Some say repetition is the key to success and MC Customs is proof positive that it works. Jhulio Tadeo and his crew pride their business on building client relationships and providing a finished product that their customers are 100% satisfied with. One such customer is MLB player Felix Hernandez. As his go-to shop, Tadeo handles all of Hernandez’s automotive needs, while also building a lasting friendship. Whenever Hernandez gets a new ride, Tadeo is the first one he calls for all his mods. This is also the second time we have featured one of Felix Hernandez’s rides on the cover.
Recently, Tadeo worked on Hernandez’s Ferrari 458 that screams sexiness! “This complete widebody kit was designed and hand-built by us,” he mentions. “Felix wanted to be the only one in the world to have this styling. He didn't want a kit that anyone can purchase; he wanted to be unique, so we decided to redesign the complete vehicle.” And when a client requests uniqueness, that’s exactly what MC Customs delivers. Tadeo went out of his way to make sure Hernandez drove around in a one-of-a-kind custom 458 and reworked the Ferrari’s perfect body and accentuating the sexiness of its lines.
“This car has everything…” he describes. “A redesigned exterior, interior, full audio upgrade, Novitec suspension with front lift, Savini Wheels, 1016 industry ECU upgrade, custom exhaust… the works!” But Tadeo’s favorite mod is the eye-catching yellow pearl coat exterior paint they sprayed it with to make sure that Hernandez elicited enamorous looks wherever he rolled in his Ferrari. Well accustomed to working with such delicate exotics, Tadeo’s only challenge was the time crunch he was given. “Building something like this takes a lot of time and patience to make sure everything looks right and fits,” he says. “Felix was very patient with us because he knew when it was done it was going to be out of this world. In the end, Hernandez couldn’t believe how his Ferrari turned out. We certainly surpassed his expectations.” Since Hernandez paid to have a completely one-off look, Tadeo won’t be creating this kind of kit ever again, adding that he’s respecting Hernandez’s wish for being 100% unique.
“It was hyped up for a long time among MLB ball players ’cause they all knew we were working on the project,” Tadeo explains. “Felix is more than a client he's like my brother…and I myself put a lot of time and energy into this build. Probably more than any other build we had ever done. It was special to me for many reasons, but above all it was special because the person I was building it for means a lot to me and my whole crew; and when you build something with love and emotion, its completion is a great blessing. That's what we considered this build to be - a blessing!”
2013 Ferrari 458 Italia
21x9 (front) and 22x12 (rear) Savini Forged SV55-D Duoblock wheels
255/30R21 (front) and 335/25R22 (rear) Pirelli P Zero tires
Novitec Rosso hydraulic front axle adjustment with sport suspension spring kit
GT HAUS Meisterschaft exhaust system
1016 Industries ECU upgrade
Hand-built, one-off designed widebody
Custom yellow pearl coat finish from PPG
Reupholstered interior with with yellow cross stitch and carbon accents with custom center and roof consoles
Passport radar detector
JL Audio custom audio upgrade