Wider Is Better, The Crazy Jdm Widebody Lambo

Art is one of the most diverse words in all of the English language, and it’s certainly one of my favorites. If you ask a dozen people what they consider art, you’ll likely get a dozen different answers. That’s the beautiful thing about art, it’s completely subjective. Many have said that cars cannot be art, but when I stand confronted by the face of the Liberty Walk LB-R “Limited Works 20″ Murcielago, I beg to differ.

I’ll go ahead and presume many of you have already seen this car, if not from Mike Garrett’s spotlight on this very site, likely in some form of social media. It was easily one of the hottest and most talked about cars at SEMA and I lost count of how many times someone came up to me asking if I had seen “the crazy wide body brushed aluminum Lambo!?”

I knew the instant that I first laid eyes on it that I was looking at a work of art. The commentary I received from others after the fact merely cemented my initial opinion. It seemed that everyone spoke very passionately about the car, whether it was in awe or disgust. Thoughts ranged from “OMG it’s the sickest car here!” to “I don’t see what the big deal is, it’s just a Lambo with a kit.” As an artist, these types of reactions signify a job well done.

Whether you loved it or hated it, this was one car nobody at SEMA missed; yet the halls were filled with hundreds upon hundreds of high quality builds that somehow slipped back into mediocrity. Founded were the complaints about the car having very little done in terms of performance adders, yet this simple build managed to become the show’s protagonist, despite the naysayers.

In fact, I think this car might be the least-modified vehicle I’ve ever shot for a car feature, for this or any other special-interest publication. But the magic of this car isn’t how many bells and whistles and computers it’s had fitted or swapped out, but how it makes you feel when you look at it. The vision behind the concept is what makes it special.

An untrained onlooker could quite easily be fooled into thinking this is a custom interior, but those familiar with Lamborghini will quickly spot that the cockpit remains in a state that is very nearly stock. Of course the cabin was an afterthought for this particular build, after all you wouldn’t expect Picasso to put much thought into the backside of his canvas would you?

Clearly Kato-San, owner of Liberty Walk / LB Performance (and this particular Murcielago), couldn’t leave the interior completely standard. A set of custom painted three-dimensional door sill plates have been added, which perfectly match the sparkly camouflage wrapped steering wheel.

Just as the interior, the engine remains largely similar to how it was when it rolled off the assembly line in Bologna. To my astonishment, this car has actually logged a staggering amount of miles and the fact that it keeps on running is a tribute, to both Audi’s involvement with Lamborghini, and the famous multiple-sword-gash-surviving bull for which the car is named.

Amusingly enough, in another stroke of form-over-function, the single engine modification is purely cosmetic – a set of custom exhaust tips. You do however have to admit they look rather nice peeking through that completely mental LB Performance rear bumper!

Even the suspension has been left stock, but given the freakishly low ride height that super cars like the Murcielago are equipped with from scratch, I can’t say I blame him. Needless to say, the wheels have been replaced with an insane set of iForged Equip V3s in sizes that are sure to blow your mind: 19×8.5 -2 out front and stonkingly massive 20×13 -50 in the back! Buried deep within the barrels lay the only other performance modification on the car, a big brake kit from CSD.

But again, if you’re simply looking at this car in hopes of witnessing a crazy list of bolt-ons you’ve missed the point. As the premier Lamborghini body kit brand in Japan, LB Performance has become synonymous with radically sinister Murcielagos. So how do you make a splash at the world’s largest aftermarket trade show with a car that’s beginning to show its age? You take a page from Madonna and reinvent it.

Needless to say, trying to outdo Lamborghini is an extremely tall order. Known the world over for their forward-thinking-avant-garde design, Lambo’s are some of the most extreme cars on earth, but they also date themselves quite badly. With each new generation, the most recent predecessor must suffer an awkward phase where it is neither new enough to be cutting edge nor old enough to be a classic. When compared to the Aventador, a standard Murcielago is chopped liver.

Yet somehow, almost impossibly, this new LB-R Limited Works kit manifests a totally new look for the car. Ironically, the majority of the kit, including the bumpers and rocker panels, are items that Liberty Walk has been selling for years. But once these pieces are combined with a new set of over fenders the entire look and feel of the car is transformed into something even wider and more aggressive, yet simultaneously sleeker and contemporary.

This refresh comes courtesy of the man I’d call the most influential designer in the aftermarket in 2012; of course I’m talking about Miura-san of TRA Kyoto. I know that Speedhunters readers aren’t dummies so I would imagine that most of you had already pegged his involvement from the first glimpse of one of his unmistakably shaped fender flares. Maybe I’m just sipping the Rocket Bunny Kool-aid, but it seems like right now this man can do no wrong.

When you take all of that – the raw potential of Lamborghini with the flavor of LB – and cover it in an incredibly shiny faux-brushed-aluminum wrap this is what you end up with; a car that takes your notion of an outdated V12 monster and tears it to shreds. What you have is the wildest looking Murcielago on the planet; the one car from SEMA that everyone keeps talking about.  What you have, is art.

LB Performance “LB-R Limited Works 20″ 2004 Lamborghini Murcielago

ENGINE

LB Performance exhaust tips

BRAKES

CSD calipers and floating rotors (f/r)

WHEELS / TIRES

19×8.5 -2 (f) / 20×13 – 50 (r) iForged Equip V3 wheels; 235/35R19 (f) / 345/25R20 Toyo Proxes T1R tires

CABIN

LB Performance steering wheel wrap, door sill plate

BODY

LB Performance body kit including LB-R limited works 20 front bumper, version 2 front lip, side skirts, rear bumper, rear diffuser, version 3 rear wing, LB-R limited works 20 over fenders (f/r); Brushed aluminum vinyl wrap by Boom Craft Japan / SPF

THANKS

CSD, Boom Craft / SPF, Fatlace

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106 comments
Pwain
Pwain

I don't think this looks as JDM as the 485, but it still looks great. Although I love this, the LB M3 and 458, I guess I do understand the polarization of the internet on these cars.

flex79
flex79

i understand how some people think the LB kit makes the car look ricey and to extreme...  maybe so, but i still think this body kit serves its purpose to make the murciealago a badass head turner with character and puts it on the radatr among car tuners.. i had pretty much dismissed the murcialago until this came out

lamesingram
lamesingram

I dont get how car enthusiasts really look at this and feel so much hate and anger. Its a cool looking car, like a big hotwheels car. its just to make a visual impact, f*cking relax.

status cars
status cars

I think this is pretty dope. Imagine it coming down the toad! Sure fire head turner. But I see why some hate it. Not for everyone I guess

Bearsdkills
Bearsdkills

This is a fucking disgrace to Lamborghini.

otar
otar

I'd be afraid to even walk in my garage with that monster sitting there! It just looks so mean!

 

I do think that if he would have done real brushed aluminum, this car would just be mind blowing.

HardcoreMW
HardcoreMW

A sticker job, and he's brilliant. Come on. If it was REAL brushed aluminum now that would impress me.

LouisYio
LouisYio

"Art is one of the most diverse words in all of the English language"

*puts on nerd glasses.

The F word is probably the most diverse.

That Murcief*ckinglago is so f*cking beautiful.

Bam! I just used that word as part of another word and as an adverb, supporting an adjective.

 

But yeah, beautiful f*cking pictures, sir.

Einstein
Einstein

Lamborghini pulled the model details off their website because they retired the model, but I'm reading several places that the base model Murcielago has a carbon fiber body, and only the doors and hood are steel.  Then the upper range model has carbon fiber doors and hood.

So genius Kato took a carbon fiber car, and applied a big, plastic sticker over the top of it, to make a Lamborghini look like a Delorean.

Sneaky Squirrel
Sneaky Squirrel

The modifications have been carried out very well, but I don't like it. I just don't "get" modifying supercars unless it's for racing purposes and done by Michelotto-, JRM- or Manthey-type organisations.

rkalski
rkalski

Sean, great photos! i want to ask something, what flashes and how much of them do you use in this particular shoot? thanks!

ninjapirate2
ninjapirate2

What an awful gaudy display of excess.

 

Nice photography though...

Nikhil_P
Nikhil_P

this car is so sick!! looks nuts....and that engine bay, even though it is stock is truly incredible!

and are the CSD logo etched onto the callipers?! and i didnt realise so much of the car was stock! a testament to what a wrap, wheels and a body kit can do to a car!

K's
K's

Would look better without the wrap imo

dgh
dgh

Thats a pretty cool tractor

 

I also dont get the comments on performance and suspension modifications this car is fast from the factory, thats why you buy them.

fredyka
fredyka

Some like it scrambled, others like the sunny side up. This one's an easter egg.

bradjh
bradjh

When I first saw this at sema I didn't like it. Now I love it and I want to see more people customizing supercars.

ioncelfals
ioncelfals

the photo with the doors up blows my mind. i mean, look at that rear, man!

i don`t even care about technical details, it`s a lamborghini, it goes fast by definition.. this thing looks f*ckin` awesome

Madfaber
Madfaber

Mean looking car, I like it

tenpennyjimmy
tenpennyjimmy

Probably the function-based comments here are bang on the money, but i'm gonna only comment on the looks cos that's what this one's all about, no? And the photography. The photography is gorgeous... and thanks finally for some shots of the whole car. The car-plus-kit is gorgeous too. And i normally kind of hate Lambos. They made some cool tractors tho ;) But that wrap can f£@k off! And for the record, i'm pretty sure it's fake brushed steel, not faux brushed aluminium. Isn't aluminium a much paler, flatter colour?

Curlytop
Curlytop

I think the majority are right. I know if it was on the street I would stare with amaze until It sped off, but when you actually properly look at it, it's crap. If this was a car for example a BMW or Honda or anything normal it would stamp out a big wow. But because its a Lamborghini you want to expect soooooo much more and this kit and wrap doesn't do the stock car justice. I hate to disagree with speedhunters. :(

Komeko
Komeko

"Faux" and "Lamborghini" in the same sentence should have been the first clue that things went terribly wrong.

Screw-on blister fenders are not a wide-body, they are screw-on blister fenders.  Don't elevate something that belongs on a pickup truck by misnaming it.

How much was the track changed?  And no change in the spring rate?  Where is the nerd with the slide rule who is supposed to correct for the change in the length of the lever arm?

So now it's a proven fact, even a million dollar car can be ruined by ricing it out.

JSequoia
JSequoia

sean, any way to get a wall sized poster of the shot with the doors up?? so glad we got a follow up feature on this!! Thank you!

Corey K
Corey K

I dunno man, aren't Murcielagos wide enough? I would hate to try and maneuver this car through any tight streets.

TravisRock
TravisRock

Wow Sean, you killed it with this set. Great job strobing this. I love the low key look to all of them. Bravo.Car is absolutely WILD as well. JESUS. 

Hanma
Hanma

It's a cool concept but it's too rough looking for my tastes. Too many overlapped panels and rivets showing for a car like this. I get the style they went for and I usually like it, but it just doesn't match the Lambo's personality. Cover the rivets or mold the fenders and clean up the overall look of the rest of the car, then they might have something. As it sits, this car looks half assed and unfinished with a stock interior and no other distinguishing features. It really is just a Lambo with a bolted on kit and a metallic wrap right now.

Paddy McGrath
Paddy McGrath

As always Sean, top work. Car looks like a nightmare to light!

Jalisurr
Jalisurr

This is not a LP-540. It's either an LP-640 or just a Murciélago. You probably meant 640.

MajesticOne
MajesticOne

How can you make a widebody car and run smaller tires than stock on the front? Put on overfenders and spacers until the front sticks out? Why?

 

ComJive
ComJive

I really gotta disagree with your assessment of the murcielago's looks (though obviously it's subjective and everyone's opinion is "right" to them): I really don't think the murci has dated that badly. The non-lp640, maybe, but I never see those anymore (same as the non-lp560 gallardo). I will grant you that, next to an aventador, it's much much less striking (i think the reventon could hold its own) but I think the murci's design is going to stand the test of time far better than the aventador's, and that's for one big reason: simplicity. Unlike the aventador, with all its edges and details and fiddly bits, the murci only really has its intakes, and engine cover to show off. It isn't too sharp-edged and there aren't 340 intakes (there are eight but these cars run hot). most importantly, the car has one of the nicest roofline silhouettes of any supercar that isn't from the early '70s.

 

Of course, if what you want from a supercar is either just "the newest" or "SUPER EXTREME YAHHHH" then you'll disagree with all of this, but time will tell in the end. Consider this, though: the original countach LP 400, with almost no body adornments, no flares, is definitely a prettier car than the ridiculous wide ones from the '80s, and everything's better than the 25th ann. car

DieterManero
DieterManero

I dont know, maybe it's tne brushed steel look or the lighting but I not too crazy about this kit. The Murc is already a wide car, making it even wider could just be pointless. Though it does have a few design cues that could be brought over for a more milder kit.

JoeShaffer
JoeShaffer

I love how wild they went with it. I'd love to see it with an Underground Racing engine.

Fagundes_V8
Fagundes_V8

i really don't liked this car , because Lambroghinis are for rich and classic people , in tuner hands , hmmm , not so good works are made, this stile is not for Lamborghini cars.

this is my opinion

Frozzy
Frozzy

From a distance, it looks cool 

but on the detailed shots, you can see a lot of imperfections. Looks cheap and tacky for such a high end car. IMO 

ghepardo
ghepardo

This Lambo is strinking for sure, but those bolt on fenders don't look quite natural in this occasion. Those fenders work with countless JDM cars and RWB Porsches because they were actually used in competition as bolt ons are the only way to fit wider tires. Midengine cars generally allow you to interchange more body panels more easily, so whats the point of bolt ons when you can do proper fender replacements? I realize RWB and Ben Spora are popularizing the very fine line between function and absurd caricatature look, but this car seems to venture slightly towards the absurd direction. 

fredyka
fredyka

I think the brushed wrap and the bolts on those over fenders are two of the most significant aspects of the build

Kitch
Kitch

Personally I hate it - props for having the balls to do it but its not my bag

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