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Thursday, 02 April 2015 00:00

Tyrese: Ghost Sprinter

Written by Kristie Bertucci Photos: Brian McGee
Tyrese Gibson is known for his music and his movies, but now he wants to add vehicle customizer to his list of titles. The Fast and Furious franchise star has lately taken an interest in Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans and is looking to create specialized models for those with discerning tastes.



Tyrese got his first Sprinter van in May of last year and has since then been very vocal on social media about his love for the luxury van, with many Instagram photos devoted to his unique Sprinter that was specially modeled after a Rolls-Royce Ghost. He’s chronicled many of his luxurious rides with famous friends like Game, Ludacris, Floyd Mayweather, The Rock and more on his many social media accounts, always praising his custom.



Entirely his concept, Tyrese enlisted the help of Jack Chalmers of Kansas City-based Chalmers Automotive, aka the Van Masters, who was more than up to the challenge to make his vision for an over-the-top Sprinter a reality. “I basically kept all the elements of a Rolls-Royce Ghost, but wanted to go with a Sprinter van as the platform,” he says. “So all the luxury of a Ghost was transferred to the customized Sprinter van. I really wanted to be different and wanted something that I’d be more than comfortable rolling in, whether it was on a date, going to Vegas, taking the kids out – whatever.”



“He was looking for an automotive designer to collaborate with that would work closely with him and design and build his vision,” Chalmers details. “He wanted to build a vehicle that looked less like a Mercedes-Benz and more like the Rolls-Royces he loves. So when he drove up in it, people would say WTF is that?” Tyrese knew that the build would be a challenge, but also knew that if it came out right, it would be a real game changer. He relayed his vision to Chalmers in detail, working side-by-side with him to get everything perfect. “[Van Masters] really know how to accommodate their clients, and I just went through all the details I wanted on it and let them work their magic. But I knew about what was happening every step of the way. I made a few visits to their shop and would Facetime a lot throughout the duration of the build. Even though it was something that had never been done before, they really knocked it out of the park.”



The one-of-a-kind ride seats eight passengers comfortably and features premium amenities and accents that you’d expect from a Rolls-Royce vehicle. Birdseye Maple wood with a 4-step polyurethane high-gloss finish was used throughout its interior, with the finish alone taking weeks to complete. A state-of-the-art JL Audio sound and video system is used to entertain guests, complete with TV screens on the sides and back of the interior. The suede star ceiling is lined with hundreds of lights and sets the ambience within the luxurious ride.



So that Tyrese can easily control all of the van’s coolest features, Chalmers created a one-of-a-kind RIT system to fit his needs. “The features and benefits of this system are too many to actually name,” Chalmers adds. “I basically runs the entire vehicle from his iPad or smartphone.” And to make it look like a Rolls-Royce Ghost on the exterior, Chalmers created a one-off Ghost grille and hood cowls and made special Ghost Sprinter badging.



“The overall energy of the Ghost Sprinter is strong and good. Everybody that gets in it gets hyped up about all of its features. It’s like a private plane on wheels and it really provides a first-class experience for everyone. All of my friends love getting in it for road trips or just to hang out. Man, everybody from Busta Rhymes to Jamie Foxx…there’s too many A-listers to name, but at this point, they all want their own Sprinter Vans.” And many of them have already talked to Chalmers for their very own RR Ghost Sprinters. Tyrese loved his first one so much that back in February, he couldn’t stop talking about his newest ride – a special Voltran Rolls-Royce Ghost Sprinter that builds upon his last one. The newest addition to his garage includes Voltran decals that further denote the specialized Sprinter.



Sources:
Chalmers Automotive
www.chalmersautomotive.com
@vanmasters IG
@chalmersauto Twitter
facomebook.c/chalmersauto

Tyrese
@Tyrese IG and Twitter
www.tyreseonline.com

JL Audio
www.jlaudio.com

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