Turnkey Jeeping: "Unique Rides" Takes on the Wrangler - DrivingLine.com

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Every auto enthusiast wants to make their ride stand out from the pack, but not everyone has the skillset to make it happen on their own. Thankfully, there are ways of getting a vehicle all-your-own without needing to put in the sweat equity. One man that has made a name for himself in personalizing virtually every type of ride is Will Castro. Currently, the talented car builder and TV personality is launching his second season of "Unique Rides," which airs on the Velocity Channel.

While most of you may know "Unique Rides" for pumping out one-of-kind Lamborghinis and high-end cars for celebrities, the shop has expanded its portfolio into more rugged territory with the Unique Special Edition by Will Castro Designs Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. We got an exclusive look at the turnkey Unique Special, and as you would expect, this 2016 Sahara is far beyond your run-of-the-mill Wrangler.

Will Castro Designs

For starters, the stock 3.6L V6 received a significant power jump thanks to supercharger from ProCharger. The new grille is from DV8 Off-Road, which is complemented by a set of Oracle Lighting headlights.

Will Castro Designs, Nitto Jeep

The added power meant the JK would have no trouble turning over the 35x12.50R20 Nitto Ridge Grapplers. The dynamic on- and off-road tread set was paired with an equally impactful set of 20-inch wheels from Grid Off-Road.

Will Castro Designs, ICON shocks

To clear the new wheels and ensure the Wrangler had the right performance and comfort for every terrain, a 3-inch lift from ICON Vehicle Dynamics was installed. This particular system is the Stage 2 kit from ICON, which fits the Jeep with dual rate coils springs and JK-specific remote-reservoir ICON shocks.

Will Castro Designs, Icon Shocks

Body protection comes by way of set of DV8 bumpers and rock sliders. The touches of red accents run throughout the inside and out of the Sahara.

Will Castro Designs, Driveline

Speaking of the interior, it was set off with custom leather seats from Alea Leathers and floor mats from Rugged Ridge. Of course, it needed a boost in sound and technology, so a JBL Legend CP100 was added.

Will Castro Designs, Alea Leathers

Check out more detail in the photos below, and be sure to see more of Will’s creations on "Unique Rides" on the Velocity Channel.

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Jason Derulo’s car gets a big old makeover

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Everyone will be green with envy over Jason Derulo‘s new car.

In Velocity’s new series “Unique Rides,” the singer’s red Cadillac gets a bold new look that includes a dark green paint job, new wheels and an entirely new interior with hand-stitched detailing.



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Car customizer to the stars - Newsday

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We love our cars, but if the plethora of reality shows about customized vehicles is any indication, we also love to pimp our rides — to paraphrase the title of one early such series. And now comes the latest: Velocity’s “Unique Rides,” premiering Tuesday night at 9, spotlighting the Smithtown custom-car company Will Castro Designs.

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World Premieres Tuesday, February 2 at 9 PM ET/PT

In each episode of UNIQUE RIDES, Will’s talents as a business owner, designer, fabricator and innovator are on display as he and Team Unique unite style, stunning visuals and impeccable craftsmanship into ever vehicle they create. He turns ordinary autos into extraordinary four-wheeled works of art by drawing from years of design experience collaborating with several major manufacturers including Mercedes, Cadillac, Lincoln, General Motors, Pontiac and Nissan. UNIQUE RIDES showcases their amazing process – from design and tear down to the build and reveal – as Castro and his team deliver on the dreams of their discerning clientele.

Season one of UNIQUE RIDES beginning Tuesday, February 2 at 9 PM ET/PT on Velocity features a number of top entertainers and professional athletes who’ve turned to Will for one-of-a-kind automobile designs and builds. Appearing this season are:

  • Singer, songwriter and dancer Jason Derulo;
  • F.L. Pro Bowl wider receiver Odell Beckham, Jr.;
  • B.A. star and N.Y. Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony;
  • Popular singer and songwriter Austin Mahone;
  • GRAMMY Award Nominated hip-hop artist Busta Rhymes;
  • Actor, comedian, producer and screenwriter John Leguizamo;
  • Professional boxer and former WBO middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin; and more.
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