When he decided to maneuver his talents to the American muscle car industry and create the Black Widow Ford Mustang body kit, Ford Motors took notice and was impressed by Ivan’s creativity. Ford Motors gave two project cars for him to build and market. The first one was the Ford Focus and Ford F-150. Ivan would create a body kit design to help promote their latest model vehicles.
His Ford Focus design won Ford Choice Awards at the SEMA convention in 2003. After closing down and with a recession kicking in Ivan was out of the car industry for about 7 years but not for good. In the summer of 2013 he completed his wide body kit design for the BMW Z4 and debut it at the 2014 SEMA Convention. It was overwhelming over looked with thousands of attendees passing it by with absolutely zero interest.
It became very clear to Ivan that 2014 was not the year for the BMW Z4 but it was the year for the new model of the Chevy Corvette’s Z06 and Stingray!
While walking the SEMA convention Ivan took note of some new Corvette feature vehicles with wide body kits and said to himself, “This is right up my alley, it’s what I’m known for since my 1988 CRX Wide Body Limited Edition design” It got featured in 9 National Aftermarket Auto Magazines and 6 of them were covers!
Ivan got straight to work! He started on his renderings now he just needed a Corvette!
He partnered up with longtime friend Bob Matias and formed a new company Ivan Tampi Customs. ITC purchased a brand new 2016 Shark Grey Stingray in September 2015, Ivan had less than 4 weeks to turn his renderings into his wide body kit design and make it to SEMA, the largest aftermarket auto trade convention in the world!
No longer were the days of eye balling the measurements for Ivan’s kits. He wanted it made in Carbon Fiber with accuracy and precision! With the new technology, we knew it is possible.
We sourced the materials and technology needed to make Ivan’s new wide body Corvette design, and with Ivan hard at work on the physical aspects it was all coming together perfectly.
He had to make the plugs plus make the parts and pull the stock Corvette bumpers off and install his new design all while shaping and perfecting the fit, put all the trimmings, bolts etc., get it painted and get it to Las Vegas all in one piece!
All this hard work was to be accomplished by him and only him! No crew, no team, just Ivan and his magic hands!
Ivan Tampi Customs debut the XIK Wide Body Kit at the 2015 SEMA Las Vegas show as a feature vehicle.