What is D-LNG Designs?
"D-LNG is the result of me doing what I do best: designing and figuring shit out. We do custom work, build turbofans, airride components, advertising boards, design wheels and furniture and so much more. But of course we are mostly known for the fans."
What inspired you to start this company?
"Luck and coincidence. I always designed, but our very first set (of fans) came to together when I was rebuilding a set of wheels for my good friend Jonas. His BBS RCs were laying in my living room and I was looking at the option of making fans to fit them. We didn't have the money nor the experience, but we did it anyway. The Offset took notice and CAtuned asked for a set. We haven't stopped since."
How much time goes into designing and creating the actual turbo fans?
"Building them usually takes about 4-8 weeks because we work with external supliers and I don't want to rush them. Our focus is to deliver quality. Now the design phase can take 1 day to 3 weeks, depending on the clients wishes. Usually we propose an idea within a few days and go from there until the client gets exactly what they want."
What materials do you use to create your product?
"Mostly aluminium. We can do carbon faces but we won't do full carbon fans. We know people with custom carbon fans that have exploded once they hit highway speeds. Our fans have been tested and can reach speeds of 200km/h without moving a millimetre."
Tell us about your project with @kazuki_crossglow .
"Well we met Kazuki on Instagram and built his first set of fans for his civic. He was a nice guy and told us almost a year ago that he was going to build the Testarossa. Me and Kazuki have a good bond, and so he asked me for a set of fans for the Testarossa. I hope to meet Kazuki in person at XS Carnight later this year."
Some people believe turbo fans are more for form than function. What is your opinion on this?
"Well I have to agree. Airflow, materials, mechanics, design and so much more have come a long way and make the turbofan/brakecooler no longer necessary. Brake coolers were banned back in the day, not for their cooling effect but for the amount of downforce created by the airflow. The fans moved so much air that they created a vacuum underneath the car (AKA more downforce). Manufactures always claimed they didn't know about this.
But look, what we as car owners do is mostly for form rather than function. You don't need airride, you don't need lightweight wheels, you don't need carbon fiber parts, you don't need fender flares .. but damn do they look good."
What other projects can we expect to see from D-LNG Designs this year?
"Not much that I can talk about. You can expect more custom turbofans, as well as Sema 2017 has confirmed 2 sets (of fans) on display and potentially a couple more. We will also be working to create a budget for building some actual wheels. See what we can do in that market."