Since the internal restructure of VAD at the start of 2015 the company has grown immensely, finding new direction in the way we have gone about our business. The company made some terrible decisions in the early years, taken mainly by a certain member of the team, the company looked great from the outside, but unfortunately it’s was a bit of a mess on the inside, I think the whole global industry will remember the RWB fiasco, let’s face it who hasn't, it's a topic that I want to personally discuss in finer detail over the coming weeks, there is a story to tell and it’s about time the truth was told, but this blog post isn’t about the past it's about the present and the future.
At the start of 2015 with the changes in place, losing the in-house paint facility of the company set us back a few months, losing various Porsche aero parts, namely the 993 and the Cayenne was no huge loss, and if im honest a huge relief, it was tarnished and still is, it bought the company and the brand nothing but hassle and aggravation, so it was time to get back to basics, after all VAD are renowned forged wheel specialists and we have been for the past 15 years, servicing the trade whilst recently opening the doors to the public domain, so it wasn’t difficult for the company to refocus and get back to doing what we do best, build and sell custom forged wheels.
The demand for aero parts was still huge, especially the GT3 aero programme we had advertised and promoted throughout 2014, and although the parts we were able for us to source and were beautifully manufactured, its worth remembering they are a race part, so the fit and finish for a road car application is like chalk and cheese, as we found out they fit where they touch, something we wouldn’t be happy selling or fitting to the world’s elite brands, so it was time to rethink and make a plan.
First of all the search was on for us to find a paint specialist that we could work with, advertising an in-house painting facility isn’t worth promoting if your work is substandard, and i would rather work side by side with companies that offer me a unique high quality service, that can then complement what we do, this is when I came across Adam Barmby and his composite company BAMD.
Those of you that read the VAD blogs will know all about how VAD and BAMD came together and what projects we have worked on, along with whats planned for the future, we both share the same quality core values, fit and finish is paramount if you are putting your name to it, as you can see from the attached pictures it’s quite evident that Adam is completely anal when it comes to finish and attention to detail.
This particular 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera is a credit to him, showing his capabilities as a car builder, every nut and bolt has been either changed or upgraded, with some crazy one off bespoke touches, I particularly like the petrol cap that’s recessed into the front bonnet, it’s a real touch of craftsmanship, the interior of this beauty is as clean as the exterior, as is the underside and engine bay, this is one meticulously put together machine, a job he's immensely proud of, who wouldn't be.
So what's next for the Aspect-GT brand. Well with enquiries coming in thick and fast from all over the world, a full carbon fibre Ferrari 458 Curseive GT3 in the planning stages, along with our new Audi R8 Ultra –R, along with our own Z4 V8 GT3 build, as well as a bit of aero enhancement to the all new 991 Porsche GT3-RS model, it’s going to be a very busy year, and as we have always said at VAD… Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort and skillful execution, a slogan we can both relate to.