Couture Auto was set up 4 years ago by 2 medical students, Nicolas Lim and Prasad Ellanti. Both avid car enthusiasts, the aim of the company was to provide performance car parts for similar like minded individuals. The company predominantly only did business with trade customers.
2003: VARIS Racing concepts and AC Autotechnic were signed on as suppliers. VARIS Racing concepts provided high quality carbon fibre bonnets and FRP aero styling for many Japanese cars. AC Autotechnics supplied 3D EL gauges for various cars and a large catalogue of aftermarket parts. Couture Auto was initially based in the JFK Industrial Estate.
2004: Restructuring within the company leads to a change in premises and direction of the company. A loyal customer base is built up. Early projects include a turbocharged Integra Type R DC2 transplant and one of the first modified Integra Type R DC5 in the Republic of Ireland. Purchase of our demo S2000 is made.
2005: Company moves premises to Dunboyne County Meath in the Barstown Commercial Park. 5Zigen appoints Couture Auto as the sole distributor of it’s lightweight alloy wheels, stainless steel exhaust systems, manifolds and other race products in the Reublic of Ireland. Redline oil makes a debut in the Republic of Ireland with all cars prepared by Couture Auto using it exclusively. ATS & Across carbon limited slip differentials, carbon clutches and gear kits are imported for the first time in the Ireland and sold exclusively through Couture Auto.
2006 : Apexera (Apexi) is signed on and appoint Couture Auto sole distributor in the Republic with unlimited distribution status in Europe and the UK. Ross pistons is signed on as a supplier for performance engine parts. HPI High Performance improvement supplies all the products that any drifter could possibly need. Meetings in Japan with numerous suppliers gives us direct partnerships with many companies that enable us to provide a direct import service at a very reasonable price compared to prices that people in Europe usually have to bear with. With over a hundred companies catered for, you can purchase almost anything for any Japanese Performance car from us. Garage facilities are set up with full fitting service offered for any product that is sold through us. Gone are the days that we have to subcontract for fitting of products that we sell.
2007: With the growth of the company, we are expanding our contacts in and around Europe with countries as far afield as Norway, France, the UK, Dubai and the Principality of Lichtenstein listed as dealers. We look forward with great anticipation to 2008.
2008: In order to provide accurate tuning advice, conduct R&D on various products in our workshop facilities in Dunboyne, we have expanded our premises and workshop to encompass the adjacent unit. The purchase of a Dyno Dynamics 450DS 4WD Chassis Dynamometer is made. Cars can be tuned and mapped in house. We are appointed distributors for the Rays wheels lineup, Cosworth Performance engine parts, Tein and Defi. Couture Auto become official dealers for Haltech and GEMS ECU options.
We currently have the ability to map the following ECU systems:
Apexi Power FC
HKS F Con
GReddy Emanage Blue
GReddy Emanage Ultimate (Silver)
Haltech Engine Management
At Couture Auto, home of Ireland’s fastest Time Attack EVO, customer care is our predominant concern. We pride ourselves in our customer service and attention to detail. Whether you drop in for some advice or have one of our advanced tuning packages fitted to your pride and joy, you can be assured of a personalized service catered to your individual needs.
Portfolio includes the following, Export, New Business Accounts, Trade Enquiries, Overseas purchasing and R&D.
Portfolio includes: Imports, Accounts, Slave driver and ‘person that makes sure everything goes according to plan.’
Portfolio includes : Wheels and Tyres, Mechanical Work, Repair of Alloy wheels.
Sometime race car driver, business manager, general retail and sales
Mechanical work, Race Preparation, Trouble Shooting