x11.5 -3 front 20x.12.5 -66 rear; 20/285R20 front rear 20/305R20 Toyo Tires R888
Exterior: AimGain widebody kit, front bumper with lip, rear diffuser, side skirts GT style, duckbill spoiler; custom Tire Decal Stickers done by Tire Stickers, custom headlights painted gloss black with upgraded LED lightning bolt; Satin Purple wrap by Viral Vinyl Werks; Gloss Black paint by Primer Autobody
Interior: Deep red full front and rear seat upholstered with silver double stitched diamond pattern with genuine leather, black leather reupholstered door panels with double stitch diamond pattern using genuine leather; dry carbon steering wheel; Autotecknic dry carbon shift paddles; 6-point roll cage



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