Now satisfied with his car's ass-kicking abilities, it was time for Viet to work on the visual impact. He decided on a bespoke body kit and heard a lot of good things about Auto Explosion in Gardena, Calif. After analyzing the stock design and figuring out what needed to change, what needed to stay and what would present a problem, they were ready to begin the custom transformation. Although the stock color was retained, a layer of PPG blue pearl clearcoat was added to create a unique appearance. He also dressed up the engine bay with highly polished parts for everything possible.

During this time, Viet was busy taking care of other aspects of the vehicle. The interior remained fairly stock, except for some high-quality suede upholstery and an impressive sound system. For the suspension, HKS coilovers were imported from Japan, the rear bars were custom-sized GT Spec pieces and the endlinks are from SPL. The 22-inch HRE Performance 648R wheels also needed to be reworked to fill the widebody kit. A whole assortment of modifications were ready to be installed once the car was given a green light from the body shop. Viet hoped everything would fit without much hassle, although he knew he'd at least need a new exhaust to allow for the shorter rear bumper.

After 10 weeks of constant work and rattled nerves, the FX emerged from Auto Explosion as a drastically different animal-just in time to be entered into the summer auto shows. Immediately the car was a raging success and has taken home over a dozen wins to date, ranging from Infiniti-specific events to multiple Hot Import Nights competitions. All the while, it remains his everyday car, with a daily commute of nearly 100 miles.

Viet says this would never have been possible had it not been for his friends and online communities, and is especially grateful for www.infinitiscene.com, www.g35driver.com and www.my350z.com. He says that this is the most powerful FX to spin a dyno, as well as the one with the fastest timeslips. Sounds like a challenge...

2005 Infiniti FX35
Power Output: 507 Hp & 480 Lb-Ft Of Torque

Engine/Drivetrain
Jwt 700 Twin Turbo System (Garrett Gt28 Turbo-Chargers)
Jwt Twin Front-Mount Intercoolers
Jwt C2 Camshafts
Jwt Valvetrain
Jwt Oil Pan Spacer
Pauter Connecting Rods
Arias 8.5:1 Pistons
Arp Mounting Hardware
Unorthodox Racing Aluminum Pullies
Fluidampr Harmonic Crank Pulley
Motordyne Engineering Mrev2 Lower Collector
Pwr 56mm High-Capacity Radiator
Gt Motorsports Aluminum Radiator
Shroud/Elec. Fan
Circuit Sport Aluminum Coolant Reservoir
Cusco 9mm Oil Catch Can
Earl's External Oil Cooler
Earl's External Transmission Fluid Cooler
Aps Tallboy Upper Plenum
Aps 2.5-Inch Test Pipes
Greddy Evo Tt 70mm Exhaust
Walbro 255lph Fuel Pump
Nismo 555cc Fuel Injectors
Hks Twin Power Dli-Ii Ignition Amplifier
Ngk 1 Step Colder Iridium Spark Plugs
Split Second Engine Management
Technosquare L-Spec Ecu Flash
Greddy Prophecy B Spec Ii Boost Controller
Level 10 Performance High-Friction Transmission Internals
Edge Racing High Stall Torque Converter
Forged Performance Modified Valve Body
Nissan 3.7 Final Drive

Chassis / Suspension
Hks S Style F/R Coil Over System
Universal Air Suspension F/R Air Ride System
H&R Sport Springs (Drag)
Stiller Strut Tower Brace
Nissan Sway Bar (Awd Spec)
Spc Rear Toe Bolt Kit
Spc Rear Camber Kit (Custom Fit)
Spl Endlinks (350z)
Gt Spec Rear Lateral Bar (Custom Fit)
Gt Spec Rear Chassis Brace (Custom Fit)