2019 Ferrari 488 Spider /// Escort & ALP

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Haven't really shared anything here in a while and thought it was about time. We've been really busy here at Musicar with projects and on some cars forget to take any photos! Here's one that we finished up not too long ago. I didn't get as many of the cool behind-the-scenes build photos that we usually like to share, but it was such a great project I had to post what we did have. Hope you all like it!

Vehicle:
  • 2019 Ferrari 488 Spider
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Equipment:

  • ALP Front Triple RX/TX
  • AL Rear Dual RX/TX
  • Escort MAX CI Front & Rear Radar
Challenges:
  • Limited mounting options for front laser
  • Copious amount of carbon fiber on front fascia
  • Limited room in cabin for display and controls

Our top priority with these systems is always performance, but aesthetics and ease-of-use are very close behind. That's why we decided to use the combination of Escort and ALP. The Escort system is by far the most versatile when it comes to the cosmetic integration with the interior. We can locate the controls down low in an ergonomic position while keeping the display up high within the driver's normal field-of-view. It's also one of the most simple systems to understand and use for someone who may not be a tech nerd like most of us on here.

For laser, knowing that we wanted the best performance, Anti-Laser was a no brainer choice. Also, with less-than-ideal mounting locations in the front, we knew that ALP has a lot more flexibility when it comes to that situation. We've seen great testing results even from installs that we would swear are IPT setups(not our, of course). They also offer a system that keeps the interior free of clutter and makes for a relatively intuitive user interface.

All that said, getting into the installation.

Front Laser:

The design of the front end on this car doesn't allow us to hide the jammers very well. To get the right performance they're going to have to be mounted out in the open. We wanted to blend them into the cosmetics of the car a bit better, so we fabricated a set of housings that us a cast-acrylic mounting base with an IR-Transparent acrylic(perspex) facing.

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Rear Laser:

For the rear end we used a similar technique for the dual jammers, but we had a great location under the lip for the license plate provision.

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Interior Controls:

The 488 has a great location in the center console for the controllers. We didn't like the way that the ALP controller looked, so we used a simple pair of buttons instead and used the external LED for the indicator.

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Oddly enough, my favorite part of this build was actually the LED indicators. We didn't want to modify anything in the column or cluster, but we wanted the LEDs(radar + laser) to be visible easily from the driver's seat. We decided to fabricate a small housing that sat atop the column shroud and mimicked what we would imagine a factory Ferrari pod would look like:

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Thanks for checking it out!
 

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That is orgasmic to look at! Such a beautiful install!
 

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Nice install!

How did it test? Any issues with having the ALP TX heads mounted so low?

Where are the radar antennas mounted?
 

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That's some nice work!
 

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Holy smokes :D:D:D:D:D:D
That is orgasmic to look at! Such a beautiful install!
Man, gorgeous custom work as always Nick!
Thank you guys – Always great to hear positive feedback!

Nice install!

How did it test? Any issues with having the ALP TX heads mounted so low?

Where are the radar antennas mounted?
Forgive me if my nomenclature is incorrect. When I say RX/TX I'm referring to a single standard send and receive unit. There are no TX used on this car. All five are standard heads. That said, it was consistent JTG with LTI both front and rear. We don't have a DETC to test with yet, but considering how small the vertical surface area of the front of this car is, I imagine we'd have good performance at 300ft and above.

Radar antennas are hidden behind the front and rear bumpers. They were mostly plastic with only a few carbon fiber pieces that we avoided mounting behind.
 

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Nice work!


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Very impressive. Now that's what I call a professional install.
 

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You guys do awesome work. Question - is the IR acrylic in the front curved or flat? Either way it looks beautiful!
 

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You guys do awesome work. Question - is the IR acrylic in the front curved or flat? Either way it looks beautiful!
Thanks!

The front center and rears are all flat. The outside two on the front are curved slightly. We've done a few with curved housings and they test the same as flat.
 

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Thanks!

The front center and rears are all flat. The outside two on the front are curved slightly. We've done a few with curved housings and they test the same as flat.
Thanks! I'm assuming you're not willing to share your thermoforming temps/settings with me :) (I'm doing this diy only, so not about to go open my own shop)
 

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Thanks! I'm assuming you're not willing to share your thermoforming temps/settings with me :) (I'm doing this diy only, so not about to go open my own shop)
No worries – we don't really have anything proprietary that we're trying to hide. For the small amount of curve that we're putting on these lenses, there's no heat needed for the bend. We're machining the substrate with the proper curve and then laying a thin layer of the IR-Acrylic on top, glueing it into that shape.

If your piece is going to be thin in the end, and not have the same body as this one does, you can use heat and a forming buck to get the shape you want. Not sure what temps to shoot for since we usually just wing-it with a heat gun until it gets malleable without melting or deforming – trial and error.
 

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No worries – we don't really have anything proprietary that we're trying to hide. For the small amount of curve that we're putting on these lenses, there's no heat needed for the bend. We're machining the substrate with the proper curve and then laying a thin layer of the IR-Acrylic on top, glueing it into that shape.

If your piece is going to be thin in the end, and not have the same body as this one does, you can use heat and a forming buck to get the shape you want. Not sure what temps to shoot for since we usually just wing-it with a heat gun until it gets malleable without melting or deforming – trial and error.
Thanks! I haven't been able to find IR transmissive acrylic less than 3mm thick so I've been trying thermoforming (after Laser cutting). I can definitively say that 155C is too hot and will form perfectly to every imperfection on the mold surfaces instead of just bending!
 

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*drool* OEM+ install

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Nice job Nick !
 

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10 out of 10! Impeccable work and planning!
Fyi, the last time I heard a price for a modern Ferrari nose piece, it was $40k!
 

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Very nice install, and thanks for sharing! Keep it coming!!!
 

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