Car frames modification: ‘It’s just a matter of time’

A man who modifies cars has won a £25,000 ($39,000) modification appeal against a ban on carbon fibre wheels, while another man has won an £18,000 modification to his Porsche 911.

Car frames modification is banned under the European Union’s carbon fibre directive, which states that it is illegal to alter the structural strength of a vehicle, and there is no ban on using materials that are specifically designed to improve performance.

But an appeal has been launched against the ban in Britain, after a man called Anthony was given a £10,000 (NZ$16,000; $14,000).

The court heard that the 28-year-old from Cardiff, Wales, had taken to altering the bodywork of his Porsche, including changing the front fenders, wing tips, rear spoiler and side skirts to improve the aerodynamics.

Anthony was given the modification on the grounds that the car was too expensive to fix, and had been told it would cost him £5,000 to repair it.

Anthony said he would take the opportunity to get the wheels fitted, and said he was considering changing the engine to an older model, because it had the best potential for performance.

Anthony’s appeal against the carbon fibre ban is at the High Court in London.