It seemed like yesterday when Jonathan, Matt and I sat in our office trying to figure out what to do with our Chevy Sonic. In case you haven't picked up the past couple issues, last spring we were given the challenge of building a Sonic for the SEMA show. Don't get us wrong, we love to build cars, but the Sonic isn't exactly what you'd call the "ultimate tuner car." There's little-to-no aftermarket support, but that doesn't mean we couldn't see any potential. However, turning it into a showstopper that would grab the attention of thousands of SEMA attendees wasn't going to be as easy as bolting on a widebody and throwing a turbo kit in. We also didn't want to follow the same paths our brothers at Modified and Import Tuner were taking. They are also building Sonics and already selected the two obvious themes—track and VIP. This forced us to think outside the box and come up with something innovative.
The first thing we asked ourselves is, "what do we do all day?" If you're like me, I check my phone every twenty seconds to stalk people on Facebook, double tap photos on Instagram and waste time watching YouTube. I also can't stand silence so I have music playing whether I'm at work, in the car, at home and obviously up in da club. With that said, we each looked at each other and said, "why not put all these things we use every day in our Chevy Sonic?" Brilliant!
A game plan for awesomeness was formulated with the help of Mike Vu of MVDesignz. Mike has been in charge of several crazy show cars including our superhero-themed Kias built last here. He was the perfect guy to bounce ideas back and forth with and inevitably would be our go-to for the entire build that would focus on technology, connectivity and music.
If we're going to focus on music and technology, we're going to need some bumpin' audio. And why not throw in a DJ setup, too?! Pioneer hooked us up with their entire catalog which includes two 12" subs in a custom trunk enclosure, followed by five 600-watt amplifiers. Front and center is the DJ equipment-two CDJ900s and a DJM-900 Nexus mixer. All the speakers in the car will also be upgraded to Pioneer and the two rear headrests are currently being modified to house a pair of 6.5" two-way speakers, as Jonathan models for us. The goal with the audio and DJ setup isn't just to throw some kick-ass parties but to be able to stream online.
What the hell is that funny lookin' wood thing Mike Vu's building? Well it's a custom rear console that's going to house two LG projectors. We'll be able to surf the web and run apps via these projectors that will project onto the rear windows. A special film will be applied to make it easy to view. Mike's also added a third projector in the rear hatch. The new rear console will also feature a telescoping camera that'll rise straight out of the roof and get a 360-degree overview outside the Sonic. No, we're not joking! The idea with the car is to have video cameras all-around that will let us stream to the web via MiFi modules and a wireless router. So basically, it'll be a rolling voyeur cam. We'll have cameras that show the driver and passenger, the DJ setup and, of course, the telescoping exterior cam. A pair of iPads will be mounted in the rear cockpit to make surfing the web and posting online easier as well.
Since this car is a full technology build, we didn't focus as much on performance. But we couldn't let it go stock! GM sent us their Performance exhaust for a few extra ponies and a sound that makes the car a bit buffer. We can attest that the system is top-notch quality.