Whether or not you support the EV movement that has dominated automotive news in recent years,
things are changing, and fast. What was once considered an alternative is slowly becoming the norm.
For CJ, the jump from gas to electricity was something he did happily without hesitation when he got
his hands on this Tesla Model 3 in 2018.
passion for architecture
During his college days, CJ drove a BMW 328i to and from Long Beach, where he started tinkering and soon realized he had a passion for customization. That car will soon be swapped out for an E36 M3 with an Active Autowerke supercharger kit, followed by a tech-tuned turbo kit to build a very complete and competitive show-grade M3.
Construction of the M3 would take a few years, but the industry’s shift to electrification caught CJ’s attention and wanting to jump into the EV wave early, he chose this Model 3. He added, “From the outset, the vision was to create a full-fledged show car, and over the next two years, modifications began to ramp up rapidly.”
Chances are if you spot a Tesla on the road, it’s likely to be wrapped in matte black vinyl with even the slightest modification (that’s the science). Instead, CJ opted for TinyBot’s Gloss Laser Slip Snowstorm Blue. The long name can be described as light blue in some ways, and it appears to capture and modify any type of light that shines along its surface, giving off a rainbow effect, depending on how it’s viewed.
Pull open any of the Model 3 doors and you’ll find more vinyl, though the window sills use a riveted metal theme that contrasts with the marshmallow exterior and white interior, giving off a Mad Max vibe. Next to those cleverly covered door frames are HRE’s three-piece, 20×10.5 forged 540s at the rear and a set of staggered 9.5s at the front. Once the Air Lift Performance 3H system was commanded close to concrete, the car’s fenders nearly kissed the outer lip of the wheel. Oversized Brembo 6-piston calipers in custom tint can be seen between the 540 spokes.
The Tesla Model 3 has full aerodynamic modifications, lip kits, and even widebody options, but none have the kind of research and precision that ADRO (Aerodynamic Development Race Optimized) pre-preg carbon fiber combos do. If you’re fully versed in the KDM aftermarket (Kia, Hyundai/Genesis), then you know ADRO. Originally Dongwan Yoo and Sean Yoon met and shared an interest in performance and racing aesthetics, and soon the pair developed custom aero parts as a hobby. With the increasing demand for their custom products, they co-founded ADRO in 2020 and opened up the product line to include other models including Tesla.
ADRO CEO Dongwan Yoo has over 15 years of experience tuning carbon fiber aerodynamics. You may remember Hyundai’s RM15 concept car, which debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show and made quite a splash in the Race N-branded livery on CFRP panels. That was a project Yoo took on to create a one-off carbon fiber body kit.
CTO Sean Yoon holds a Master’s degree in Racing Aerodynamics from the University of Southampton and
a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from KAIST University. Before the collapse of Lehman Brothers, he was preparing to join Ferrari’s F1 work as an aerodynamics expert, but instead partnered with tech giants such as LG Electronics and helped pioneer automatic content recognition technology, most recently by leading ADRO in line with his passion for cars Aerodynamics team.
The team includes Chief Design Officer Davis Lee, who has received considerable recognition for his
Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 design and his work with the CLS, S-Class, and Hyundai Ioniq 5. Ten years of OEM design experience and a willingness to make an impact in the aftermarket with stylish designs brought Lee to ADRO.
What the team designed for the Model 3 is a complete high-quality carbon fiber aero kit. It all starts at the front end, where the lip occupies the lower portion of the rather bland factory bumper, but unlike other lip kit options, ADRO adds a pair of corner posts that go through the main grill opening towards the wheels before making sharp outward turns cabin, while creating a second layer as an integrated splitter.
Take the turn visually and notice that the car’s silhouette has been updated with ADRO’s side skirts, starting with a winged section behind the front wheels and then turning into a flat side diffuser that meets the rear quarter panel Kicks out a little bit before. Continuing along that sleek carbon fiber line transitions to the set’s rear diffuser, which wraps around the bumper and features a series of fins.
Sitting atop the rear is a mildly circular spoiler that extends the car’s deck a few inches. Yes, the aerodynamic additions look cool and do a great job of enhancing rather than overpowering the car’s original look, and their dry carbon construction is very light. They also improve the Model 3’s aerodynamic efficiency in the form of a 3.25 percent reduction in overall vehicle drag. Combined with 846 N of downforce, ADRO’s deep experience, obsession with computational fluid dynamics, and countless hours of testing all make a lot of sense.
The military precision of ADRO’s fiber blend is the biggest contrast to CJ’s home-built Tesla, who notes that the project was done entirely by himself in his garage. His solitary confinement sends his mind wild with various personal touches like SpaceX Falcon 9-inspired paint and an airline treatment infused with aliens on his 5-gallon air system, which is incompatible with a weird deeky galaxy junk and The headlines are about the makeover. With LED light bars and starlight add-ons throughout, as he planned from the start, CJ’s finished product is truly a highlight.
No, it’s not swapping the high-powered engine for a familiar chassis with a “rare” JDM product that doesn’t seem to be uncommonly attached to a dozen other cars at any given auto show, but this Tesla Model 3 is really an extension of CJ Cardinalli. Some people will scoff at it and say it’s ruined, which is perfect because CJ is the director of the social chapter of the “ruined Tesla” car club. It may not be everyone’s style, but it’s certainly not plagiarism.
Engine (Motor) Ingenext GHOST Module
Suspension Air Lift Performance 3H System 3/8″; RGB LEB Clear Tough Lines; AccuAir ENDO-CT 5 Gallon Air Tank; Custom SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Tank; Universal Air Solutions Series 2 Air Strut, Custom Altitude Sensor Mount; Custom Airline Shutoff Valve; MPP Camber Arm, Toe Arm CEEJ Custom Display Display, Infinity Mirrors, Starlight Trash Tub, Starlight Cover, Backlit False Floor, Galaxy Wrapped Tank Rack, Blue Painted Trash Accents.
Brakes Don Marconi Sport large brake kit; Brembo 6-piston front calipers, discs, pads; stainless steel cables.
Wheels & Tires HRE 540 Forged 3 Piece 20×9.5 Front +20/10.5 Rear +30; Delrint D7 235/35 Front/275/30 Rear
Exterior TinyBot Gloss Laser Flip Blizzard Blue Vinyl Wrap; ADRO Prepreg Carbon Fiber Lips, Side Skis, Spoiler; Carbon Fiber M3 Style Mirrors; Infinite Auto Design Carbon Fiber Hood; TesLuxInnovations Checker Headlights, Fog Lights; LED rear reflector; CEEJ Customs carbon fiber chrome delete, mesh grille, taillight wraps; wind noise reduction kit; trunk and frunk Auto POP pillars; Flexshield PPF and ceramic coating.
Interior Unleashed Customs Steering Wheel; Metal Rivet Door Frames, Center Console, Armrest, Dashboard, Screen Rear Wrap; Vinyl Wrap; CEEJ Customs Galaxy Headliner w/Fiber Star, Steering Wheel Center Wrap, LED Roof Display, Carbon Fiber Dashboard Top, Side Trim Center Console, Glove Box, Under Dashboard; AutoBeam Ambient Footwell Lighting; Carbon Fiber Door Switch Controls; Peekaystudio Gated Shift Cup Holders; Hanshow LED Door Sills, Model 3 Performance Pedals; Glass display protective film; LED puddle light.