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There's a pretty healthy argument to be made for leaving the styling of your Pontiac Solstice alone. It did end up in production virtually off the show floor, as evidenced by the cockpit's spaciousness and spectacular materials (hint: saracasm). But there's always at least one person who's not content to leave well enough alone. Luckily, Mr. Paul MadMods seems to have what's known in the biz as mad skillz. What that means is he has a way of working with his hands in a painstaking manner to turn out customized cars that don't scream "HACK JOB!"

Aesthetics, however, are another whole thing, and we're sure that this choice of colors and body mods won't sit well with everyone, but you have to give the guy credit, it's all nicely done. We also have to give props for not creating a full-on Ferrari replica. Paul states that his intent was just to incorporate cool cues from cars that he sees. Thus, his Solstice wears an F430 nose, Porsche Cayman side intakes serving as extractors in the front quarters, tons of custom electronics and a snarling custom turbo installation, too. It's pretty amazing to see how much like a kit car the Solstice actually is. It's not the most comfortable little mini-'Vette, but it's well engineered platform-wise. After seeing how easily the Solstice takes to wrenching, we want one of our own to trick out. When we need an F430 nose, we know who to call.

Thanks for the tip, Aman!

[Source: CarDomain via KitCarsForum]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Just looks like a Honda S2000 now. Ugly!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Props for the original wheels and having the guts to elevate the Sol to a new level, inside and out. The F430 front rocks! Glad to hear the issues with the paint have been taken care of. I bet their will be plenty of people praisin' this car's mad mods at HIN... me included.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Someone should be shot for this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like it. Just need the final touches worked out. Any links to new pictures? Tony @westcoastcustoms
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice job Madmods. Your originality has to be commended and for you having the guts to do it. Although I may have not gone nearly as far as you as I appreciate the original lines of the car, I admire your talent in bringing this together.

      Kudos to you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would hardly call this mod "nicely done". The colors clearly don't match up, the part breaks look really inconsistent (read: huge gaps and misaligned), and the interior looks dopey. What's with the gauge pod on the passenger side with the hokey tacked on pod? Barf.
      • 7 Years Ago
      @ The owner of this hideous car.

      I do hope you've done something to this car since the photos were taken, it needed it.

      You may be "blowing" past Porsches in your car, but atleast they dont have Solstice bumpers or tasteless interiors.

      And believe me we would be better off just seeing a yellow blur.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh my God! what did they do to that poor car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I own the car, and you are looking at very old pictures.
      The car was resprayed
      in october. I have just not posted any new pics. There have been a number of changes done as I have picked up new sponsors for the new HIN car show season. I have continued working on getting more HP from the motor. I should be at about 350 hp at the moment. I have been having fun killing 350z's and porsches in my area. If you non-solstice guys see a yellow blur, its probably me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ha! I own a Z car and I still say that Soltice looks like a "cheese burger"...lol

        J/K man...I think the exterior is baddass, but the interior is, well _____ *ahem*..
        and how in the world were you able to get over 300hp out of a four banger?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I like the car. This forum is unlikely to complement anyones homebuilt efforts as most people here are only computer geeks and don't know a wrench from a prybar. I have built hotrods for 50 years, and appreciate the stylistic independance, and satisfaction of having "made my own". I think the front styling of the car is a great improvement from the stock Solstice, and the mechanical upgrades certainly will improve what is marginal performance as manufactured. Hats off to you, and tell the brats to f*** off.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @bling bling boy


        Out of the ecotec engine, 300 hp is modest with modding

        you can EASILY get them up to 500 hp
      • 7 Years Ago
      If anything, the Solstice is overstyled to begin with.

      This is awful.
      • 7 Years Ago
      First mistake....Chrome Yellow. Need to give it ten years to die out and become popular again. I'm no body mod major, but damn, he couldn't get those seams to marry-up a little better. Those rims *swallows own vomit* aweful.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ugly, and they need to fire whoever it is that mixed their paint. None of the new pieces match the original color.
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