Peter Tran’s Unique 2018 Tesla Model 3
Commuting can really wear a person out. Day in and day out, putting in miles to and from work, driving around town to errands, then back home just to repeat it all again the next day. What could make all those things worse you ask? Paying for the gas it takes to do it all, especially when you happen to be purchasing that gas in California. Standard gas is over $5.00 a gallon right now in the Golden State, so any commute can become an expensive way to live. These are some of the biggest reasons that Peter Tran decided to buy his Tesla Model 3. Being able to cut gas prices completely out of his equation, it really helped out in his daily life.
Peter, like most of us, does not want to drive a car that blends in with the rest of the world. He wanted different, special, and one of a kind. He did not want to own just another Tesla in a California parking lot.
However, Peter, like most of us, does not want to drive a car that blends in with the rest of the world. He wanted different, special, and one of a kind. He did not want to own just another Tesla in a California parking lot.
How can someone achieve that you ask? Well, let us explain the process it took to stand out from the crowd. Let’s start with the ride height. No one likes wheel gap. There is a reason you do not see any Tesla’s rolling around on 33×12-inch billets, so on the ground is the only way to do it.
Very few people take enjoyment in the stress of driving low on coilovers. The static-height scraping, front-lip destroying rough ride, and considerable stress that can come with it, was not for Peter, so bags were the way to go. Getting a full Airlift suspension kit front to back, as well as Airlift 3H air management for controlling it all provided all the ease of use a driver could ask for from a modified car. From the smooth ride it provides to height presets and monitoring his corner to corner PSI, it was the only choice as far as he was concerned.
Now for the other details of the exterior. To make sure it never looks stock, first up for installation was a full Vorsteiner body kit. This kit gives a little extra attitude and flare to just about every side and corner of the whole car, really “sports” it up also for lack of a better term.
As seen in the shoot in front of you, Peter’s Tesla was fully wrapped in a color named Super Gloss Metallic Midnight Gold. There is a lot of depth to the color and depending on the time of day or even shadows, the car can look very different angle to angle.
When asked if he has advice for people who may want to try and replicate a build like is, he said this, “Buy nice or buy twice.” (and we could not agree more!)
There was no stopping there though. To finish setting off that look, a staggered set of aggressive spec RSV Forged 20-inch wheels were fitted and aligned into place. The staggered depths and custom offsets provided perfect fitment while driving or when laid out flat.
There are a few more changes to this Model 3, but we will let you try and spot them and consult the tech sheet if you cannot track them down yourself. When asked if he has advice for people who may want to try and replicate a build like is, Peter said this: “Buy nice or buy twice.” (and we could not agree more!)
Peter wants to give a special shout out to his sponsors: Rad Rides, Airlift, Adams Polish, RSV Forged, VIP Modular, ESD, Levvel Air, Mai Mobile Tint, and 1Clear Bra.
More to Come from Peter
Peter already has some other builds in the works, EV and gas powered, so keep your eyes peeled to our various publications and you may just run into a few of the others sooner than you think!
- Location: Orange County, CA
- Year, Make, Model: 2018 Tesla M3
- Instagram: @teslaveer
- Club Affiliation: Rad Rides and Ruined Tesla
- Overall Vehicle Weight: 3600 lbs
- Amount of Time to Build: over time 2 years
- Occupation: Media Marketing
Motor / Drivetrain
- Horsepower/Kilowatt-hours: 367 HP
- 1⁄4 mile time: 12.2 sec
- Installation Shop: Rad Rides
- Lift/Lowering Kit: AirLift
- Rear Suspension Setup: AirLift
- Control Arms: MPP
- Air Ride System: AirLift
- Air Management System: 3H AirLift
- Shocks: AirLift
Wheels, Tires & Brakes
- Front Wheel Brand, Size, Width, Backspacing: RSV Forged 20×9.5
- Tire Brand: Hankook
- Rear Wheel Brand, Size, Width, Backspacing: RSV Forged 20×10.5
- Rear Tire Brand: Hankook
- Vinyl Wrap Color: Super Gloss Metallic Midnight Gold
- Wrap installed by: Templar
- Bumpers: Vorsteiner
- Body Mods: Full Vorsteiner kit
- Headlights: OSS Design
- Install Shop: Rad Rides
- Custom painted dash: Electric Speed Design