Story: Evan “Evo” Yates
Photography: Scott Dukes
Owner of JW Motorsports Jorge Sanchez is fortunate enough to wake up every day and do something he loves. And what he does (anyone reading this magazine would kill for the opportunity) is a passionate affair: tearing apart brand-new vehicles, creating his own renditions and, in turn, setting trends for the entire custom-car community.
JW Motorsports—a name that is, perhaps, unfamiliar—boasts a body of work that is world-renowned. JW has been behind the wheel of the widebody movement that is now so popular. They were the first to do a widebody Challenger, a widebody Camaro and now the brand-new 2011 Dodge Charger. With help of fabrication artist Topo, whom Jorge works closely with on most builds, every new appealing whip that hits the dealership gets its turn under the knife. “As soon as a new car comes out, we are the first ones with it,” explains Jorge. “We take it back to the shop and we just cut it up—that’s how we do it.” He continues, “By the time everybody is getting around to putting rims on the newer cars, we’re flossin’ with everything already done up.”
With fewer than 500 miles on the dial, the JW squad hit the ground running. The plan for this particular endeavor was to parallel the OEM aesthetic as much as possible, retaining the overall shape of the new sedan. “When we do the two-door sports cars, like the Camaro, we want to make them look like fighter jets with vents, front and rear widebody…,” says Jorge. “But when doing a four-door, you want to tone that down a little bit yet still give it that tough look, like a bulldog comin’ down the street.”
While Topo was widening the rear (3.5 inches on each side), Jorge brought in California Upholstery to give the interior a fresh look. “I take all the cars to them when I want something special,” he explains. “They did the diamond-cut suede and leather and added bolsters like the SRT seats—it looks great!”
To properly complement the blacked-out, staggered 24-inch Asantis, Jorge relied on his experience to get it sittin’ right, even though the aftermarket had yet to offer anything. “If you check around, nobody has a suspension for a new Charger yet,” says Jorge. “I’ve pretty much built my own; that’s how the car is squatted down like that.” JW also added modest performance upgrades to help propel the new hefty rolling gear, such as a cold-air intake, a Flowmaster exhaust and an ECU upgrade that isn’t even available yet. “Being in the industry for 23 years, you build relationships that enable you to get things before they come out,” says Jorge. “I’ll hit up the suppliers and ask for a particular item that might be in production, but somehow I still get it three or four months before it’s officially released.
Spec The Technique:
Performance: Flowmaster exhaust; cold-air intake; ECU upgrade; custom suspension
Interior: Custom leather and suede interior with white stitching by California Upholstery
Exterior: Factory grille painted black; custom widebody rear
Ice: OEM Alpine premium sound system; Uconnect Touch system with 8.4-inch LCD touchscreen display
Wheels/Tires: Staggered 24-inch Asanti AF146s, 24×9 with 3.5-inch lip front, 24×12 with 8-inch lip rear; Pirelli PZero Neros, 255/30/24 front, 295/30/24 rear