In a recent chat with my man AJ (VP of RUINED EV), I shared with him that I wanted to feature a custom Tesla Model S. Few hours later, I was introduced to Jose Torres from Saint Cloud, FL.
While JT’s car is still an ongoing project with fewer upgrades, I think it’s ready to get under the spotlight. Of course, I’ll follow his luxury EV’s evolution and update the article.
Don’t get me wrong; there is plenty to see at this stage. I’m sure all of you Tesla Model S owners out there can get some ideas about what can be done to your cars.
First, let me show you how JT entered the Tesla customization game.
Before the Tesla Model S
Interested in the modified car scene for many years, JT never had the time and money to commit to a project. In 2020, he purchased a Tesla Model 3 with no intentions to customize it.
Things changed when JT came across a Signature Customs shop car and was thrilled by its looks.
“I joined a local car club to help me get a starting point and was able to do most of the work myself, thanks to YouTube.“
The Model 3 is set on bags and struts from Universal Air and rocks exterior modifications from Robot Craftsman, Adro, and RPM Tesla to achieve a head-turning sporty look.
The Copper 20-inch Avant Garde aftermarket wheels make the Tesla pop. Carbon fiber wing, diffuser, and custom lighting from Restored Vision are what you see at the rear.
JT did a great job with his first Tesla without any experience, and I’m sure the new owner is proud of it. If you want to see another modded Model 3, check out AJ’s M3 Performance build story.
Now, let’s get to the point.
JT’s Custom Model S Project
After enjoying the car for a couple of years and racking some awards, in July of 2023, JT let the beautifully customized Model 3 go. Only a month later, he became the new owner of a 2020 Tesla Model S Long Range Plus.
“I needed a car with more room and better range. Plus, there are way too many modified Tesla M3s, so I also wanted to build and drive something different.“
JT started the Model S customization with a TGK Motorsports dumpbox kit, allowing him to tap into the stock airlines and lower the Tesla all the way down.
He is looking forward to a partnership with N2itive Designs to further enhance the ride height and handling and improve the wheel alignment. As you may know, many Tesla Model S and X cars suffer from accelerated inner tire wear.
The luxury EV is fully wrapped with Verde Solaris vinyl and has PPF on the front bumper and hood. RPM Tesla carbon fiber accents combined with front lip and rear diffuser from Maxton Design is where the exterior customization ends (for now).
JT will be taking his EV’s aerodynamics to the next level soon. At the moment, he is still exploring the ground effects options and trying to decide if he wants to go widebody.
Carbon fiber pieces are also used for the custom Tesla Model S interior. Those include the dashboard, armrest, center console, and the sleek Yoke steering wheel. A high-end audio system and interior ambient lighting are next, shares JT.
Wheels | Tires | Brakes
The vehicle relies on the factory Brembo brakes, but JT will upgrade the rotors soon. The custom 21-inch rims wrapped in Falken AS rubber surely make the Tesla Model S stand out. I’m not surprised the wheels are JT’s favorite mod.
JT’s Roadmap to Success
The custom Tesla Model S is still an ongoing project. While JT has no car sponsors or awards yet, he has learned a lot from his previous build and his friends at RUINED EV and Electrified Orlando.
Here is what he wanted to share with everyone getting into the custom car scene.
To Those Just Starting with Car Mods
Take your time when deciding what you want to do with your build. Join local, regional, and international car communities. You’ll make many friends who will help you along the way and connect you with companies that sell parts you’re interested in.
To Those Trying to Get Their Build Sponsored
Just love what you do and be unique with your approach. Many sponsors will reach out if they want to be a part of your build. Once you have a good social media presence and following, you can contact any brand and offer to become their ambassador.
Wrapping It Up
I hope you like what JT has done with his car so far. If that’s the case, you can follow his custom Tesla Model S build progress on Instagram @jt_mstesla. I’ll do it and update this article when more mods are installed on the vehicle.
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