United Arab Emirates: Opulent modifications
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is home to Dubai, one of the ‘most extra’ cities on the planet – which makes standing out a bit difficult.
Furthermore, in 2017 the UAE updated their road safety laws, with a focus on car modifications.33 Depending on the modification you wish to make to your car, you’ll need to request permission from the UAE licence department to get the car registered.
This makes car modification a bit more complicated. It’s still possible to modify your car to stand out, but what can you do in the UAE now they’ve updated their laws?
Modifications that don’t require governmental approval:
• replacing the car seats
• entertainment system
• adding a bumper
• modifying the radiator
• ignition system alterations
• wheel rims
• installing roof racks
• intake manifold and air intake filter
• adding or replacing a spoiler
Modifications that do require governmental approval:
• engine upgrades
• hood and canopy modifications
• seating arrangement and number of seats
• transmission changes
• chassis modifications
• adding or replacing the bull bar
• exhaust system modifications
• suspension modifications
There’s a lot that can be done, so long as an application is submitted and alterations are kept within the scope of the law. For example, modifying the exhaust is allowed so long as it doesn’t affect the vehicle’s emissions or make the engine louder than 95 decibels.33
Following UAE guidelines, our concept design involves both modifications that don’t need written approval and some that do.
For example, scoop and hood modifications are allowed so long as they don’t affect driver visibility,34 and bodywork is allowed so long as edges on any grills, curves and body panels are blunted, so we’ll definitely have some cool upgrades to the bodywork.
Additionally, we’ll add a spoiler, neon under-glow lights, and some slick spinning chrome wheel rims (also known as floating rims, which turn independently of the wheels). While we could also give the car a new paint job, we could instead replace some of the body panels with carbon fibre (or at least make it look like carbon fibre with a body wrap).
Carbon fibre has a unique look thanks to how it’s made, but might not cut it if we want to show off in Dubai. However, it’s possible to have a marbled carbon fibre body – a particularly expensive and flashy bit of bodywork. This was shown off by Mansory Design & Holding GmbH on a modified Bugatti Chiron, dubbed the Mansory Centuria, at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show.35
And, because we can, we’ll add some extra spotlights out the front, even though they don’t really go with the overall vibe of the car. But this is the UAE, and we want our design to stand out.