Waiting for the Right Moment

Finding the right car to start modifying can be quite the struggle, as any enthusiast will tell that cars are money pits. Quality parts generally cost much more and exclusive parts can be nearly impossible to find. Because of this many refuse to settle and hold out in the pursuit for the “perfect build” and continue to wait for the right moment to make these purchases. Recently we had the pleasure to meet up with Arizona native, Ivan Jacobo, to discuss his BMW E46 M3 build. When we first saw the car we knew right away that it had to featured, it was easy to see that each part had been meticulously picked to complement the next.

Question & Answer:

SR: Whats your name?

IJ: Ivan Jacobo

SR: What do you do for a living?

IJ: I cook for a living, I started my own food truck ( 319 the truck) last year but we got rear ended and totaled 3 days before the Superbowl this year. So now im doing private contracted chef work, until I decide what will be my next step.

SR: What do you drive?

IJ: BMW E46 M3 Hardtop Vert

SR: How long you have had the car?

IJ: Ive owned the car for a little over two years, but I decide to mod it about 6 months ago.

SR: Why did you chosse the plat from you did?

IJ: After playing need for speed when I was younger and seeing the m3 e46, it quickly became one of my favorite cars. I choose the convertible version because I liked it really. To me there are 3 different M3 E46 body styles, vert, coupe and hardtop convertible. I just like the way the car looks with the hardtop and if you want to go top down, all you have to is remove the hardtop to enjoy the weather.

SR: How long has the build been underway?

IJ: I wanted to get the build going as soon as i got the car. But decided to wait and do some maintenance work first and save for the right parts I wanted.

SR: Favorite part about the build/car?

IJ: My favorite part about the build is the fact that it got me back into cars. And ive meet and became friends with so many cool people.

SR: Hardest part about the build?

IJ: Hardest part about the build was definitely waiting to be able to afford the parts I really wanted to be honest.

SR: Future plans?

IJ: The mods that will get done in the next two months are, gold rose harness-bar, industry garage rear flares, custom front fenders and the wheels will get rebuild to 18×14 w/ 7″ lips in the back and 18×10.5 w/ 3.5″ in front gold flake center brushed lips and black hardware. And hopefully after some boost and bbk maybe a color swap.

SR: Anything you would change?

IJ: If I could change anything it would be my front lip choice Ive broken a total of 4 now, and I keep buying the same one every time. Shows how much Ive learned.

SR: Who has helped with the build?

IJ: The whole build was done with friends from StoopidLow or ABMWGroup. Jayar fernandez helped me source and pick my wheel combo, Ric Guerrero and Bryant Nguyen rolled my fenders to fit the wheels as well as coilover install and dialing the fitment.(StoopidLow)

AZBMWGroup: Tofy Alshammary helped me with all the stance questions as he already had his M3 stanced. Amr Abdin and Marv Martinez were my go to guys when it came to advice on installing parts and getting recommendations on parts.

SR: Special thanks?

IJ:  All the guys Ive mentioned above they are the real MVP’s!

Mod List:

  • Khoalty CSL one piece carbon fiber lip
  • Vorsteiner carbon fiber CSL rear diffuser
  • Oem LED lights
  • Custom Josh Avery rear splitter
  • Custom side skirt extensions with fins
  • BC racing coilovers
  • SPC performance rear camber arms
  • Work meister s1 3p wheels (18×9 +34 2in lip fronts and 18×12 +21 5in lip rears)
  • Custom rear backseat delete
  • Status Racing Icon carbon fiber and suede race seats
  • Sparco floor mounts
  • Schroth racing harness
  • Supersprint race exhaust


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Images provided by Cody Gephart







Fresh New Status Racing Seats

We just got these pictures from our makers in Washington. These pictures were taken right before the seats were going to be shipped out. This is why we love doing what we do. How many cars will you see with White and gray seats, almost none. These ultrasuede dreams are one-of-a-kind. You can create and share your own one-of-a-kind creation using our revolutionary racing seat configurator. We want to have a little fun with this post and get your opinion on what kind of car you think these are going in.

We aren’t going to ruin the surprise, we want you to guess what kind of car these seats are going in? Post your vote below in the comment section or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram @thestatusracing.




STÄTUS Hits the Shoreline in a Sexy Evo X

This is an awesome photoshoot we got from a customer. The car seem so out of place but, so in-place at the same time. It’s like the new meets the old. The sand softens the look of the car and the hard edges and bold colors give the beach life. This car’s look is screaming in the middle of no where. It’s so loud and yet there’s no one around to hear it. The eeriness of the shoot is awesome for the car. We see shoots all the time of cars like this in fast-pace cityscapes, with tall building hard concrete streets, etc. This scene give so much more than the “traditional” shoot does. So to Thomas Cristiano Valmonte Y Alicante we say thank you for giving us the contemporary contrast of this photoshoot, and thanks for reppin’ our seats!

Let us know what you think of car, photo shoot and or the seats on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Sneak Peek of new STÄTUS backing

The idea behind the name STÄTUS is that every car that has a set of our seats, becomes a STÄTUS symbol. People who buy STÄTUS are trailblazers in the tuning industry. We make our seats completely customizable so you can make your seats, as unique as your car. As we grow, we always push the limits and go to the creative edge to please our customers. Today we are proud to announce that we demolished the limit and leaped over the creative edge. Without further adieu, here is the newest STÄTUS Racing Carbon Fiber backing.



There was some fallout when we announced that we had a limited number of Kevlar seat backs left. What we didn’t make clear, was we were already in the process of upgrading and expanding the different type of backings we offer. We have been looking and testing different styles of fabric. The only way to expand as a company is find out what works and what doesn’t. The kevlar got a lot of hype but not a lot of sales. We hope that if our STÄTUS family likes our new carbon fiber backings, they’ll invest in a set of their own. The seats we sell tell us what people like and don’t like. We are really excited to be the only company to offer such a one-of-a-kind carbon fiber backing.



To make your own custom STÄTUS Racing Seats check out our online configurator. We envision this hexagonal, carbon fiber backing, in a black or white C63, a gray GT-R, or in a super sexy gunmetal lambo. What kind of car do you see them in? Win a set of STÄTUS stickers by telling us what kind of car you would put these in. Feel free to add what kind of fabric, stitching and color seats you would install with the new backing. Tell us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram @thestatusracing.

The Perfect Seats for a Custom Car

This is one of our favorite custom creations. Everything about this car is unique, starting with its’ name. These STÄTUS seats found a home in a girls SAABaru. A Saabaru 9-3 is essentially a Subaru in Saab clothing. Her car is also unique in that it is wrapped with white gator skin. To top off the custom outside she chose to install two Kevlar backed ring seats with white logo and blue top stitch. This will be an on-going update as we will receive more pictures from her as she continues to build. Until then, here’s her piece of art as of yet. What do you think of the carbon kevlar backs?




Go online and configure your own set of custom status seats. Check back for updates on this custom build. If you have seats of your own you want to show off, post them on Facebook, Twitter @thestatusracing, or Instagram @thestatusracing.

Stanced Honda S2000 Sporting BBS Wheels and Status Seats

Just got fowarded a gang load of photos from this Honda S2000 photoshoot and we must say it is pretty sick.  Sporting the infamously flush look with some BBS RS wheels, the black Honda S2000 is also equipped with a set of Status seats.  Always a favorite in the Honda crowd, both the Status Hockenheim and Status GT-X are great for narrow fitment cars.  Enjoy the photos!

Status Ring GT Installed in Track Porsche 996 Carrera

Its the new year and Status Racing is cranking out some cool new seats!  We just had this customer install a pair of Status Ring GT FRP black cloth seats in his Porsche 996 Carrera.  This dedicated track car features a roll bar, upgraded suspension, Nitto tires, ECU Tune, intake, and exhaust.  We only snapped a pic of the important part.  Enjoy!

Porsche 996 Carrera with Black Cloth FRP Ring GT Seats

BMW E46 3 Series with Black Leather Carbon Ring Seats

We love the updates from our sponsored driver Chase Donnolly’s BMW E46 3 Series.  The supercharged machined is so modified to the T it is constantly turning heads.  But with a little bias, what is the hot part are these customer Status Racing Icon seats.  The carbon fiber back Ring GT seats feature the black leather jacket with the traditional white Status Racing logo.  Inset is our highest quality black alcantara for a final touch.  Check out more pics of his ride on our Status Racing Gallery Here.

Chase BMW E436 3 Series with Status Ring Seats

Chase BMW 3 Series with Status Ring Leather Seats

Crossover Asia Bad Boy Audi TT with Status Ring

Dubbed the Crossover Concept Desert Diamond, this Audi TT comes to us from Taiwan where VW and Audi tuning is VERY popular.  This car is outfitted with some Status Ring seats featuring custom orange logo and black alcantara.  Not much in words on this one, just amazing photos!  Check out the full gallery on Facebook Here.

Concept Crossover Audi TT with Status Ring

Concept Crossover Audi TT with Status Ring

Concept Crossover Audi TT with Status Ring

Fresh Carbon Fiber Ring Seats in BMW Show Ride

One of our recent sponsored drivers sent us these photos of his Status Ring GT seats installed in his show winning BMW 3 Series.  The Ring seats feature black leather with a stitched logo, alcantara centers, and tan stitching.  These are some of the first carbon fiber shells that are made in the USA and they offset his supercharged machine nicely.  Check out the pics and dont forget to CONFIGURE YOUR SEAT here.

Black Leather, Alcantara Center, Tan Stitching, Carbon Fiber Ring GT

Black Leather, Alcantara Center, Tan Stitching, Carbon Fiber Ring GT

Black Leather, Alcantara Center, Tan Stitching, Carbon Fiber Ring GT

Black Leather, Alcantara Center, Tan Stitching, Carbon Fiber Ring GT