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Lord McDonnell’s BMW i8 on Vossen Forged ML-R2 Wheels

Posted on August 14, 2018 by

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Long before the Porsche 991 GT3 on ML-R1s, he crashed the modified car world with this bagged BMW i8, but it wasn’t always this electrifying shade of purple, red (on LC-108Ts) or even matte black (on LC-104s). James “Lord” McDonnell’s BMW i8 (@lordmcdonnell) started its modified life with original white paint, loudly complemented by the Vossen Forged VPS-305T in brushed transparent Vossen Red. Over the years, James did an unbelievable job keeping the look fresh, with more styles than we can count on two hands, but the final stage of Lord McDonnell’s BMW i8 is surely a crowd favorite.

The dark violet metallic wrap, often mistaken for black, is brightened by the Vossen Forged ML-R2 wheel. Directional in design and manufactured in Vossen’s state-of-the-art, TÜV Verified forged wheel factory, the ML-R2s measure 22×9 in front and 22×10.5 in the rear. The full polish finish is contrasted by the wheels’ hand-brushed faces then tinted slightly with a transparent Light Smoke powder coat. Paired with an Accuair (@accuair) air suspension system devised and built by Danny at Slammered (@slammered), the Lord McDonnell BMW i8 effortlessly stood apart from the crowd for its lifetime in the car scene before being returned to stock and exchanged for a BMW X5 M.

Vossen Forged ML-R2 Wheel
Full Polished with Brushed Face
Transparent Light Smoke
22×9 Front / 22×10.5 Rear


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Sam Dobbins

Many years as an automotive photojournalist, with work published in countless worldwide publications, have led to Sam's role as Vossen's Creative Director, traveling around the world to document the culture of Vossen and its supporters.