In the eyes of a Speedhunter, the SEMA Show is absolute overload. There are likely hundreds of cars spread across the show which could all be deemed spotlight-worthy, but part of the challenge is narrowing it down to the cars absolutely need to be shared. Sean, Larry, and myself have plenty of SEMA spotlight specials to come, but I’d like to begin with a look at once machine that grabbed my attention as I passed by the Toyo Tire booth this morning.
There are always lots of exotics at SEMA, but I usually don’t pay a whole lot of attention to them. Sure they are neat to look at it, but most of the show cars are usually stock besides a set of custom wheels. This Lamborghini Murcielago by LB Performance/Liberty Walk is a bit different.
Kato-san of Liberty Walk has already made quite a name for itself with his customized exotics, and as you’ve seen in Dino’s posts from Japan he also has a strong love for vintage Japanese machines. Known as the “LB-R Works Murcielago”, this car combines both of those things.
The car is fitted with a complete set of LB Performance aero parts, but what sets it off most are the over fenders. As you can see, they look a lot like the works type fenders fitted to vintage Japanese race cars and they also have a bit of RWB in them. If I’m not mistaken, I believe Nakai-san himself assisted with the completion of this build at the Fatlace shop in NorCal. The aggressive fenders cover a set of IForged wheels, 19x”8.5 up front and 20″x13 out back.
There are surely some that won’t like bolt-on style over fenders on a Lamborghini but again that’s part of the fun. Only in the mind of someone like Kato-san could a modern Lambo be mixed with hints of 1970s Nissan.
What do you think?
Looks cool, but they'd never be able to drive it around Japanese streets. Ever seen the episode of Top Gear where they try to maneuver the Aventador through Lecce, Italy? Practically impossible.
i can dig it.
Sure the 8.5s up front with the fake vinyl wrap are kinda stupid, it's what makes cars fun. Maybe next year they'll bring a complete rwb lambo
Normally when i think "customised murcielago" i would imagine the kind of thing the coke-hound son of a russian oligarch would put mat orange vinyl and colour matched rims on and drive around Ibiza... this is not that least. I like it a lot. The kit rocks and one can clearly see Miura san's hand in it.
And then there's the wrap. It's a cool look but maaan, it's FAKE. If they had murcielago-money to spend, surely they could have taken it back to bare metal and clear coated it? OK, no, because many of the body panels and of course the kit are not made of metal. So think of another colour/finish. Fake brushed metal vinyl is as wack as fake carbon fibre vinyl IMO.
Great to see the return of old skool Jap styling, from RWB, to TRA, and now there's this! Bugger those who say money can't buy happiness...=P
Damn that is mean. I love it when talented people mix design genres and influences like this, just needs some fat, staggered bronze five-spoke rims to look perfect, but that's just my taste =D imagine this doing laps of Tsukuba in T/A trim... *drools a little* But yeah, wider fronts please, 11s if they'll fit, we all like our supercars to go where they're pointed =P
I love the car, but as has already been said, only 8.5's up front? Much too narrow considering the 13's out back. Personally, I dig the riveted-on fender flares. Definitely different.
I personally love it, It looks hard, mean and ready to do business. Yes it is an expensive car BUT it cost that much because of the time, craftsmanship and attention to detail that went into making it. Every stitch in the seat to every bolt in the engine was assembled by some italian man with small hands who lovingly crafted this machine. The same goes for the people who made the car into what it is today, it was thoughtfully crafted and many peoples idea came into one to create this awesome machine. If anything it looks more race ready than a factory lamborghini.l What it really needs is some center locking bbs motorsport wheels and it will be ready to tear up the track.
Can you stand back a bit when you photograph it I can't really get an idea of what it looks like as a whole.
I don't get it.. 13" wide wheels in the back and 8.5" wide wheels in the front. while putting aggressive fenders and tons of pointless work. Why would you put such a staggered set up on such a performance based car? Sure does look bone stock to me + some standard looking aftermarket lambo wheels, a shifty paintjob and some horribly sketchy looking fender flares. If you wanted an industrial look this is an epic fail. All I see is a stock lambo with shit wheels and riveted on fender flares for fucks sake. It;s a quarter million dollar car put some real effort into it rather than riveting on some flares, sending it to paint, ricing it out with stickers for parts it should have as standard and calling it a day! You guys really should stick to nissans because this makes me want to cry.
I love Japanese tuners. They don't give a f*ck what anyone thinks, they're going to build something they want to build and push boundaries doing it. Can't wait to see what else is in store at SEMA.
Not mad enough.
It's an expensive car, people say they should make it more "slick" to keep that expensive look. However, I will say NO to that.
There is no point to try out this tuning style if you still want it to look clean, with this style, you want to go maaaaaad. Right now it's still far from my satisfaction, NOT MAD ENOUGH.
I think they can sell this to quite a few people who own a Murcielago if they fill up the little holes in the fender. Make it look more exclusive and expensive. Looks awesome with the brushed alu look!
I'm sorry but these Liberty Walk Lamborghini's are just so gaudy looking...
The only car I like from them is the white F40.
expensive car but looks cheap. thumbs down from me those fender flares look mean on a Hachiroku but sh!! on a Lambo
bad clearance between bootlid and front bumper. I find it a bit too much. though i love the brushed alu look.
@GeorgeKrapivko Where do you see fiberglass? Its all Aluminum and the stock one is Carbon Fiber, Aluminum and steel
@Big Pooky It does seem narrow. I just double checked the spec sheet and that's what it says. There's a chance it could be an error of course.
@Fkitbtn The riveted fender flairs are the style of these Japanese designers and it does look quite mean I think. Could have put a bit wider wheel in the front for all the work they gave themselves on wider front fenders. But if you think they "painted" this car, you are dumb.
yeah I don't get it, 8.5 up front just seems way undersized. there's VW golfs driving around with more rubber than that.
@sean klingelhoefer Haha. Speedhunting minds think alike I suppose?
@maxproof Yeah that does look a bit awkward. I wonder if they just didn't close it all the way? In the first picture it looks like the lid isn't flush with the headlights.
@benisasnail they built the entire car in front of us at the paddock and the vinyl they used was incredibly stiff which is why there's so many seams on it. Hard to tell cause of the brushed aluminum finish of the vinyl. Took an extremely long week to do this car.
@Ae86xye Well, given the literal translation of word and Kato-san's fondness of heavily modified vintage Japanese metal I figured it fit. :)
@jroc HI. Any idea how the vinyl was made, is brushed alu with 2nd layer of clear vinyl to make it shine?
I love that effect...
it looks very good from the pics, I don't see any seams.. but I'm sure some selective photography had a hand in hiding them.
@Fkitbtn good god idiot, relax. its not your car, and it never will be. and if your front lawn is so capable of turning out showstoppers, where are they?