Like all others, my S4s came
standard with beautiful, real walnut veneer wood trim for the fascia and
door panels. While this was a huge improvement over the fake carbon fiber
trim of the S4 model, it still seemed inappropriate for the interior of an
exotic supercar. Cars with light interiors such as magnolia or tan looked
alright with the wood trim, but my interior is raven (charcoal grey) and it
just didn't look right. I always have loved the look of real carbon fiber
parts with their prismatic, three-dimensional quality and I always thought
that the fascia and door trim would look best in this finish.
Unfortunately, everyone I approached about creating a real carbon fiber interior trim set for the Esprit gave me the same response. The problem is that (as always) the limited numbers of Esprits makes it difficult to recoup the initial investment necessary to develop new parts for the car. In the case of the dash and door trim, molds would need to be made which can be quite expensive. To make matters worse, although the basic shape of the instrument panel is the same, there are almost a dozen different gauge layouts depending on the year, model, and vehicle's market. This means that a dozen or so different molds would have to be made for these various layouts.
It finally occurred to me one day, why not simply apply a carbon fiber veneer on top of the existing wood pieces rather than attempting to recreate the entire part. I set about trying to locate someone who could provide this service and finally came upon Mr. Leo Kozloski. Leo's company, Carbonwerks, specialized in Carbon Fiber products for DSM vehicles and had already done several veneer overlay projects. After several conversations, Leo and I decided to go for it. I sent him all of my trim pieces and the result was beautiful. To this day, I still get compliments on the look of the trim.
Leo said he would consider doing other Esprits on a case-by-case basis, so if you are interested, please contact him and tell him that Karl from the Esprit Fact File referred you. You can reach Leo by phone at (610) 374-2464 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His web site (may be down right now) is www.carbonwerks.com.