car Prep Inc
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Car Prep Inc
In 2021 Car Prep was asked by Genesis Motors USA to undertake bringing a Genesis GV70 up to the observation deck(102nd floor) of the Freedom Tower in Lower Manhattan, NY. It was the focal point of the celebration event after the GV70 received Motor Trend's SUV of the year. The logistics of this project was driven by the challenge of having to transport the vehicle to the 102nd floor in elevators. The Car Prep team jumped into action. The Freedom Tower elevators were measured for size and verified for their load capacity. The selected vehicle was strategically "cut" into pieces implementing pre-fabricated attachment points that would allow the assembled car to be blemish free and spot light ready. It was then transported from California to New York. Upon arrival, the car was moved to a loading dock where it was disassembled and moved piece by piece up to the observation level of the tower. It was then reassembled for the celebration event and placed for guests to view. The following day, Car Prep technicians quickly implemented the reverse sequence to bring the vehicle back down to be put back together for the ride home. A little "American ingenuity" and hard work made for a successful celebration!
The multi-award winning Hyundai Ioniq 5 was showcased in Marvel's blockbuster film Spider-Man: No Way Home. Car Prep was tasked with the challenge of designing and fabricating a way to safely hang the Ioniq 5 in front of a cityscape set above the red carpet entrance for the Hollywood premiere of the movie. The design started by reducing the weight of the vehicle in every way possible, removing any unecessary parts that would not be visible to the audience. Once that was done, a metal infrastructure was constructed with weight distribution in mind and attached to several structurally sound points within the car. The design cleverly placed the attachment point inside of the car so you did not see a big hook at the back of the car. The only thing visible was the heavy duty cable attached to the very large crane behind the scene that was easily camouflaged. Once the structural engineering was complete, several details were needed to make the car look "natural" while hanging in place. Each of the wheel assemblies had to be disassembled and modified to make it appear like the car would look sitting on the ground. Several other cosmetic touches were fabricated and installed to cover areas where parts were removed. The final element of the project was to do a "hang" test. The vehicle was transported to the company providing the crane and a test lift was performed. A special metal frame with wheels was created and bolted on the front of the car to keep from damaging the bumper until the car was fully suspended. Once the car was in the air, counter weights were strategically placed in the car so it hung perfectly straight. Mission accomplished! The final touch was to black out the windows and head to Hollywood!
Car Prep was issued a challenge: Provide the means to float a Hyundai Tucson on the surface of a lake, and make it look like it was driving on the water. After a concept was developed, presented and approved, a used pontoon party boat was purchased and modified. The pontoom acted as a platform for the car, complete with rollers under the tires that could turn a propeller for motivation on the water. Testing was performed at a local ocean boat dock, and once it was confirmed the platform actually worked, the specialized rig was trucked to the East Coast for a blustery lakefront photo shoot. Although there were many challenges to make the shoot work, the Car Prep technicians overcame the odds and the shoot was a success.
In January of 2015, Car Prep was on-set and actively involved the "Message to Space" corporate commercial shoot for Hyundai Motor Corporation in the Nevada desert. Produced by Los Angeles based Duo Films, the record setting shoot involved thirteen GPS equipped Genesis sedans that carved a message into the desert floor which could be seen from the orbiting International Space Station.
After much experimentation, we determined the best way for each car's tire to make a clean cut into the desert floors surface was to attach several rings of motorcycle chain aroung the cirrcumference of each tire, using up almost 2500 feet of chain. The end result was a spectacular video that connected technology and emotion.Please click the link below and be amazed!
When our client asked us to deliver their mobile DJ display car to a Grammy party in a Florida hotel ballroom, we learned the ballroom doorway was too narrow for the car to drive through. Our solution was to flip the car on it's side! A custom rig was designed and fabricated to include heavy duty wheels that allowed the car to be rotated 90 degrees. The car was bolted to the frame, flipped on its side and rolled through the narrow doorway. Problem solved! Pump up the music and let the party begin!