Mazda2 B-Spec Racecar Build

Phase 3: The Roll Cage and Wrap

With spring closing in, the Mazda 2 is making speedy progress to its completion. With all the performance modifications done and the interior completely removed we are ready to move onto phase three, the wrap and cage.
Designing and installing a roll cage is not a very simple task. To save us time and one massive headache we left it to the experts at S-Box Engineering to design the Mazda 2′s roll cage.

Mazda2 B-Spec Racecar Build

Phase 2: The Diet

If you’ve been following our blog, you know that we have teamed up with Morrie’s Minnetonka Mazda to build a Mazda2 B-Spec racecar for one of our loyal clients. To read about the racecar build from the beginning, check out our phase 1 blog post.

Since its mechanical makeover, our project B-Spec Mazda 2 has since been on a weight loss regimen. With the last encounter, the Mazda 2 had a full mechanical makeover to fulfill SCCA requirements in the performance aspect of things. The next part of this adventure takes us to the diet.

Weight plays a key factor with any vehicles performance. When designing new vehicles, many manufactures and engineers struggle with finding new ways to make cars lighter. It plagues engine performance, efficiency, and handling. In racing, it also has the same negative effects. Since we are working on a production vehicle and need to comply with SCCA guidelines for showroom stock, the only way to lose weight is to pitch things we don’t need (which is pretty much everything inside the 2).

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Twin Cities Luxury Auto Visits the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Attending a major US auto show is something that every auto enthusiast needs to do before he dies. The shows in LA, Detroit and New York completely blow away shows like we have here in Minneapolis. These shows are the only places where you can see the latest and greatest offerings from the brands we sell — Bentley and Maserati. We were fortunate enough to attend the 2013 Detroit Auto show earlier this week and can say with confidence that Maserati and Bentley did not disappoint. Continue reading for full details plus images of other exciting new cars at the show.

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A TCLA Holiday Surprise

Here at Twin Cities Luxury Auto we strive for perfection and aim to deliver exceptional customer service. Recently, our Sales Associate KG had the opportunity to do something special for one of his clients. Patrick was a previous customer of TCLA who decided he wanted to surprise his wife Sarah with her new vehicle so he decided to reach out to KG again. After finding the perfect vehicle for Sarah, KG set up a secret delivery by coordinating with her husband. KG met Patrick at Sarah’s workplace and parked the vehicle out back.

2008 Cadillac Escalade

You can imagine the surprise that ensued when she walked outside to find her new car sitting there, decorated with a bow on top. Sarah says that it was one of the best surprises of her life and she was clearly pleased will the customer service that KG provided. To read Sarah’s blog post about the surprise click here.

We are lucky to have such wonderful staff members on board here at Twin Cities Luxury Auto and we hope that you find your experience to be just as impressive as Sarah did.

An Artful Event – TCLA at Motto

Motto Minneapolis

Motto, the unique clothing boutique in Uptown Minneapolis, recently held an event to celebrate the success of their business. Twin Cities Luxury Auto was pleased to be in attendance for this celebration. It seemed only appropriate to travel to this event in the Rosso Mondiale Maserati GranTurismo MC .

Rosso Mondiale Maserati GranTurismo MC

The vehicle attracted a lot of attention and people walking by had the opportunity to snap a few photos. Shop owners Maria and Maryn were very pleased with the turnout of the event and we were so happy to be able to share the experience with them. Check out this beautiful Maserati here. To learn more about Motto visit their website

Motto Minneapolis

Meet Riccardo De Santis!

Meet Riccardo De Santis. Riccardo grew up in Rome, Italy and has been a technician for over 20 years. He has always had a special place in his heart for all things Ferrari. He previously worked as a gearbox specialist for the Ferrari race team in Modena Maranello, Italy for three years. Following his job with Ferrari he opened up his own repair and maintenance shop where he worked on mostly European cars. Four years later he moved to the United States and began working here at TCLA.

Twin Cities Luxury Auto Employee

He recently had the opportunity to work on two gorgeous Italian cars, a 2012 Lamborghini Aventador and a 2001 Ferrari 360 Spider, both belonging to a loyal TCLA client. The maintenance he performed on the cars was routine, it included a full synthetic oil service, fluid level/condition check, and a visual inspection of the braking and safety systems to ensure nothing further needed to be addressed. Check out the photo to get a quick look at Riccardo with the vehicles he was lucky enough to work on.

2012 Lamborghini Aventador and 2001 Ferrari 360 Spider

Riccardo is a joy to work with and we are proud to have him on our team here at Twin Cities Luxury Auto. We hope to bring you more about him in the future.