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JDM to EV – Perry Kwok’s Tesla Builds Steer the Mod Scene into the Future

Photo of Perry Kwok's 2018 Tesla Model 3, Best Best Wrap / Graphics at Electrify Showoff San Francisco
  • Perry Kwok’s 2018 Tesla Model 3 scored “Best Wrap / Graphics” at Electrify Showoff San Francisco, showcasing his detailed design skills.
  • Shifting from JDM to Tesla, Kwok customized a 2018 Model 3 and 2020 Model Y, redefining mod culture.
  • A Tesla Model 3 with Air Demand suspension, Model Y with Universal Air Solution suspension and ADRO carbon body kit.

When it comes to car customization, it’s not just about souped-up engines and roaring exhausts anymore. The new age of automotive enthusiasts is rewriting the script with electric vehicles (EVs) at the forefront. Perry Kwok, a dedicated member of the RUINED EV team, has become a trailblazer with his award-winning unique builds – a 2018 Tesla Model 3 and a 2020 Tesla Model Y. In an interview, Kwok unveils his journey that’s turning heads, and redefining what it means to modify a ride.


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Kwok’s tale is as captivating as his builds. A self-proclaimed “JDM guy” with an affinity for 9 different MR2s through the years, he succumbed to the allure of electric propulsion when Tesla’s “affordable” Model 3 hit the scene. “I had to place an order,” Kwok admits. Once the wheels arrived, quite literally, he set out to add his personal touch, recalling his inclination for customizing minority cars like the MR2 Spyder. “I love modifying cars that are in the minority in the car modifying scene,” Kwok emphasizes. Thus began his journey, transforming from a DIY MR2 content creator to a Tesla advocate, documenting self-install mods on his YouTube channel.


Tesla Evolution: Perry Kwok’s Bridge Between EV Innovation and Automotive Tradition in 2023

Photo of Perry Kwok's 2020 Tesla Model Y, Best SUV at Electrify Showoff San Francisco

Fast forward to 2023, and Kwok’s creations have gained monumental attention. Notably, his Model Y, revamped in collaboration with the Tesla community and the RUINED team, even scored the award for “Best SUV” at Electrify Showoff in San Francisco. It’s the perfect blend of the EV movement and car customization culture, bridging the gap between innovation and tradition.


Photo of Perry Kwok's 2018 Tesla Model 3, Best Best Wrap / Graphics at Electrify Showoff San Francisco

A quirky twist in his journey surfaced when he donned the “Hadouken” livery for a “Tesla Only” event, where the theme was Street Fighter. Initially, it was an experiment, but Kwok found himself attached to its unique appeal, allowing it to remain even after the event was over. Moreover, his Model Y’s allure is amplified by 3D-printed flexible mounts, adapting its Model Y aerodisc to the Rotiform NEK.

His 2018 Tesla Model 3, however, has a bragging right of its own – it clinched the “Best Wrap / Graphics” award at the same Electrify Showoff event. The skillfully designed wrap didn’t just turn heads; it left spectators in awe, a testament to Kwok’s meticulous attention to detail and creative prowess.


Photo of Perry Kwok's 2018 Tesla Model 3, Best Best Wrap / Graphics at Electrify Showoff San Francisco

Diving into the specs, it’s clear that Kwok isn’t just about appearances. His Model 3 rocks Work Meisters S1R wheels wrapped in Falken tires, and is equipped with an Air Demand air suspension system that gives it that coveted low-riding stance. His Model Y, on the other hand, is armored with a Universal Air Solution suspension and sports a full ADRO prepreg dry carbon body kit.


Photo of Perry Kwok's 2020 Tesla Model Y, Best SUV at Electrify Showoff San Francisco

When questioned about his favorite modification, the air suspension takes the cake, a feature that seamlessly marries style and functionality. As Kwok eloquently puts it, “It’s like having a cherry on top of a beautiful ice cream sundae.”


But let’s not forget the challenges that accompany such a groundbreaking venture. Kwok’s creativity was occasionally challenged, especially when it came to drawing power for air management on the EVs. It’s not all smooth cruising in the world of EV modifications, but Kwok’s drive and determination propelled him through the obstacles.


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One might wonder, what pushed Kwok to dive headfirst into this venture? His response is as simple as it is profound: “In my blood.” A car enthusiast through and through, he couldn’t resist the allure of reinventing the EV scene. His builds, once considered avant-garde, now set the pace, inspiring others to explore the uncharted territories of EV customization.


Photo of Perry Kwok's 2018 Tesla Model 3, Best Best Wrap / Graphics at Electrify Showoff San Francisco

Perry Kwok’s journey is a testament to the evolving landscape of the automotive realm. From the MR2s of the past to the Teslas of the future, he’s adapting and thriving. As the wheels of progress turn, one can’t help but wonder: Will the roar of an engine be replaced by the hum of an electric motor? Perry Kwok’s “RUINED EV” builds are a preview of the electrifying uprising, a blueprint for the next generation of gearheads who embrace innovation and the power of change.

Electrify Expo/Showoff is all set for its next big stop: returning to Seattle on September 9-10 but at the first time at Marymoor Park. Grab your tickets at www.electrifyexpo.com/attend. Believe me, you don’t want to miss out on this upcoming EV festival that’s going to make waves the Pacific Northwest!

For more information on Electrify Showoff driven by Yokohama Tire, visit www.electrifyexpo.com/showoff.


2023 Electrify Expo Schedule

May 19-21Long Beach, CA
June 24-25San Francisco, CA
July 22-23Washington, DC
Aug. 12-13Long Island, NY
Sept. 9-10Seattle, WA
Oct. 14-15Miami, FL
Nov. 10-12Austin, TX

Photo of Perry Kwok receiving award for Best SUV for his 2020 Tesla Model Y at Electrify Showoff San Francisco

OWNER/VEHICLE DETAILS

Owner:Perry Kwok
Location:Newark, CA, USA
Team:RUINED EV
Vehicles:2018 Tesla Model 3
2020 Tesla Model Y
Instagram:@peekaystudio
YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/tesladiy
Category2018 Tesla Model 32020 Tesla Model Y
Wheels & TiresWork Meisters S1R 19×10.5 +22
Falken FK460 A/S 255/35/19 (f/r)
Rotiform NEK 19×10 +23, 19×11 +33
Falken FK460 A/S 245/40/19 (f), 275/40/19 (r)
Chassis & SuspensionAir Demand Air suspension
SPL Camber/Toe Arms
Universal Air Solution suspension
Mountain Pass Performance Camber Arms
ExteriorFull Maier EV carbon body kit
Vorstiener style rear diffuser
“Hadouken” livery
Full Adro prepreg dry carbon body kit
LightingFront LED sequential fog/turn signals
Rear “fish bone” style fog lights/turn signals
Rear “fish bone” style fog lights/turn signals
Alpha Rex LED Tail Lights
InteriorCarbon Fiber everythingCarbon Fiber everything
SponsorsMaier EV, Pimp My Ev, Teslarati, Falken Tires, ZevCentric, Adro
Shops & MechanicsZevCentricZevCentric


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