Then there was the Black Widow Ford Mustang body kit that led to a collaboration with Ford, as Tampi was given the chance to transform a few of their vehicles for promotional purposes. Created by Tampi in an age where imports reigned supreme, his success turned out to be his downfall, as everyone started to copy his kits, forcing Ivan to take a sabbatical from the industry he loved so much to re-evaluate his goals.
But after seven years away, it was time for Tampi to make his comeback, choosing the 2014 SEMA Show to debut his new widebody kit for the BMW Z4. At the show, he noticed the allure of the, then, freshly redesigned 2014 Corvette and was inspired to create a new kit that would accentuate the body lines while providing an eye-catching mod. “I have a background in Mustangs and created a rendering that blended features of both for the current model Corvette, placed it on social media and had an amazing response,” he details. With so much interest in his render, Tampi spent the following year hard at work to finish three examples of his XIK Wide Body kit before the next SEMA show.