PCA Porsche Parade 2017 – Spokane, Washington

Of all the p-car centric happenings, there are few as established as the PCA's Parade event. Dating back as far as 1956, Porsche Parade is a stuttcar spectacle that's been around longer than the 911 itself. With a Concours d'Elegance, banquets galore, autocross, a 5k run and more, there's plenty to experience at Parade for all ages. This year marked the 62nd year of Parade & our 4th year in attendance. Between goldRush stopping through & Porsche Parade, Spokane never knew what hit 'em. Check out our quick video recap to see what you may have missed. Not a bad way to spend a week in Washington, right? Well, there's plenty more where that came from. Experiencing Porsche Parade 2017 Nearly every model of Porsche imaginable found its way to this year's Parade. Of course, we came prepared as well. With the help of JK2 Detailing, we outfitted our display with an ULTIMATE equipped 911 Carrera S from Porsche of Spokane. During the first half of the event, they roped off a beautiful 918 for a lobby display. Luckily enough, as the event unfolded we found it unguarded in an adjacent hallway. A few other red cars were visible around the hospitality & vendor hall, but one stood out among the rest. Little did we know, an unveiling was in order for the night of the Pirelli Welcome Party. Shortly after the opening remarks, Porsche rolled out a brand new GT3. The car later found its way to the Concours lawn, before finally resting in the hotel. PCA Concours d'Elegance at Riverfront Park We awoke on Monday to the sounds of flat 6s making their way to Riverfront Park as the PCA Concours began. The sheer variety on display for the concours was mind boggling. From Boxsters to Caymans, RSs and beyond, it didn't disappoint. Porsche had their own manufacturer's line up featuring the new GT3 among others. With plenty of freebies & all sorts of cool branded merchandise to check out, we hopped in line to see what was up for grabs. The swag bags were bountiful with brochures, stickers, keychains and then some. The hot ticket item though was a pair of complimentary Tequipment sunglasses. While the judges made their rounds, we perused the park to photograph a few of our favorites. Among them was an exceptionally clean 912 with a unique polished roof rack. Nearly every model imaginable was present, from a Porsche tractor to a rare black 959. Rows of 356s, 911s, 912s, and Carreras seemed to never end. From what we heard, the dedicated participants of the Concours had tolled late into the previous evening prepping, and it showed with many immaculate vehicles. Legends of the Autocross Among the various driving tours & road rallies, the autocross event is a must on Porsche Parade. Held over a two day period in a large lot near Spokane County Raceway, autocross brought out a crowd. The staging lanes appeared to be largely dominated by Caymans and Carreras, but the lot featured a little bit of everything. In particular, a gorgeous Yachting Blue GT3 RS caught our eye. Clocking in a lap at 37.552, it pulled the quickest time for its class. Delicious Dinners & Banquets Galore After the activities wound down each day, it was time to break away from the XPEL display & socialize. This year's Porsche Parade featured five distinct evening banquets. With a variety of plated & buffet style menus, each evening was a treat. Of course, one of our favorites was the taco bar at the Michelin Late Apex AutoCross Banquet. Between the Hospitality Hall and Convention Center, the evenings were well spent with good food in good company. The banquets also highlighted an array of display vehicles. One in particular that stood out was a brand new Boxster wearing a Sport Classic Grey paint job. Each banquet was accompanied with awards & door prizes from the day's activities or event sponsors. We gave away some Tracwrap temporary protective film, and one lucky person even won an ULTIMATE install. It's always a pleasure getting to know more PCA members and the Parade's banquets were a great opportunity to do so. We're still "new" attendees compared to many of the Parade's lifers, but they welcomed us with open arms regardless. Porsches on Patrol - Parading Around Spokane Of course, it wouldn't be a Porsche Parade without an actual Parade. On the final day of our stay with PCA, we met up at the Spokane Fairgrounds to see all the cars assemble. The stream of Porsches entering the fairgrounds seemed to go on for miles. Auto crossers and Concours participants alike arrived one by one, ready for the 13 mile caravan through Spokane. Having a police escort through downtown was an awesome way to cap off our week at Porsche Parade, especially when riding in style. As luck would have it, we hitched a ride with PCA's Executive Director Vu Nguyen in a brand new Panamera GTS. With the comfort & speed of a private jet, the Panamera ferried us down Spokane Falls Boulevard. As we closed the gap on the Davenport Grand, a small crowd formed outside to cheer on the Parade's participants. All in all our 4th year at Porsche Parade was as wonderful an experience as ever. It's estimated that somewhere around 2,500 PCA members made it out to Washington, and we can't wait to see them all again at Lake of the Ozarks in 2018. Thanks for reading, and check out the full photo gallery below! Porsche Parade 2017 Photo Gallery

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Barrett-Jackson North East 2017 with Automobilia Auto Salon

Last week marked our second year at the Mohegan Sun & the third Barrett-Jackson of 2017. With a wide variety of vehicles on display and a unique auction layout, Barrett-Jackson North East was exciting as ever. Of course, having something special in our booth always helps too! On Location at Barrett-Jackson North East with a Shelby GT350R While the Scottsdale, West Palm, and Vegas auctions feature various display halls & tents, the Mohegan Sun show is a bit more confined. In any case, a large event space is being constructed to house the show in coming years. By the time 2018 rolls around, the scale of Barrett-Jackson North East will be massive. Be that as it may, we arrived roaring to go. Our friends from Automobilia Auto Salon helped secure an awesome vehicle for the show. Incidentally, our booth's position was at the edge of the Chevy display, but of course, we brought out a Blue Oval. None other than one stunning Shelby GT350R. Equipped with full front ULTIMATE paint protection, the GT350R was an attention getter. In any case, the real surprise for attendees came from the ULTIMATE self-healing demonstration. Many people at the show were familiar with XPEL products, but few had experienced them first hand. With a few swipes of a wire brush, ULTIMATE's powers wowed the crowds. Demons, Warbirds, and Carbon, Oh My! Despite Barrett-Jackson being auction centric, manufacturer booths have quite the draw. The big three were all in attendance with a variety of models, but Dodge and Ford seemed to be the main contenders. All things considered, we could have spent all day starring down the Dodge Demon Challenger. It was the first time any of us had seen one up close, and it's definitely a looker. The massive air grabber and supercharger. The bulbous fenders & distinct badging. The meaty Nitto NT05R tires. No doubt, the Demon Challenger's approach is not for the faint of heart. Outside the main pavilion, Ford was showing off one of its latest & greatest as well. Stunning as ever, the new Ford GT spun on its carousel wearing a brilliant silver finish with exposed carbon stripes. The stripe wasn't the only bit of exposed carbon work either. It was a bit hard to spot from the edge of the velvet ropes, but the Ford GT's wheels were optioned in bare carbon fiber. Weighing in a full two pounds lighter than the forged aluminum variant, the carbon wheels are functionally gorgeous. They add an extra $15k to the GT's sticker price, but will reduce rolling inertia by a whopping 25 percent. At any rate, that's money well spent. A few steps away, a second R sat parallel to a no-stripe GT350. The R looked great dressed in all black with matte stripes, and the standardized Shelby was no slouch. Inside, the brand new 2018 Mustang GT wore white as well. With a little extra aero & a blacked out grill, the white GT stood out much better than the drop top that was at Palm Beach. Our friends at ROUSH Performance held down the corner of the main pavilion with a few beauties too. Most notably, their new P-51 Mustang. Inspired by the famous warbird of its namesake, the ROUSH P-51 is putting the Hellcat on notice. Pushing a whopping 727 HP, the special edition 'Stang is the most powerful American pre-titled car ever built. According to ROUSH, only 51 will enter production with a retail price of $42,500 over the base 2017 Mustang GT. There may have not been as many exotics up for auction as previous Barrett-Jacksons, but the few in attendance didn't disappoint. A new Ferrari 488 Spider was on site and later sold for a whopping $434 thousand and change. Along side it, a Mercedes SLR McLaren and a few of Lamborghini's finest waited their turn to cross the blocks. Ironically, one of the most unique cars on display at Barrett-Jackson North East wasn't for sale. We spotted it on the way in during our setup day, but didn't know it would be in attendance. Sprayed with a unique shade of Lamborghini Arancio, a highly modified FD3S RX-7 took many show goers by surprise. At a glance, one might even mistake it for a kit car thanks to rare RE-Amemiya bodywork & a Porsche front end conversion. In all actuality, the FD was a 2016 SEMA Super Street Top Honors winner. Around the grounds Beyond the main sponsor displays, the buzz of Barrett-Jackson North East continued. Quite a few of our fellow vendors has brought out some exceptional examples to ogle at. The cars up for auction in the main tent were as diverse as previous events. We spotted quite a few off-roaders from classic FJs to Jeeps, Land Rovers, and even one monster truck. A variety of Porsches were also up for grabs, along with a white on white Nissan R32. As usual, Chevy, Dodge, and Ford were throwing down with a selection of ride & drive events. It would have been nice to see a live demo of the Demon Challenger, but we're guessing Mohegan Sun has a safety clause against popping wheelies. Another favorite from Barrett-Jackson North East came from none other than Callaway Cars. The Corvette Aerowagen is a polarizing design no doubt, but we fell in love at first sight. Even Chris Jacobs seemed intrigued. After all, it's a modern day shooting brake with the performance numbers to back it up. The Aerowagen blends everything awesome about a C7 with a feel that's reminiscent of the late, great, CTS-V estate. Is it sacrilege to wish it had a roof box & air suspension? Perhaps. Either way, the want is strong. A Parking Garage Presentation Bound for the Blocks In addition to the auction cars outside the main hall, there was quite a bit to see housed in the Mohegan Sun garage. Comprised of around 4 floors of display vehicles, the setup made navigating the auction's lots a breeze.   We spotted a fine selection of classic BMWs in the garage. An exceptional example of the 4-door E36 M3 sat in the shadows of the bottom floor with less than 30k on the clock. A few floors up, a clean 1980 635 CSI & vintage 1800 looked as OEM as ever. Between a Fiat Jolly Custom, a few Minis and an Amphicar, there was no shortage of microcars either. The Jolly had a lot of personality, and the crowds loved it. Of the three, it tipped the docket just shy of a $43k sale price. Lot diversity is becoming a strong trait for the auction series. The events might be more catered towards a collector car audience, but there's truly something for everyone. Even John Deere made an appearance at Barrett-Jackson North East. A handful of exotics has found their way into the Mohegan garage as well. Among them was a well kept Ferrari 348 TS accompanied by a black F430 Spider a couple spaces away. In addition to the stallions, DuPont Registry was showing off an absolute stunner. A brand new McLaren 720S sitting pretty with the doors up, finished in a unique pearl grey with tan hides. We're big fans of the 720, so it was great to get up close with one outside of an install bay. At the top of the garage along an outer corridor, we stumbled upon another set of R's. A '92 GT-R and anther Shelby GT350-R to be precise. The all silver Nissan had plenty of desirable upgrades without going overboard. Of course, the Mustang looked great finished in XPEL Yellow too! After a short walk through the casino, we found our way to the auction blocks. Even though we didn't arrive during prime time, the energy inside the Mohegan Sun Arena was electric. With upper level seats filled & bids flying, we caught as much of the action as we could before heading back to the booth. Wrapping Up Barrett-Jackson North East Ultimately, our trip to Barrett-Jackson North East was an enjoyable one. We had a great time with the team from Automobilia Auto Salon, and their assistance in educating the public about XPEL was fundamental. While we won't be in attendance at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas this year, we've already got it on our list for 2018. If we're lucky, maybe we'll even wind up with a new Ford GT or Demon of our very own to show off in the XPEL booth!   XPEL at Barrett-Jackson North East - Full Photo Gallery

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Melbourne Madness: BMW F30 335i Wrapped in XPEL STEALTH Paint Protection

VEHICLE SPECS & MODIFICATIONS 2012 F30 BMW 335i - Melbourne Red Metallic Full Car Wrap in XPEL STEALTH Satin Finish Paint Protection Film Vossen VFS-6 Gloss Graphite - 20 x 9 front, 20 x 10 rear NITTO NT555 G2 rubber Thule AeroBlade Roof Bars & ProRide Bike Rack Euro Stripe kit utilizing XPEL ULTIMATE COLOUR in Gloss Black Burger Tuning JB4 Tuner Injen Cold Air Intake Wagner Tuning Downpipe VRSF Chargepipe   BEFORE THE MADNESS: A MELBOURNE RED 335i The BMW 335i is a great platform for performance with plenty of room for personalization. Michael's F30 started out its life as a normal german sports saloon with low miles on the clock & still under warranty. Of course, it's only a matter of time before the madness takes hold of any car enthusiast, and it's time for a change. Melbourne Metallic Red is a beautiful finish to begin with, but Michael wanted to mix it up. Drawing inspiration from instagram personality & friend of the brand YasMadness, #MelbourneMadness was born. GOODBYE GLOSS: INSTALLING XPEL STEALTH First things first, get stealthy. To achieve the "Frozen" look popularized by BMW's rarer M cars, the 335i needed a STEALTH wrap. Every inch of exposed Melbourne red paintwork got covered with XPEL STEALTH. Even the tail lights received a satin refresh. For an example of how XPEL STEALTH can transform any base paint color, take a look at the images above. As you can see, the diffusion of overhead light & reflections on the front fender is immediately noticeable. The film's satin finish does an incredible job of highlighting body lines & curves. Without affecting the underlying color, STEALTH can give any vehicle an updated aesthetic. Of course, the added benefits of paint protection makes it even better. For those unfamiliar with XPEL STEALTH, it's so much more than a clear satin refinishing film. For starters, it offers the same protective thickness & self healing properties as our ULTIMATE clear bra. It's also backed by a 10-year warranty against discoloration, cracking, peeling or hazing. It's a safe bet for protecting factory matte paint too; with proper installation, it's almost impossible to tell where the film starts or stops. More than a Make-Over With the STEALTH wrap complete, the Melbourne Madness F30 was ready for a few more minor tweaks. To up the power a bit, Michael made some adjustments to the output with a Burger Tuning JB4. For an extra bump, the BMW also received an Injen cold air intake, Wagner Tuning downpipe, and VRSF charge pipe. A post shared by Michael Dobbins - XPEL (@texasdobbins) on Feb 21, 2017 at 6:18pm PST The power increase isn't neck breaking, but it's more than enough to liven up a morning commute. There's more rumble, plenty of pop, and it'll even spit a flame or two under load. To keep the car planted, Melbourne Madness is sporting a set of Vossen VFS-6 Hybrid Forged wheels. Finished in Gloss Graphite & wrapped in Nitto NT555, the 20 inch Vossens fill out the F30's wheel wells beautifully. The split spoke style is a great choice for any BMW, and the dark finish really compliments the offset ULTIMATE Colour euro stripes. Even with four doors & no "M" badging, Melbourne Madness can still light 'em up with little hesitation. The NT555 G2s offer plenty of all-around performance for a summer tire. No doubt, further durability testing may be necessary if more horsepower upgrades happen. Rack 'Em Up In the event of a full trunk or a pedal-powered outing, the STEALTH F30 is also equipped with a set of Thule AeroBlade roof bars & ProRide bike rack. It's not easy to trade four wheels for two when you've got a car like Melbourne Madness, but options are good to have. The AeroBlades make it a breeze to trade out the bike rack for a roof box or cargo basket for more storage capacity. Love it or hate it, the STEALTH wrapped Melbourne Madness BMW F30 is bound to turn heads. If you spot it on the road, be sure to DM us a photo on instagram so we can share it! Interested in having XPEL STEALTH self-healing paint protection film applied to your own vehicle? Our worldwide dealer locator can connect you with an authorized installer nearby. CLICK THE BANNER BELOW TO FIND AN XPEL STEALTH INSTALLER IN YOUR AREA:   To see more STEALTH Installations, check out these videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfJLXXVA-m4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sT-FURIk9pc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrR5eUpG_RQ

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XPEL Dealer Conference 2017 – Celebrating 20 Years

XPEL Dealer Conference We would like to thank everyone who attended the XPEL Dealer Conference in San Antonio, Texas. It was an absolute blast, and we cannot wait for next years event. If you missed the Dealer Conference, be sure to keep and eye out for next year's event, dates will be coming soon. Over the course of two days, we had more than 120 attendees from our worldwide network of XPEL installers descend upon the Marriott Rivercenter in downtown San Antonio. We were fortunate to have many great guest speakers ranging from Indy Car Winner, Graham Rahal, to Bobby Bowden, the legendary Florida State Seminoles head coach. In addition, we had speakers from all different networks, including experts in social media, branding, and search engine optimization, all designed to help you, our customer, to build your business and brand. Aside from the guest speakers, show attendees were welcomed with various breakout sessions which focused on key points and topics to help them with their business and make a stronger impact in their market, more details below. The heavy hitter was the installation contests for both Paint Protection Film and Window film. Contestants could choose to enter both contests to win a grand prize of five thousand dollars! The winning didn't stop at first place, we also had cash prizes for second, third, and fourth place. Overall, it was a successful weekend and we thank you, our customers for attending. Installation Contest When we announced that there was going to be an installation contest, with over $14,000 in cash prizes, we had a flood of interest to install both Window Film and Paint Protection Film. Combined, we had more than eighty installers competing to win the title of best XPEL Installer for Window Film and Paint Protection Film. The PPF competitors had to install XPEL ULTIMATE on one full fender for the first round, a 24" partial hood kit for the second round and full front bumper for the final round. The Window Film competitors had to tint one roll-up window for round one, the opposite roll-up window for round two, and the back window for the final round. Competition winners are announced below. We'd also like to thank Northside Ford, for lending us six, 2017 Ford Mustangs for the installation competition. Install Competition Winners Paint Protection Film: 1st Place was Chris West of CCA Motorsport 2nd Place was Nick Blek of Premier Auto Armor 3rd Place was Gabriel Stefan of Protex Canada 4th Place was Lance Pugh of Clear Pro Window Film: 1st Place was Steve Valiquette of Protex Canada 2nd Place was Jose Castano of Affordable Window Tinting 3rd Place was David Dellinger of Dellinger Inc 4th Place was Ron Talley of Midwest Tinting Breakout Sessions Aside from the amazing line up of our guest speakers, we had breakout sessions that covered topics to help our installers with growing their business and becoming a better installer. Throughout the course of two days, we had sessions that included: Dealer Panel - Driving Price, Search Engine Optimization with Bill Leake, PRIME Window Film, DAP Q&A and PPF Installation Advanced Training Q&A. For those that attended, which did you like the best? If you will be attending Dealer Conference 2018, what more would you like to see for the breakout sessions? Day 1 Guest Speakers Graham Rahal - Taking home his first national championship race car win at Road America in 2003 to standing in the winner’s circle at several recent Indy Car events, including a win at Texas Motor Speedway last year.   This 9 year veteran of Indy Car has competed at the highest level and is only getting better. Jared Guynes - Beginning his professional career in 2004 as a graphic artist, he first became a marketing director in 2007 before heading up advertising for the nation's largest Nissan dealership in 2009. In 2015 he created the workshop "Jared's Facebook Masters Class" which is an interactive workshop for small business owners to learn Facebook best practices. Jared’s social media endeavors are all about delivering results and not likes. Bill Leake - CEO of Apogee Results, draws on a deep expertise in both business and marketing to help increase revenues for a wide range of clients. He has been involved in driving provable revenues through Internet marketing techniques since the early 1990s when, as part of the management team at Power Computing, he built the first company to sell $1 million of product over the Internet. Day 2 Guest Speakers Bobby Bowden - Coach Bowden has amassed a record of 377 wins over his coaching career. Which places him in second for all-time among Division 1 coaches.  From 1987 to 2000 the Seminoles finished every season with at least 10 wins and in the top 5 of the Associated Press College Football Poll, and the Noles won the national championship in 1993 and 1999. He leads thru his faith, his values and given his coaching success he has a proven formula for success. Juan Barrera - His leadership and consistently excellent creative execution have brought him peer recognition and lead to over 60 awards. Receiving awards from institutions such as the Dallas Society of Visual Communications, The Art Director’s Club, the American Advertising Federation, American Design Awards and the International Association of Business Communicators. Manny Diotte - For over 20 years, Manny has been empowering companies and individuals to leave their mark on the world. He is an expert in performance in both professional and personal development.  He is a motivator, educator and cancer survivor.  Manny has delivered his message to over 3 million people and has helped a great many in overcoming their obstacles. Record Attendance When the team at XPEL heard that we were bringing back the Dealer Conference in 2017, everyone was beyond excited and couldn't wait to get to San Antonio. When the announcement went out worldwide, many of you shared the same excitement and passion for the upcoming annual conference.  After all the number crunching and registration was completed we were at an astonishing 125 attendees. Next year we expect to exceed that number and make the event bigger and better, in every way possible.   Around the Hotel and Dealer Conference We can't wait to see everyone next year for a bigger and better event! Without you, our Dealer Network, we wouldn't be where we are today. We strive to be the best company with the best customer service. Thank you for attending! XPEL Dealer Conference 2018 | February 2nd – 3rd |

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BMW X5M Meets Its Match at XPEL San Antonio

2016 BMW X5M - San Antonio XPEL Install Protected with XPEL ULTIMATE and PRIME XR Window Film This week in the shop we have this gorgeous 2016 BMW X5M, which boasts a mind blowing 567 horsepower. This is one of the coolest SUV’s that we’ve seen come in the shop lately. The owner knew the importance of protecting their pride and joy with XPEL. We didn’t stop at just our Clear bra aka Paint Protection Film, we also installed our XPEL PRIME Window film on the windows. The owner had all the windows on this powerful family hauler tinted with our PRIME XR nano-ceramic window film, which helps keep the vehicle cool during the summer and provides cabin privacy (click for more information about PRIME Window Film). Once the window film was completed, we started wrapping this German beauty with only the best, XPEL ULTIMATE clear bra. Installation begins on the 2016 BMW X5M When we begin the installation process, the first step is washing the vehicle. Once the vehicle is clean, the installers begin to use a clay bar to remove any surface contaminants on the vehicles paint. Contaminants can be industrial fallout, overspray, sap, etc. Once the vehicle is smooth and clean, our installers will wipe the surface down with isopropyl alcohol to ensure that any grease, wax, slime is removed before applying the clear bra. Now that the vehicle is fully prepped for the XPEL ULTIMATE paint protection film, the installers apply/spray XPEL Installation Gel onto the vehicle, which allows the film to float so they can align the pre-cut kits precisely before using their squeegee to lock the film in place. Once the installers have the film aligned correctly, they start squeegeeing the film into place, which bonds it to the vehicles paint. Finished Product Once the installers finish applying the clear paint protection film, they will inspect their work and make any final adjustments before sending the vehicle back to the customer. After the final quality check is complete, the film should be barely noticeable to the untrained eye. This is done by competent installers, accurate and precise pre-cut kits that allow for wrapped edges. Always ask your installer for wrapped edges where possible, meaning that the film is wrapped over the body panel. I.e. the film would have wrapped around the edges of the hood, so there wouldn’t be visible seams to collect dirt and dust. Most vehicles allow for the film to be wrapped, although some vehicles do not.   Installation Gallery   Completed Pictures    San Antonio XPEL Install Center If you live in the San Antonio area or surrounding areas, contact us today to get XPEL ULTIMATE installed. XPEL has been local owned and operated since 1997 in San Antonio. For more information about XPEL San Antonio, please contact or visit our shop. Address: 618 W. Sunset Rd, San Antonio, Texas, 78216 Website: www.XPEL.com Phone: 210-678-3700  What is XPEL ULTIMATE? XPEL ULTIMATE leads the industry with its clarity, durability, gloss retention and more. We stand behind our product 100%, so much that ULTIMATE has a 10-year warranty covering defects such as yellowing, cracking, staining, blistering and/or delaminating. Protecting your vehicle has many benefits, for example, it will help maintain your car’s factory finish, make your car easier to clean, help the resale value of your vehicle, all while it is being protected from every day driving. See our self-healing demonstration below   Click below to find an XPEL Installer nearest you:

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532 Horsepower, All Wheel Drive Tesla

2016 Tesla Model X P90D - Clear Auto Bra Wrapped with XPEL ULTIMATE by Clear Auto Bra We were recently in St. Louis shooting an XPEL Dealer Spotlight for one of our local installers, Clear Auto Bra. While shooting the spotlight, we decided to keep the cameras rolling and captured some installation videos of the cars they had in their shop that week. The vehicle featured in this weeks' blog is the Tesla Model X P90D. Tesla Model X P90D There are many special attributes the Model X P90D features, but which is your favorite? Zero-to-Sixty miles per hour in just 3.3 seconds 532 Horsepower with 713 lb-ft of Torque High-Tech cabin with Third-row seating The Falcon Wing Doors out of a sci-fi movie Tesla's Autopilot Semi-Autonomous Driving (optional) The owner of this all-electric, AWD, powerful family hauler wanted to keep this gorgeous Tesla paint in the best condition of its life. How did they accomplish that? He had Mark and his team at Clear Auto Bra wrap it with only the best, XPEL ULTIMATE self-healing paint protection film aka clear bra. With an estimate cash price at 120k, this P90D received the protection it deserved. ULTIMATE will help protect against rock chips, bug acids, bird droppings, fine scratches and swirl marks. This Tesla received the full front end treatment, meaning the whole front (full hood, fenders, front bumper, headlights, and mirrors) is wrapped in clear bra. To see the full installation video, please click below:  Clear Auto Bra If you live in the St. Louis area or surrounding areas, contact them today to get XPEL ULTIMATE installed. Our friends, Clear Auto Bra, have been locally owned and operated in the St. Louis area since 2001. For more information about Clear Auto Bra or to contact or visit the shop please see below, Address: 2328 Centerline Industrial Dr., Maryland Heights, MO 63146 Website: www.ClearAutoBra.com Phone: (314) 518-6111 Model X Installation Pictures  What is XPEL ULTIMATE? XPEL ULTIMATE leads the industry with its clarity, durability, gloss retention and more. We stand behind our product 100%, so much that ULTIMATE has a 10-year warranty covering defects such as yellowing, cracking, staining, blistering and/or delaminating. Protecting your vehicle has many benefits, for example, it will help maintain your car’s factory finish, make your car easier to clean, help the resale value of your vehicle, all while it is being protected from every day driving. See our self-healing demonstration below If you don't live in the St. Louis area, click below to find an XPEL Installer nearest you:  

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The Best Thing You’ll Never See

2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 - Clear Auto Bra Fully Wrapped with XPEL ULTIMATE We were recently in St. Louis shooting an XPEL Dealer Spotlight for one of our local installers, Clear Auto Bra. While shooting the spotlight, we decided to keep the cameras rolling and captured some installation videos of the cars they had in their shop that week. This week's blog features a Racing Yellow Porsche Cayman GT4, which is completely protected with XPEL ULTIMATE. Porsche Cayman GT4 Track Capable and Road Worthy, are two words that sum up the Porsche Cayman GT4. The naturally aspirated 3.8L, out of the previous gen 911 Carrera S, is placed right behind the seats, offering the vehicle better weight distribution by keeping the center mass near the center of the vehicle. It borrowed the front suspension and steering from its more powerful brother, the GT3. With a few more components such as adjustable sway bars, GT3 Brakes, 918 spyder carbon fiber seats, complete Alcantara interior, the new Cayman GT4 is without a doubt, a car to be reckoned with. Now, what do you do to help keep the exterior of this track beast in the best shape? You wrap the entire vehicle with XPEL ULTIMATE self-healing clear bra. Yes, you read right. The owner wrapped his entire GT4 with XPEL ULTIMATE paint protection film. With ULTIMATE you can drive worry free from rock chips, track rubber, bug acids, bird droppings and so much more. An added benefit of having your entire vehicle wrapped is ease of washing. The film is self-healing, which means swirl marks and fine scratches from automatic car washes, dirty towels, etc are a thing of the past. With a little heat from the sun, the little scratches that look like spider webs on the paint and film will dissipate over time. They didn't miss a square inch of this vehicle, the full hood, fenders, front bumper, headlights, mirrors, doors, rockers, a-pillars, roof, rear hatch, rear quarters and rear bumper are all protected with XPEL ULTIMATE. To watch the installation video from this vehicle, please see below: Clear Auto Bra If you live in the St. Louis area or surrounding areas, contact them today to get XPEL ULTIMATE installed. Our friends, Clear Auto Bra, have been locally owned and operated in the St. Louis area since 2001. For more information about Clear Auto Bra or to contact or visit the shop please see below, Address: 2328 Centerline Industrial Dr., Maryland Heights, MO 63146 Website: www.ClearAutoBra.com Phone: (314) 518-6111 GT4 Installation Pictures    What is XPEL ULTIMATE? XPEL ULTIMATE leads the industry with its clarity, durability, gloss retention and more. We stand behind our product 100%, so much that ULTIMATE has a 10-year warranty covering defects such as yellowing, cracking, staining, blistering and/or delaminating. Protecting your vehicle has many benefits, for example, it will help maintain your car’s factory finish, make your car easier to clean, help the resale value of your vehicle, all while it is being protected from every day driving. See our self-healing demonstration below If you don't live in the St. Louis area, click below to find an XPEL Installer nearest you: Stay tuned as we have one more video from Clear Auto Bra coming out soon, 2016 Tesla Model X P90D

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Good Things Come In Pairs

 GS and LX Lexus Twins - Clear Auto Bra Wrapped with XPEL ULTIMATE by Clear Auto Bra We were recently in St. Louis shooting an XPEL Dealer Spotlight for one of our local installers, Clear Auto Bra. While shooting the spotlight, we decided to keep the cameras rolling and captured some installation videos of the cars they had in their shop that week. The two vehicles featured in this weeks blog are both Lexus', please welcome the GS350 and LX570. Lexus GS350 The 2016 Lexus GS350 features extreme curves, crazy angles, large bulges, and that's just describing the front bumper. When we design our pre-cut kits, they're designed with our installers and customers in mind. This allows our factory trained installers to install the paint protection film with precision. The XPEL pre-cut kits provide ultimate coverage against rock/stone chips, road debris and more. When XPEL ULTIMATE is installed on your vehicle, it will be nearly invisible to the naked eye. With an MSRP starting at about $50k, having XPEL ULTIMATE installed on your ride is a no brainer. The owner of this GS350 had the entire front end of his Lexus protected. This includes the full hood, full fenders, front bumper, headlights, and mirrors. To watch the installation video from this vehicle, please see below: Lexus LX570 The LX570 is the large and in charge, 6000-pound, four-wheel-drive luxury SUV from Lexus. It features a 5.7L V8 monster that cranks out 383 horsepower. With a combined 15 miles per gallon, you can still get across town comfortably and conservatively with the power you need to get up and go. With an MSRP that begins at $88k, why wouldn't you want to protect this big beautiful ride? The owner of this LX570 knew the value in keeping his front end free from rock/stone chips. The car received a partial front end of XPEL ULTIMATE. This includes 24" up the hood, 24" up the fenders, front bumper, headlights, and mirrors. To watch the installation video from this vehicle, please see below:   Clear Auto Bra If you live in the St. Louis area or surrounding areas, contact them today to get XPEL ULTIMATE installed. Our friends, Clear Auto Bra, have been locally owned and operated in the St. Louis area since 2001. For more information about Clear Auto Bra or to contact or visit the shop please see below, Address: 2328 Centerline Industrial Dr., Maryland Heights, MO 63146 Website: www.ClearAutoBra.com Phone: (314) 518-6111 GS350 Installation Pictures LX570 Installation Pictures    What is XPEL ULTIMATE? XPEL ULTIMATE leads the industry with its clarity, durability, gloss retention and more. We stand behind our product 100%, so much that ULTIMATE has a 10-year warranty covering defects such as yellowing, cracking, staining, blistering and/or delaminating. Protecting your vehicle has many benefits, for example, it will help maintain your car’s factory finish, make your car easier to clean, help the resale value of your vehicle, all while it is being protected from every day driving. See our self-healing demonstration below If you don't live in the St. Louis area, click below to find an XPEL Installer nearest you: Stay tuned as we have a more videos from Clear Auto Bra coming out soon. Including a 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4, 2016 Tesla Model X P90D

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Fully XPEL Wrapped Supercharged 1967 Shelby GT500

  Shelby GT500 - Clear Auto Bra Edition Fully Wrapped by our friends, Clear Auto Bra We were recently in St. Louis shooting an XPEL Dealer Spotlight for one of our local installers, Clear Auto Bra. While shooting the spotlight, we decided to keep the cameras rolling and captured amazing installation videos of the cars they had in their shop. One of those great cars is this beautiful 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500. Do you remember the Sesame Street tune, "One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just doesn't belong"? In this instance, a '67 featuring a 5.4 Liter Supercharged V8 completely belongs. You may be wondering what a big, modern, supercharged motor is doing in an old classic vehicle? The owner had a few "minor" modifications done, and boy, does she purr. After this exquisite build was complete with the beautiful new motor and amazing paint job, they took her straight to Mark and his team at Clear Auto Bra. Over the course of a few days, they fully wrapped this American Muscle with XPEL ULTIMATE self-healing paint protection film, aka Clear Bra. Every panel on this classic car is now protected for the road, helping keep it free from rock chips, bug damage and much more. While this may not be the "Eleanor" Mustang made famous by the movie, Gone In 60 Seconds, it's prepared for anything the streets are ready to throw at it with its new second skin made of clear bra. The installation process is certainly a sight to see, to watch the installation video, please see below: Clear Auto Bra If you live in the St. Louis area or surrounding areas, contact them today to get XPEL ULTIMATE installed. Our friends, Clear Auto Bra, have been locally owned and operated in the St. Louis area since 2001. For more information about Clear Auto Bra or to contact or visit the shop please see below, Address: 2328 Centerline Industrial Dr., Maryland Heights, MO 63146 Website: www.ClearAutoBra.com Phone: (314) 518-6111 Installation Pictures    What is XPEL ULTIMATE? XPEL ULTIMATE leads the industry with its clarity, durability, gloss retention and more. We stand behind our product 100%, so much that ULTIMATE has a 10-year warranty covering defects such as yellowing, cracking, staining, blistering and/or delaminating. Protecting your vehicle has many benefits, for example, it will help maintain your car’s factory finish, make your car easier to clean, help the resale value of your vehicle, all while it is being protected from every day driving. See our self-healing demonstration below If you don't live in the St. Louis area, click below to find an XPEL Installer nearest you: Stay tuned as we have a more videos from Clear Auto Bra coming out soon. Including a 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4, 2016 Tesla Model X P90D, 2016 Lexus LX570, 2016 Lexus GS350

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XPEL and The SEMA Show, a Perfect Match

XPEL and The SEMA Show, a Perfect Match SEMA 2016 If you could sum the amazing experience of The SEMA Show into one word, what would it be? Some words that come to mind are amazing, breathtaking, phenomenal and that's just the start. This year at the holy land of everything automotive, located in the heart of Sin City, we debuted not 1, not 2, but 3 fully XPEL ULTIMATE wrapped vehicles. They ranged from hypercars to limited production run cars. We featured 3 of our paint protection films at SEMA this year, ULTIMATE, STEALTH and ULTIMATE COLOUR, all which are made from XPEL ULTIMATE paint protection film. We also featured our PRIME window films, to help keep these hot cars, cool under pressure. ULTIMATE is our clear paint protection film, STEALTH is our satin-finish clear bra and ULTIMATE COLOUR is our colored paint protection film. For more details about what each vehicle featured, please read below. Graham Rahal's Ferrari F12 TDF We had none other than Graham Rahal's Ferrari F12 TDF, which is wrapped with XPEL ULTIMATE self-healing paint protection film and much more. Have you heard of Graham Rahal? If not, you may recognize his name from the IndyCar Series. He currently participates in the IndyCar Series with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, a team part-owned by his father Bobby Rahal, the winner of the 1986 Indianapolis 500. We were thrilled when we were asked to have Graham Rahal's vehicle in our booth this year and we wrapped his entire F12 TDF with XPEL ULTIMATE paint protection film. We had a chance to talk with Graham Rahal, and had a short question and answer session with him, check it out at the end of the blog! To learn more about Graham and his race team, please visit GrahamRahal.com. Porsche 918 Spyder and Porsche 911 R We had two amazing Porsche's in the booth this year, the first was the Porsche 918 Spyder and the second was the Porsche 911 R. Both of these P Cars featured XPEL ULTIMATE clear bra, ULTIMATE COLOUR, and the windows featured our PRIME  XR window film. You may know of the Porsche 918 Spyder, but have you seen the new 911 R? Many publications call it the Purists Porsche, and most won't be able to purchase one. Porsche is only making 991 examples of the 911 R, which pays homage to the current 911's generation code. This is the 911 your parents wish they had, a 500 horsepower, 4.0 liter naturally aspirated flat-six with best of all, a six-speed manual gearbox. Ironically enough, if you were lucky enough to purchase one of the Porsche 918 Spyders, you were automatically included in the pre-purchase program for the 911 R. Talk about exclusivity at it's finest.   Let's not forget about the beautiful hypercar, the Porsche 918 Spyder. This is the worthy successor to the amazing Carrera GT supercar, and...it's a hybrid! The mid-mounted V-8 and electric motors pump this beast up to 887 horsepower and 944 lb-ft of torque, all which would not be possible without the seven-speed PDK transmission. When have you seen a hybrid look this good? We'll answer that for you, never. Car and Driver said it best, With two different types of electric motors spinning at two different speeds, a gas V-8, and Porsche’s seven-speed dual clutch gearbox all operating in concert, this is among the most sophisticated powertrains on the road. But occupants feel no transition of power flow between motors and engine. To the end user, it simply feels incredibly fast and unbelievably seamless. Check out some of our favorite pictures from The SEMA Show  That isn't all, folks! If you didn't get a chance to stop by the Ford Booth or the outside lot, we had a brand new Ford Focus RS that we STEALTH wrapped for Roush at their Roush headquarters, which made its debut at SEMA in the Ford booth. Outside, we had a Polaris RZR 1000 UTV that is also fully wrapped with XPEL ULTIMATE self-healing paint protection film. Ford Motor Company Focus RS Ryan Hanna, an XPEL Trainer from XPEL HQ went to Roush Headquarters to wrap this beautiful Ford Focus RS. This RS has XPEL STEALTH applied to the entire vehicle, which gives it a satin-finish effect. STEALTH can be used to transform your glossy paint to a satin-finish. STEALTH can also protect your matte paint from rock chips, road debris and much more. We were honored when Roush contacted us and asked us to wrap one of their vehicles that would be on display at The SEMA Show. Polaris RZR 1000 Utility Task Vehicle Some say it's the most fun you'll have on 4 wheels in the off-road market, others love the ruggedness and off-road carving suspension and tires. We love everything about this rig, from the big suspension to the meaty tires, all the way down to the exterior wrap. The Avery Dennison Vinyl is protected with XPEL ULTIMATE clear bra. The RZR features XPEL ULTIMATE on the full front end, full sides, roll bars and the roof! The film helps keep this off-road beast clean and free from rock chips and damage from the mud and everything the off-road courses throw at it. The LED Light Bar features our Light Bar Protection Kit, which is available for purchase on our website, here. Although this offroad beast has aftermarket headlights (which are protected with XPEL ULTIMATE), we have our UTV Headlight Kit available for purchase on our website, here. “We applied our XPEL ULTIMATE film over a colorful wrap to protect the branding on my Polaris RZR 1000XP body parts,” explained Aguilera. “Next, we contacted Vision X, which outfitted us with all their latest LED lights, including their new RZR headlights, to test our XPEL Paint Protection Film. We had great results from the testing, including zero light output loss.”    - Dewey Aguilera, XPEL SoCal Rep   Q and A with Graham Rahal We had a chance to talk with Graham Rahal, and had a short question and answer session with him. Without further ado, we present the Q and A with Graham Rahal. Question: What made you consider Paint Protection Film? Answer:  I always love having my cars perfectly protected. I am very OCD, and my cars are truly my pride and joy. While I love owning cars, I do not own anything I cannot drive and use. XPEL's paint protection film allows me to drive all my cars without worrying about wear and tear caused by normal everyday street use. Question: How many cars have you protected with Paint Protection Film (Clear Bra) Answer:  I think by now, probably 20-30 cars. I tend to do it on every car I own, whether it's my F12 TDF or my Ford truck. Everything deserves being treated and cared for in order to keep them in great condition! Question: Why did you choose XPEL over other brands? Answer:  XPEL has proven to be the great quality product and has given me zero issues over time. It's resilient, and the product stays very strong and consistent over many washes and lots of use! Question: Would you recommend XPEL to a friend or family member? Answer:  Always have, and always will. The Rahal family all use XPEL and its something I am pushing harder into our dealerships to help provide that same durability and protection to our customers. What is XPEL ULTIMATE? XPEL ULTIMATE leads the industry with its clarity, durability, gloss retention and more. We stand behind our product 100%, so much that ULTIMATE has a 10-year warranty. The warranty covering defects such as yellowing, cracking, staining, blistering and/or delaminating. Protecting your vehicle has many benefits, for example, it will help maintain your car’s factory finish, make your car easier to clean, help the resale value of your vehicle, all while it is being protected from every day driving. See our self-healing demonstration below   Click below to find an XPEL Installer nearest you:    

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