In 2008, de Encio changed gears and began focusing on building image vehicles for automotive manufacturers such as GM, Chrysler, Dodge, Nissan, Infiniti and Lexus. As part of this change his Huntington Beach, California company name went from CTL Motorsports to Automotive Design Concepts. In 2009, Kia Motors became an addition to de Encio's long list of automobile manufacturers.
Manny de Encio continues to impress his clients by delivering top-of-the-line service rich with skill and experience. "I have been modifying vehicles for over 25 years," de Encio said. "I have built everything from street rods, low riders, tuners, luxuries, limos, trucks, SUVs, and some of the largest H2 Hummers in the world."
K&N visited de Encio at the 2009 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. His custom 2010 Kia Forte coupe was on display outside SEMA where spectators gathered around the many high-end vehicles that covered the parking lot. "I have been coming to SEMA since 1999," he explained. "I brought the 2010 Forte coupe as a feature vehicle for Kinetik Audio. It is a show vehicle for Kia Motors USA."
This custom Kia Forte is equipped with K&N air filter 33-2380 and K&N oil filter HP-1004. "I have been using K&N products for over 25 years," said de Encio. "They are a manufacturer that has been in business for over 35 years and provides quality products that perform as promised. I have used everything from K&N Cold Air Intake Systems, factory replacement drop-in filters, Fuel Injection Performance Kits and their line of innovative Performance Gold® oil filters."
Manny de Encio and his custom builds have been featured in over 100 magazines with a total of 19 magazine covers. "My endeavors have graced the covers and pages of magazines such as DUB, Dropstar, Mini Truckin, RPM, Truckins SUV, Truckin, Lowriders Edge, Hot Rod, Hot Boat, Lexani, Import Tuner, RIDES, SEMA NEWS, Tailgate, Street Trucks, Sport Truck, Rear View, DCX, Performance Auto Sound, FHM, STUFF, Playboy and Penthouse," he adds. "They have also been on the big screen for Britney Spears Video "Do Something", Johnsons Family Vacation w/ Little Bow Wow and Cedric the Entertainer, Collateral w/ Jamie Fox and Tom Cruz and The Fast and the Furious."
As de Encio's visions and his business, Automotive Design Concepts, continue to grow, one thing is certain for the future. Custom design and implementation will continue to be a major portion of his life. K&N is proud to share a piece of Manny de Encio's concept builds. "K&N is always a part of all our image vehicle builds," he concludes. "I use them at work as well as on all of my vehicles at home."
Modifications for Manny de Encio's 2010 Kia Forte coupe are as follows:
AIT Racing - Carbon Fiber Hood, Upper and Lower Front Bumper Grills, Side Mirror Caps, FRP Chin Spoiler and Rockers.
Auto Expolosion - Wide Body, Side Vents, Custom Body Work and Paint.
PPG - Lambo Green Paint
Katzkin - Leather and Suede Seat Covers, Suede Headliner and Pillars
Audiovox - Headunit, Speakers and Amplifiers
Advent - Headrest TV's
Hush Mat - Sound Deadening Material
Kinetik Audio - HC 1800 Power Cell
Metra Electronics - Radio Dash Kit and Wiring
Eibach Suspension - 1 Inch Pro Kit
Lexani Wheels - LSS 10 20 X 8.5 And 20 X 10 Black Finish With Lambo Green Face
Dunlop Tires - SP Sport Max TT 245/35R20 and 255/35R20
K&N Filters – Air Filter 33-2380 and Oil Filter HP-1004
Magnaflow - Stainless Cat Back System with Square Rolled Tips
Presto Tint - Window Tint and Vinyl
Meguiars Car Care - Total Car Care Products
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