For 2017, there were a host of new trends in the modified car world – chiefly large spoilers, wide arch kits and vehicle wraps. From seeing the trends change throughout the 2017 show season in the UK and Europe, these are the top five modifications that we predict will be huge in the 2018 season.
Vehicle wraps over the past couple of years have become a massive trend in the modified car world. Advances in the materials and methods of applying the wraps have made it difficult to tell the difference between paint and wrap in some cases; these days, the high gloss finish on some of the wraps you see around Europe is seriously impressive. Because of this, and the fact that a wrap is generally around half the price of a full respray, we think that colour changes, digitally designed and full wrap liveries will be very popular in the 2018 show season around Europe.
2. Wide body kits
Wide body cars were a massively expanding trend in 2017 throughout the world – and we reckon it will only get bigger in 2018. These wide body cars literally come in all shapes and sizes: whether you are prepared to give it a go yourself, get a bodyshop to create a custom wide body kit to suit your car, grab a universal kit online and make it fit, or buy yourself a high-end kit from companies such as Liberty Walk and Clinched. The massive growth of those two brands in the European show world has been a big factor in the styling that people are going for with their cars now – wide body kits and liveries will be a big trend… and that’s no bad thing!
3. Air suspension
Air suspension has been hugely popular for a few years now. But with prices becoming more and more affordable, along with various finance deals available for them, it’s certainly going to be another big modification for 2018. As companies like AirRex and Airlift Performance expand more and more – while also developing their performance setups for high-powered supercars – we’re sure to see more cars on air suspension throughout the show season this year. Don’t be surprised if you see more vintage cars rocking the systems in 2018 too…
4. Under-car neons
We’re sure this will divide opinion, but we think neons will be making a massive comeback in 2018. They enjoyed a spike in popularity back around 2001 thanks to the Fast and the Furious movie franchise, but then seemed to die off after a few years. We’ve already seen a bit of trend for neons in 2017, especially considering that they were pretty much non-existent on the UK scene in 2015 and 2016. But we reckon that neons will be coming back with a vengeance in the next couple of years.