In the 1990s and early 2000s, the name VeilSide was synonymous with aggressive aero kits and astronomical prices. Born in Japan in 1990, the company established itself by setting records with the Skyline GT-R and late '80s Supra. What started as a group aiming to tune Japan's finest performance vehicles eventually began designing and producing their own aero kits.
VeilSide's wild designs featured sharp edges and large grill opening treatments that seemed to be shocking at first, but soon caught on worldwide as the company progressed and began offering more signature aero kits. VeilSide became so popular that at the height of its popularity, knock-off companies were producing numerous "VeilSide-style" kits across the globe. Many used inferior materials that in no way matched the high-quality product offered by the real company.
In an effort to continue expanding its product options and grow its business, VeilSide began offering its own line of wheels in the '90s dubbed "VeilSide Andrew Racing Wheels." 18-, 19- and 20-inch designs were available and intended to fit the contours of their aero kits. Known for carrying a hefty price tag, the VeilSide Fortune aero kit served as its crown jewel, recognized for being both expensive and extensive. The multi-piece kit essentially replaces or modifies every body panel, sans the roof, and can run as high as $15,000, depending on the application. With multiple appearances in the "Fast and Furious" movie franchise, including the famed Fortune-kitted RX-7, the VeilSide name became an international sensation.
In 2005 I was asked to snap some photos of a 350Z from Art N Motion, outfitted with an authentic VeilSide Version 3 wide-body kit, suspension and Andrew Baccarat 20-inch wheels. Smothered in an eye-searing orange with black contrasting bits, the car drew unbelievable attention as we traveled through the waterfront area of Long Beach, Calif. Here are a few photos from that day.
Behind the Build
2003 Nissan 350Z
Engine Vortech supercharger; VeilSide stainless steel exhaust, ECU upgrade
Suspension VeilSide coilovers
Braking Stoptech big brake kit
Wheels VeilSide Andrew Baccarat 20in wheels; wheel faces custom painted by VeilSide
Exterior Custom orange/black paint scheme; VeilSide Version 3 widebody kit, carbon fiber hood, wing
Interior Sparco seats