Thursday, February 01, 2007

Hemisfear Wrap Up

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Check out the video of the unveiling from SEMA 2006 Featuring Chip Foose and Overhaulin's Chris Jacobs as well as JL Full Throttle's Eric Tscherne. Tscherne described the experience of unveiling Chip's dream machine at an event as large as SEMA as, "amazing, simply amazing". Since SEMA is a closed to the public event, the JLFT Team shot this killer video:

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

It's Over!

SEMA was a blast! The JL Full Throttle Hemisfear by Foose Design was a huge hit! The car was probably the single biggest piece of news coming out of the show! We were very privileged to have been a part of it and to help Chip realize his dream of building the ultimate Muscle Car meets Hot Rod with super car technology.

It took over a year for us to get from the stages of talking about it to doing it both in diecast and in full-scale. Chip and the team at Metal Crafters continually allowed us access to the car as it evolved from paper to production. Bill Buma kept us up to date with any major changes as we had started the diecast in November of last year. In order to have the diecast on hand at the show we had to work from sketches and an old quarter scale model Chip had built.

Chip, not satisfied to simply build his original concept from the 90’s, continually revised and improved on the design of the full size car challenging the Full Throttle Design Team and their RC2 counterparts in HK/China to also continually improve the diecast. You’ll see super high tech tail lights and headlights that become jewels for this timeless body shape. You’ll also notice a new style grill that elegantly and aggressively finishes off the nose where a few years ago a simple billet grill might reside.

We had a blast building this super-rod with Chip. Hopefully we will be able to bring something equally as exciting to you next year. In the mea time look out for some of the latest cars from Foose to be miniaturized like is Overlord Ford F100 and a couple of the “other” SEMA cars that were on hand last week. –JLFT ET

Be sure to check out Toys R Us in the next few weeks. This is where the Launch Edition LRG JLFT Hemisfears by Foose, will be available first. There should be 2400 available by Thanksgiving/Dec. 1 or so. The lifesize Hemisfear will be on tour with Championship Autoshows and Mothers will be distributing a large number of the SEMA/Mothers exclusive SM scale models throughout next year. You never know though some might show up near you too.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

It's finally Here! Scope out exclusive pics of the JL Full Throttle Hemisfear by Foose Design

Las Vegas, Nv. (SEMA Show 2006) The JL Full Throttle Team and Chip Foose unveiled Chip's JL Full Throttle Hemisfear to a frenzied crowd. Media from all overthe world along with hundreds of Chip's fans were gathered to watch as Chip pulled the cover back on the JL Full Throttle Hemisfear. Flash bulbs popped and TV crews filmed as Chip Foose along with Chris Jacobs and JL Full Throttle's own Eric Tscherne talked to the crowd about the The Dream, The Concept and bringing them to life in 1 to 1 scale and in LRG and SM scales at the same time. Here are some pics from the show:

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The JLFT Hemisfear gets a coat of paint.

The JL Full Throttle Hemisfear is flying together. We stopped in on Monday to take some pictures while they painted it. We checked back in on Tuesday to take some measuerments for graphics and even more was done. The crew at Metal Crafters is working around the clock to get the car together and finished for SEMA. these guys are pros though so we have no worries. They have fabricated, built, and assembled some of the greatest show cars and concept cars ever built including the original Viper concept, Prowler concept, Copperhead concept and more.

At this stage you'll see that body prep is very importan. Primer is laid down over the body and is being sanded away. if you look closely you'll see a black stripe. it's actually carbon fiber left raw so that the carbon will show through as a graphic.

Here is when the basecoat was laid down. A Silver with a special metal flake is laid down on the body to serve as a base for a special kandy top coat. This style of painting adds depth and shine. It will also allow Chip to finely tune the exact Full Throttle Green we are after.
Here are just a couple shots of the car getting the Full Throttle Green treatment. We snapped these off before we were asked kindly to get out of the way. Time is very tight so we left before we did soemthing to slow the progress. Keep checking back to both the JLFT Hemisfear Build Blog and the JLFT Designer Blog for more info and updates live from SEMA. -JLFT ET

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

JLFT Hemisfear's One of a Kind Front Spindle!

Join Leonard McLaughlin, owner of Alpine CNC in Laguna Hills, California as he takes us through the intricate process of building the Hemisfear's front spindles! Leonard has worked with Chip on a number of builds over the years and he is going "FULL BORE" to get these one-of-a-kind fabrications out the door!

Other than the major components of the engine and drive train, the JLFT Hemisfear is a ground-up build!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006


Nope, that's not snow! It's actually tiny carbon fiber flakes floating in the air from nearby JLFT Hemisfear panel sanding! I couldn't see any "dust" and it took me a while to figure it out.

As you can see, the muscle-hot rod is really coming along and body is being prepped for assembly. The engine has to be mounted to the chassis. Check out the massive roof window - a perfect fit. One thing about 3D engineering, it enables the fit to have incredibly tight tolerances.

The pace is picking up and it's time to get out of the way of the builders!

Friday, September 15, 2006

Countdown to SEMA!:MetalCrafter's George Gaffaglio and crews go FULL THROTTLE!

The countdown to the SEMA has begun! The heat is on for the crews of JLFT and MetalCrafters as we prepare for the co-launch of the actual JL FT Hemisfear and the diecast versions in SM and LRG scale! Hear George Gaffoglio, CEO of the super-secret, world-renowend concept autombile builder, MetalCrafters, talks about how his crew is building this amazing Foose car.
You'll see the the progress being made on the car and what Chip Foose has to say about the deadline!