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Igniting the EV Movement: Brett Hunsaker’s Striking Tesla Model Y Takes Center Stage

Brett Hunsaker’s Visionary EV Creation Takes the Car Scene by Storm

Las Vegas is known for its glitz and glamour, but hidden among the neon lights and bustling streets is a ground-breaking masterpiece turning heads in the local car scene and EV modification world. Meet “Karma,” a 2020 Tesla Model Y brought to life by the visionary builder Brett Hunsaker.

2020 Tesla Model Y
The visual impact of Karma is impossible to ignore with its mesmerizing brushed black steel wrap.

Brett has always been drawn to pushing the limits of automotive customization. So, with a background in mini-trucks and lifted rigs, he set out to infuse that unique style into an electric vehicle. And from the moment he laid eyes on a Tesla Model Y, he knew it would be the perfect canvas for his project.

As the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the same can be said about Brett’s remarkable build. The project began before the Tesla even arrived, albeit initially on a way less extreme level of modifications. With a few parts patiently waiting at home, Brett eagerly anticipated the moment he would be united with his ride. Little did he know at the time just how much this project would snowball.

Forged carbon and copper accents adorn the screen, console, and steering wheel, showcasing Karma’s attention to  detail and luxury.

Originally intended to be a slightly modified practical work car, it quickly became apparent that driving a close-to-stock vehicle was not in Brett’s DNA. Instead, the desire to transform the car into something unique and reflective of his style took hold. So, less than a 1,000 miles after taking delivery, the Las Vegan decided to go “all-in,” including dropping the Y to the ground with a never-seen-before air-ride setup.

Some might question why Brett chose a Model Y for his ambitious build, given the perception that SUVs inherently differ from more road-focused counterparts such as the Model S Plaid or Model 3 Performance. However, Brett is quick to dispel this notion. In his eyes, the Y is not fundamentally different from the 3; it does share a majority of parts—yet the Model Y, in general, had then been significantly less modified, especially in the air-ride department.

Karma is based on the Performance version of the Model Y, sporting a dual-motor setup; it delivers an insane 393kW/527hp and 660Nm/487 lb-ft. With a lightning-fast acceleration time of just 3.5 seconds from 0 to 60 mph, it merges the worlds of electrification, cool family wagon capabilities, and exhilarating performance.

From the moment you see Karma, you’re captivated by its brushed black steel wrap, meticulously applied by the talented hands of Mario Baratta at Madhouse Customs.

Every element of Karma’s exterior has been carefully curated to perfection, including the tinted headlights, Hansshow taillights, sleek carbon-fiber hood, and unique one-off honeycomb vinyl design on the glass roof—stunning from the inside and slightly reducing sunlight exposure—perfect for the Nevada desert climate.

The Y was supposed to be Brett’s work car, but that didn’t last long: He bagged it within 1,000 miles of delivery—and it snowballed from there!

Masterful Suspension

But Karma’s beauty isn’t just skin-deep. Brett turned to the skilled team at Shawn Robinson’s Old Man Customs for the chassis and suspension modifications to ensure the perfect balance between style and functionality. They worked tirelessly to create a unique setup, allowing Karma to be the first Model Y to lay its body on the ground. It consists of an Air Lift Performance air-ride system paired with Air Lift shocks, MPP upper control arms, and a custom sway bar—they guarantee an unrivaled smooth ride and superb control on twisty roads just outside Sin City. Last, hidden in the frunk, we find a custom-painted FLO air tank to match the wheels. It sits on custom fabricated mounts and is coupled to two Viair 480 air compressors, wrapped in the same vinyl as the car’s exterior.

To visually slam the Y even more, Brett opted for bumper lips and extensions, all wrapped in body color with a bright copper strip adorning the rear spoiler and side camera covers. Of course, a genuinely great car deserves equally impressive wheels, and Brett didn’t disappoint. Karma proudly rolls on custom-made, two-tone, 21-inch Electric Performance rims wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires, which provide excellent grip. The stock Brembo performance brakes have been meticulously painted in the striking copper hue. They are highlighted by BlamfLED off-road lighting wheel rings. For good measure, Brett coupled the latter with Lighting Trendz underglow and lights.

2020 Tesla Model Y

Inside Job

Stepping inside Karma reveals an interior that seamlessly blends luxury and innovation. Andrew Evens, Mike Rios at Fabricated LV, and Mario at Madhouse Customs worked their magic to transform the interior into an ultra-bright cocoon. The stock front seats received additional white leather back panels for a monochromatic finish, perfectly matching the center armrest, dashboard finisher, and the plethora of painted plastic trims. Door card inserts, ceiling, and pillar trims were elegantly wrapped in white suede. Then comes the piece de resistance: the custom-made steering wheel from Unleashed Customs. It sports white perforated leather and forged carbon and perfectly complements the interior’s flashy-yet-classy ambiance.

Carbon fiber additions add sportiness, while Hansshow taillights create a unique lilghting signature.

Karma’s interior isn’t just about comfort; it’s a symphony of sound. Brett spared no expense in creating an audio system that surpassed expectations. Two 10-inch Wolfram Audio subs, housed in a custom-tuned box, deliver chest-thumping bass, accompanied by a Wolfram 3500.1 sub amp and two Arc Audio 4-channel amps. In addition, the Audio Control DSP 810, housed in a custom-lit, molded amp rack, ensures precise control over every note, even when cranked to 11.

White and Orange interior on a 2020 Tesla Model Y


Karma has already left an indelible mark on the modified OEM EV scene. Unforgettable experiences and numerous appearances at prestigious events have marked the journey of this unique EV build. Brett has showcased his creation at the Tesla Takeover twice in California, the Lone Star Throwdown in Texas, and multiple shows in Utah. However, it is in Las Vegas where his masterpiece has left an enduring mark, racking up an impressive collection of awards, including the coveted “Best of Show.” This build has also garnered recognition at Mint Truck style shows, securing multiple top 50 and 30 medals.

Custom Tesla audio
Karma’s custom audio system features two Wolfran subs, a custom-tuned box, and an illuminated amp rack.

Coming from a background rooted in mini-trucks, Brett aimed to infuse that distinct style into a Tesla, creating a one-of-a-kind fusion. However, as with any ambitious project, challenges were bound to arise. Brett’s passion, dedication, and the support of his club affiliation, Relaxed Atmosphere, became his best allies in overcoming these obstacles. The audio system design and installation were particularly tricky.

Along the way, Brett discovered some invaluable tips. Planning and anticipating potential issues proved instrumental in avoiding costly and time-consuming rework. The importance of doing things right the first time, even if it meant a slightly higher initial investment, became evident as he encountered the complexities of redoing certain aspects—then again, haven’t we all over the years?

Brett emphasizes the significance of having a clear end-goal in mind. Undertaking substantial modifications as a collective effort, rather than piecemeal changes, helps streamline the process and ensures a cohesive final product. In addition, it is crucial to pay attention to how each modification affects the overall functionality of the vehicle. He has certainly perfected the art of modifying a Tesla.

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Owner: Brett Hunsaker

  • Location: Las Vegas
  • Year, Make, Model: 2020 Tesla Model Y
  • Vehicle Name: Karma
  • Club Affiliation: Relaxed Atmosphere
  • Build Time: One year
  • Cost to Build: $35,000 + base vehicle
  • Occupation: Self-employed (real estate)

Motor & Drivetrain 

  • Horsepower: 393kW/527hp
  • Torque: 660Nm/487 lb-ft
  • Voltage: 400 volts
  • 0 to 60 time: 3.2 seconds
  • Quarter-mile time: 11.9 seconds

Battery System & charger

  • Highway Range: WLTP 303 miles
  • DC Fast Charging: 250kW


  • Installation Shop: Shawn Robinson at Old Man Customs
  • Chassis: Custom fabbed to be the first to lay the body on a Model Y
  • Rear Suspension: MMP rear camber arms
  • Control Arms: MPP upper control arms
  • Air-ride System: Air Lift Performance
  • Air Management System: Air Lift Performance (with custom face plate)
  • Shocks: Airlift Performance
  • Track Bar: Custom sway bar end links
  • Other: FLO air tank (custom painted to match the wheels with custom fabricated mount), Viair dual 480 air compressors wrapped in the same vinyl as the exterior of the car

Wheels, Tires & Brakes 

  • Front Rims: Electric Performance wheels 21×9 two-piece (custom two-tone color)
  • Front Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4 in 255/30R21
  • Rear Wheels: Electric Performance wheels 21×10.5 two-piece (custom two-tone color)
  • Rear Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4 in 255/30R21
  • Front and Rear Brakes: Stock Brembo Performance with custom copper paint


  • Color: Brushed black steel wrap by Avery Denison
  • Wrap Installer: Mario Baratta at Madhouse Customs
  • Bumpers: Stock, with lip and extensions and wrapped
  • Headlights: Tinted
  • Taillights: Hansshow
  • Glass: Ceramic tinted
  • Body Kit: Rear skirt
  • Other: Carbon fiber hood and carbon fiber rear wing. Lighting Trendz underglow and BlamfLED off-road lighting wheel rings


  • Install Shop: Andrew Evens and Mike Rios at Fabricated LV and Mario at Madhouse Customs
  • Seats: Stock white with added rear white leather, along with white suede wraps on the ceiling and pillars
  • Gauges: Wrapped screen and dash pieces and console in copper and forged carbon
  • Steering Wheel: Unleashed customs in white leather and forged carbon
  • Radio Head Unit: Stock
  • Subwoofers: Two 10-inch Wolfram subs custom-tuned box and lighted with design features
  • Amplifiers: One Wolfram 3500.1 sub amp, two Arc Audio 4-channel amps, audio control, DSP 810 in a custom-lit and molded amp rack
  • Speakers: Amplified stock speakers and JY Power lithium battery
  • Custom-made ceiling design in a honeycomb pattern
  • Steering column wrapped in forged carbon
  • Matching floor mats

Sponsors and Special Thanks:

  • Sponsors: Old Man Customs Fabricated LV, Madhouse Customs, JY Power, BamfLED off-road lighting, and Wolfram audio
  • Thanks: First to my wife Kelli for being so supportive of my hobby, my Relaxed Atmosphere family, Shawn Robison, Andrew Evens, Mario Baretta, Travis Young