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Unleashing the Beast – David Perez’s 2021 Tesla Model 3 Performance

Image showcasing David Perez’s 2021 Tesla Model 3 Performance at Electrify Expo Showoff in Washington, DC
  • David Perez’s love for car audio began with a 1994 Mazda MX6, where he achieved 2nd place at the IASCA world finals. He’s now integrated a top-tier car audio system into his 2021 Tesla Model 3 Performance.
  • A lifelong car enthusiast and mechanical engineer, David has been customizing high-performance vehicles since his teenage years.
  • David’s Tesla is equipped with an intricately designed air suspension system, showcasing his meticulous approach to customization. This setup, including a removable frunk hard-pipe assembly, made its successful debut at the Electrify Showoff in Washington, DC.

We’re diving into the high-voltage world of David Perez, the mastermind behind this custom 2021 Tesla Model 3 Performance, affectionately known as “Double Stuffed.” David hails from Walworth, NY, and his journey from classic petrol-head to Tesla aficionado is nothing short of inspiring.

David’s love affair with high-performance vehicles started early, with dreams of the iconic Nissan 300ZX dancing in his head. Armed with a mechanical engineer’s precision and a touch of OCD, he’s not your typical car enthusiast.

David prefers to get his hands dirty, learning and executing new projects himself. It’s all about the thrill of the unique, the devil in the details, the thrill of the ride, and a dash of outrageous power. As he puts it, “Inspiration comes from having something unique, a lot of detail, good cruising, good handling, and good power.”


Image showcasing David Perez’s 2021 Tesla Model 3 Performance at Electrify Expo Showoff in Washington, DC

Diving into the World of Car Audio: David’s Journey from 1994 Mazda MX6 to 2021 Tesla Model 3 Performance

For David, the journey took an auditory twist when he dived into the world of car audio. He rocked the scene with a 1994 Mazda MX6, competing at the International Auto Sound Challenge Association (IASCA) and landing 2nd place at the World Finals. Talk about a debut!


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From there, David’s automotive love story continued with a series of project cars, including the mighty Nissan 300ZX TT, and eventually, his latest flame, the 2021 Tesla Model 3 Performance.


Image showcasing David Perez’s 2021 Tesla Model 3 Performance at Electrify Expo Showoff in Washington, DC

From Test Drive to Ownership: David’s Tesla Journey

David’s Tesla adventure began after a test drive in Canada back in 2019. The allure of performance and cutting-edge technology was irresistible. He opted for the Performance model, craving that extra oomph!

The clean installation opportunities with an EV, coupled with fuel savings compared to owning a traditional ICE vehicle and minimal maintenance, sealed the deal. And let’s not forget, “MO POWA!”


Image showcasing David Perez’s 2021 Tesla Model 3 Performance at Electrify Expo Showoff in Washington, DC

Building Dreams, Breaking Stereotypes

David’s hands-on experience spans over decades. His mechanical prowess shone through as he upgraded his beloved 300ZXs and crafted a phenomenal audio system for his Mazda MX6. Sadly, his masterpiece, the 1996 Nissan 300ZX TT, met an untimely end in an accident just before completion.

Still, this setback only fueled his determination to push the boundaries.


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David’s 2021 Tesla Model 3 Performance: A Triumph of DIY Engineering

Enter the 2021 Tesla Model 3 Performance. David’s ambitious air suspension project, combined with a painstakingly over-engineered frunk hard-pipe setup, became a labor of love. He faced numerous challenges, from designing removable and serviceable components to extensive modifications of factory plastics.

Custom aluminum mounting brackets, billet aluminum risers, and countless hours of Fusion 360 design work all played their part. But David’s dedication paid off with a triumphant 7-hour drive to the Electrify Expo/Showoff in DC.


Image showcasing David Perez winning Best Audio and Best Use of Frunk awards at Electrify Expo Showoff in Washington, DC

From Audio to Air Suspension: A Change in Plans

Originally, David’s plan centered on audio, suspension, and wheels for a stylish cruiser. However, fate had other ideas. A chance encounter with the Tesla “Bagged Life” community altered his course, leading to the jaw-dropping air suspension setup we see today.

David’s selection of brands was meticulous. His audio gear, featuring Mosconi Pro, Focal, Helix, and Astell & Kern, was based on current-day recommendations, reflecting the remarkable advancements in DSPs and amplifiers.

The BC Forged wheels struck a chord due to their value and stylish options, while Air Lift Performance’s rich history and proven products made them the go-to choice for air suspension.


Image showcasing David Perez’s 2021 Tesla Model 3 Performance at Electrify Expo Showoff in Washington, DC

In Memory of Ariana: The Rose Gold Connection

The rose gold theme running through the build isn’t just about aesthetics. It’s a heartfelt tribute to David’s daughter, Ariana, whose favorite color is rose gold. It’s a touching reminder of the personal stories that often drive these projects.


Image showcasing David Perez’s 2021 Tesla Model 3 Performance at Electrify Expo Showoff in Washington, DC

The Takeaway: Dare to Be Different

David’s story reminds us that anything is possible with the right mindset, passion, and a sprinkle of cash. His advice? “Dare to be different, defy convention, and surround yourself with those who celebrate your success.”

Building cool stuff isn’t just about the end result; it’s about the journey, the self-discovery, and the sheer joy of creating something unique.


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EVs Can Be Cool Too

David Perez’s modified 2021 Tesla Model 3 Performance transformation stands as a testament to human ingenuity and the unquenchable thirst for automotive perfection. It’s proof that EVs can be cool, too, and that building something exceptional is within reach for anyone willing to hop on the ride.

So, whether you pay to build or do it yourself, remember to live long, prosper, and embrace the road less traveled.

For more information on Electrify Showoff, 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

OWNER/VEHICLE DETAILS

Owner: David Perez
Location: Walworth, NY USA
Instagram: @double_stuffed_m3
Club/Team: Ruined EV
Vehicle: 2021 Tesla Model 3 Performance
Horsepower: 470 hp


VEHICLE MODIFICATIONS

CategoryModification
PowertrainXS Power RSV-S5 Lithium 12v Battery (2)
Wheels & TiresBC Forged 2 piece 20” wheels
NITTO NT555 Tires
BrakesOEM Performance brakes
Chassis & SuspensionEibach Pro Kit sway bars
Air Lift Performance 3H air suspension
Custom hard-pipe frunk setup
ExteriorArtisan Spirits carbon front splitter
Vorsteiner carbon rear diffuser
Carbon fender side markers
LightingXKGlow RGB Controllers (2)
InteriorCarbon and Alcantara steering wheel
Hushmat Sound Treatment
Sound Shield Acoustic Foam Treatment (6)
Full Alcantara headliner
Audio & MultimediaFocal Utopia M TBM Tweeters
Focal 3.5 Utopia M Midrange
Focal 8” Midbass Woofers
Focal Utopia M 10” Subwoofers
Mosconi Pro 4/30 Class A Amplifier
Mosconi Pro 2/10
Mosconi Pro 1/10 (2)
Mosconi Atamo 2 – 4 channel amp
Helix DSP Ultra
Helix Conductor Controller
Stinger 9000 Series RCA’s (5 Sets of 12 ft)
AudioQuest Forest 3.5 to RCA
Astell & Kern SP 3000 DAP
Hi RES Bluetooth card in DSP
Full use and function of OEM MCU
Shops & MechanicsMatt Schaefer – Musaic Design – Sound FX Lewes, DE


IMAGES: ELECTRIFY EXPO, JOSE VALDEZ PHOTO

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RANDI BENTIA

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