Another GTI, Another iPad Mini!

This was a pretty quick project inspired by the recent iPad Mini install in our 2011 MK6 GTI. A friend of the company saw the GTiPad Mini installation last week and just had to have one for himself! We're no strangers to the MK4 GTI here at 2point5, having done both a Mac Mini and an Apple TV in our own company vehicle a few years ago, but how times have changed - instead of having to piece together multiple complex components to integrate these devices into a car environment, the iPad Mini is a self-contained powerhouse, requiring only a few tricks of the trade to tie into the existing system for a "should have come from the factory" end result. photo 1

The dash trim was made from a piece of 1/4" aluminum routed, sanded and polished to perfection like we've done before, and all that was really necessary from a mounting perspective was removing a good amount of plastic from the factory radio support to allow the iPad to be mounted from behind, with the trim panel mounted from the front. Electronically, we had to add a small amplifier to run all the speakers, and we used the same trick as we did on the GTiPad Mini project to trigger the hidden home button with a Satechi Bluetooth remote. The button for activating the remote is a factory traction control switch modified with a laser-cut and engraved home button icon that illuminates just like the factory switch does.

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Of course charging is handled by connecting a modified USB charger to the Lightning port on the iPad so that it stays topped off. One thing we learned from the last project was that the ideal candidate for such a project is an iPad Mini with LTE - while tethering works great for internet connectivity, the LTE iPad models also have a dedicated GPS chip for more accurate navigation. That said, one of my favorite parts of this finished product is that the main user interface is the Drive Assist app for iPad by Eugene Shvedov. This elegant front-end gives you heads-up speed, navigation, iTunes control, compass and much more in a really attractive package.

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The car itself is certainly no slouch either! Starting life as a 20th Anniversary GTI, the owner added genuine Votex R bumpers and sideskirts, HID lights, 19" BBS 2-piece wheels, coilover suspension, a full APR stage 4 turbo setup, a sueded headliner and a lot more.

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As always, we hope you enjoy our periodic forays into the car integration world, and you can count on there always being more just around the corner!


Volvo S60R Project

Another blast from the past, but one of my personal favorites from back in our car audio days. We had gotten to the point that anything we built was a bit over the top in terms of framework, wiring, materials and design was concerned, and I truly feel that this is one of the best examples of how well a one-off creation can be built so that it is serviceable and structurally sound in the same vein that original equipment would be if cars ever came with such massive audio systems in them. If memory serves, there are two Optima batteries in the trunk that are isolated from the battery under the hood, three Alumapro capacitors, three JL 10W7 subwoofers, three JL 1000/1 monoblock amplifiers, two JL 450/4 amplifiers, MB Quart speakers front and rear and a whole lot of fabrication. Take a look at the steel amp rack, wiring distribution and enclosure design. This was a lot of equipment to fit in a small trunk opening!

Look out for more post on our previous lives as car audio fabricators as well as some more links to the press we've received over the years. I'm trying to make sure that the blog really represents everything that we do and have done beyond spec.dock and Material6 ...stay tuned.


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Steve Kubon's Honda Civic Project

This car was done so long ago I can't even recall the date, but it was really a show-stopper back in its day. I often wonder what happens to these cars after the shows are over and the owner moves on to a new project. This one was done in phases, with the trunk being first and all the interior work being second. Steve was sponsored by Polk Audio at the time, so all the equipment came from them besides the Xtant amp powering the system, and the fabrication came from us. tunerbash3

Facets of this project were fabricating a new dash bezel to fit a 6" screen and single-DIN radio, moving the AC controls to the center console and blending them in, installing a DVD player in the airbag location with a motorized door, rebuilding the front door panels and entire rear deck, rebuilding the center console to house three gauges and creating the trunk enclosure and fiberglass trim. The doors and rear deck feature solid aluminum inserts machined and polished in a style similar to the trim in the GTi MacMini from this era.

I can honestly say this is the first car I ever personally saw with the "Lamborghini" doors as well. One for the archives.

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