Simplicity and clarity lead to good design.
You and I probably know it in a more succinct way – less is more. If ever there was a car that communicated this straight away, you’re looking at it.
Many of us associate the OEM+ movement with the VAG tuning scene. It’s an approach to modifying whereby the end result equates to far more than the sum of the build’s parts.
The modifications are often carried out in such a subtle manner that it sometimes takes someone with intricate knowledge of that particular model to be able to spot that anything has been changed at all.
At other times, the OEM+ approach can be far more in-your-face, whilst still remaining subtle and restrained. I’m talking modifications or aspects that are way too extreme to have been carried out by the original manufacturer, but are in keeping with the factory styling of the car, such as a seemingly subterranean ride-height, or wheels that look like they could have been an optional extra, were they not quite so wide/dished/fitted.
To the outsider, or those too quick to naysay, the OEM+ approach is often dismissed as ‘just bags and wheels’. To be fair to those criticisms, that’s often all there is to it on the surface, certainly if you’re the type for just skimming down spec-lists and totting up what’s been changed.
To refute this, I’d simply say that more doesn’t always equal better, and I can point you in several directions for proof.With Impact
One such builder who shares this ethos is Kazuki Ohashi, who some might know as Kazuki CrossGlow.
In a time and world where supercar tuning and modification often involves fitting the widest overfenders, cavernous deep-dish wheels, shin-destroying composite canards, the wildest chassis-mounted wings and brightest paint or vinyl, Kazuki maintains a wonderfully restrained approach.
This Rosso Corsa Ferrari F355 GTS is testament to this. It’s the first complete project in a new joint venture that Kazuki and the owner of this F355, Tatsuya Yokoyama, have taken on, known as Madlane Ltd.
The purpose of Madlane is to offer a bespoke modification service for those who want a more restrained OEM+ approach to making their supercars sit pretty.
I’m purposefully avoiding the ‘S’ word so as not to rile up the keyboard-bashers, or those who struggle to comprehend that all forms of modifying should be treated with equal respect – if we were all the same the world would be very boring.
We’ll be bringing you a look at what else Madlane have up their sleeves in the near future too…
Curiously, it was Kazuki’s deep passion for Americana that set him on this particular journey in modifying and, although you might not be able to make the immediate link from looking at this project, there are plenty of parallels to be drawn.
Kazuki’s first car was a Chevy Impala lowrider, and it’s very much the lowrider approach to lowering and modifying that has carried through into this Ferrari.
It all starts with the perfect base car for the project – Kazuki sources low mileage, clean condition cars to work on. The bodywork and interior has to be as perfect as it can be, which allows the improvements and changes that Madlane makes to compliment the original car, rather than covering up or enhancing a multitude of problems that already existed.
You might see it as the antithesis of modern-day supercar tuning.
There’s no chopping up of bodywork or simply bolting on parts here either, and it’s this tailor-made approach to modifying that should be appreciated in lieu of a spec sheet as long as your arm.
When Madlane lowers a car to this extent, it’s done with no modifications to the metalwork. In this regard, Kazuki is incredibly respectful of what he’s working with.
It’s not always what has been done, but how it has been done that we should be appreciating more, I feel.Done With Care
Where lowriders use hydraulics, Kazuki uses modern air suspension technology to achieve the perfect mix of show and go. Custom air struts are controlled by Air Lift Performance 3H management – the F355 can be lowered down to within inches of the smooth Japanese asphalt, or, with the press of a button, raised up for a more practical approach to motoring.
Adjustable height suspension has come a long way in recent years, with electronic management systems arguably advancing at a lightning rate compared to static systems.
Lowering a classic Ferrari like this may seem like sacrilege to some, but this particular F355 has had more time and attention paid to how it sits and handles than the countless examples parked outside of Harrods on a Saturday morning, or even worse laid up in a sealed bubble inside some investor’s garage, like some sort of glorified pension pot.
The GTS is a car that Tatsuya can now drive, show and use, without compromise.
Complimenting the ride height, Madlane specified a custom set of BBS CH501 wheels. I find myself surprised at admitting this as I’m a big fan of the OEM F355 GTS five-spokes, but these BBS suit the GTS’s lines perfectly.
The GTS’s pristine cabin space has been tastefully brought up to speed with a pair of Recaro A8 seats and MOMO Prototipo steering wheel.
Kazuki and Madlane haven’t reinvented the wheel here, they’ve simply taken a considered approach to supercar styling. Less is more when it comes to the OEM+ approach, and I can’t honestly think of anything I’d add or take away from this build to make it more ‘complete’.
Photography by Mark Riccioni
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Simple and clean. Me likey
That's absolutely glorious and I generally dislike "stance" cars.
The 355 isn't really the best to pedal hard anyways (let alone a bendy bus GTS) so these modifications add more where it does deliver in terms of theatre. Hopefully it has a rowdy exhaust system as the 355 motor is one of the best sounding cars ever.
Why do the rims stick out farther than the tires?
It's due to a poor sense of style.
A question - besides the adjustable ride height, is there benefit in terms of body control and ride quality with air suspension? I'm sort of thinking in the sense of Range Rover or S Class, or some such thing, and would there be a improvement over coil/shock suspension?
Another silly stanced degradation of a fine car, and another silly defense of same.
I agree 100%. Enzo would have him whacked and fed to the fishes
People who say OEM+ or "stage #" immediately red flag themselves as knowing nothing about car tuning.
"I’m purposefully avoiding the ‘S’ word so as not to rile up the keyboard-bashers, or those who struggle to comprehend that all forms of modifying should be treated with equal respect – if we were all the same the world would be very boring."
I like how people with engineering experience and tuning knowledge are now "keyboard-bashers" to some of America's leading keyboard generals who have yet to turn wrenches or race in any series besides some small track days.
All forms of modifying should not be treated respect. If I bought up every 962 in existence and then bagged them, lifted them and ruined them beyond historical repair we could all agree that I have done something destructive.
When we start celebrating mediocrity society as a whole and the tuning industry are in really deep sh it.
Or maybe we should all just shut our mouths and let you guys ruin car culture.
u're mostly WRONG
it's very good
There truly is nothing that will compete with the looks and charisma a red Ferarri gives. I wish I wasn't just a lonely old plumber rocking about in my van, and could join the elite and the rich anf famous and have my red number parked on the driveway for all to see!
The F355 is the most 'Ferrari' Ferrari in my opinion and this one just looks epic
So many negative people commenting lol. Just because something is not your style doesn't mean it's bad and ruining car culture. Being an asshole is not going to solve anything. People will still modify their cars the way they want because it makes them happy.
The stock F355 has pretty much the perfect ride height, not to low as it becomes an unsuable POS outside of a racetrack. This one is pushing it too far and make it looks much worse than the original. I have never really liked the stock euro 90's plastic looking 5 spokes would have complimented it nicely had the owner choosed to mount a sensible choice in term of width both for the rim and the tire.
Sadly it is pretty much a failure.
Its a perfect result in my opinion, and a refreshing style among all the stance/widebody/liberty supercars, BUT (there are always a but) i would have gone for higher offset, and a meaty choice on the tires instead, but thats me
Even thought I hate "Stance" aka not-very-smart , it actually looks good and sure, the owner can do whatever he wants to do it with it.
However, this is still just an OEM on air bags. There is nothing else special about it. Look at other 5 millions OEM setup on air with front license plate delete. This is just one those, except with Ferrari badge.
i didn't read all the article, but from the comments section i can read that some beef is going on. I always say the same thing: You can give your opinion to everything. Its your good given right. But if you never have buildt a car, or ever touched a wrench, just keep your shit on the low. Simple's that.
Now my not so impotant, only superficial opinion. The car is great, the wheels are unbelievable, but a Ferrari with air suspension is a no-go. Anyway, its Kazukis car so he can do whatever the f... he wants.
Love the wheels, it reminds me of the wheels found on a Ferrari Challenge but with concave and lip.
them cheap lug nuts doe..
Refreshing change from the OTT aero street cars/supercars.
But I'd change the wheels to not be as wide, so the tyres actually look like they fit