Lexy Martinez 2015 Lexus RC350
There’s not a big RC community where I live, and the ones that are here all look the same. When I first bagged my car, there were quite a few people who were upset that I “destroyed” the car. But then I started getting posted by Airlift, Ferrada, Bag Riders, Fitment Industries and even Vivid Racing. I realized there’s still not any RC’s that are quite like mine.
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2015 Lexus RC350
My name is Rosalia, but most people just call me Lexy. I’m 21 years old and I’m a licensed cosmetologist. I own my own company, innoV8 Beauty, where I offer luxury nail services as well as handmade cosmetics and skincare products. Prior to that, I owned my own automotive performance shop while in college in Houston, T Rex Tuning, and specialized in ECU tuning for GM and JDM vehicles. I went from automotive to cosmetology when I realized cars are more of a hobby for me— I started losing track of building my S2000 since I was investing so much time into other builds. I decided to step back and start a new path in an industry I’m passionate about, while still incorporating cars into my business.
What or who got you into cars?
My mom and dad met while they were street racing in Albuquerque in the early ’90s. At the time my dad had a stock 1991 Honda CRX, and over time built it into one of the country’s fastest N/A cars in the country. A lot of my childhood was spent inside my dad's old shop with his workers vinyl wrapping my nails or airbrushing temporary tattoos on me, or travelling around the country to different car shows that my mom was organizing, or to different drag racing events like IFO, H Day, TX2k/SupraNationals, Cash Days, etc.
My parents put aside the racing after my brother and I got into school, but for my 15th birthday, I told my dad I wanted to have my party at Albuquerque Dragway and I wanted the CRX to make a comeback. He said very jokingly that if I got the car running, he would make it happen. So 14, almost 15 years old, I decided to reach out to his old friends to ask questions, read every online forum, watching countless videos online about getting this car running. Before I knew it, I was tuning his car at 14 years old, getting it ready for the track. The day at the track really reestablished my love for cars and the way they brought my family together. I ended up opening T Rex Tuning 2 short years later after I jumped into the industry after following my dad's footsteps.
Why did you choose this car?
Funny story, I was actually in the market for a Porsche Cayenne, Mercedes GLK or a Range Rover and I had never heard of an RC350 until the day I bought mine. I went to a dealership with a hefty down payment and was aiming for a vehicle that could be my reliable daily to help me lug around all of my cosmetology supplies since my S2000 was far too small. When I drove into the dealership, I saw the RC and was like “oh I like that car” but the salesman was like “ma'am, that is the exact opposite of what you are looking for.” So I just went past it.
After test driving all of the vehicles on my list, I just wasn’t impressed. I insisted on driving the RC. The moment I sat in the driver's seat, I knew it was my car. I test drove it and had the time of my life. The windy roads near the dealership made it easy to fall in love with the handling of the car and I ended up buying it and told myself I wasn’t going to modify it at all because it really didn’t NEED mods. But here we are!
What made you customise this car?
I was in the midst of building my s2000 and came to a bit of a standstill. I had some money leftover and was about to pay off the Lexus so I eventually decided to bag it. I started out window shopping but ended up buying a whole Airlift 3P kit. I was fortunate enough to get a pretty good hookup on my wheels, so I suddenly just needed tires. Each time I bought something, I had another thing I wanted to buy for it. With it being a luxury vehicle, my goal was to modify it like a luxury vehicle. The body lines on the RC are so visually appealing, you really don’t need a lot to be done. After owning the car for almost 4 years, it’s finally gotten to a point where I’m happy with it still being my daily driver.
What does it feel like owning this car?
Every time I look at my car, I’m still shocked it’s actually my car. I was 18 when I first got it and paid it off when I was 20. The surreal feeling didn’t hit me until I got the title in my hand with my name on it. To me, my car is a reflection of my hard work and ambition. I remember seeing nice cars when I was young and thinking “wow these people have to make MONEY money.” But I made one goal after another and now I have kids coming up to me asking how the heck I bought this car and modified it so young. I looked back and realized “man, I’m all grown up now” and I can’t help but think that a 15-year-old me would be so proud of who I am now, along with all of the things I’ve accomplished.
What makes it unique?
There’s not a big RC community where I live, and the ones that are here all look the same. When I first bagged my car, there were quite a few people who were upset that I “destroyed” the car. But then I started getting posted by Airlift, Ferrada, Bag Riders, Fitment Industries and even Vivid Racing. I realized there’s still not any RC’s that are quite like mine. I truly think the simplicity of my car makes it stand out. If you’re not a car enthusiast, you might look and say “oh, nice car.” But if you are a car enthusiast, it’ll definitely make you do a double-take as I drive by.
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- 3.5L V6
- NIA Auto Design full Carbon Fiber Splitter Kit
- Carbon Fiber accents
- Remark Stainless Double Wall Axleback Exhaust
- Ferrada FR3 staggered
- Airlift 3P
- OEM Lexus
I've done the majority of work on this car myself, but Ivan with Starion Solutions (@starion_solutions) in San Antonio got my airlift done perfectly. I also had my friend Mando (@Daku_Saido) help out with installing the side skirts.
I’ve always been mechanically inclined because of my parents, but I love bringing friends into the mix because not only does it make more memories, but to me, it adds more value to the modifications because people I care about being able to be a part of my biggest passion. I’ve had a few friends along the way who have come to just hang out while I work on the car so they can learn, and teaching others is one of my favourite things to do.
I have plans to do a Pandem Widebody kit on my s2000, so I may end up getting a Pandem kit for this too. Next on my list though is a set of 3 piece wheels I’ve been having my eye on. From there, I just plan to dress up the engine bay a little bit to make it more visually appealing rather than just stock.
Do it. Whether you get the RCF, RC350, RC300, all RC’s are fun to drive. I’ve actually convinced 2 friends to buy RC’s and they both love them. They’re easy to work on, fun to drive and easy to diagnose when issues come up. If you’re mechanically inclined, just do the work yourself and don’t pay the tax at the dealership. I was fortunate enough to get the car with only one previous owner and a clean carfax, so I wasn’t really worried about any underlying issues prior to purchasing.
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What did the car scene bring you?
Since I’ve always been in the car scene, it’s brought me good times and bad. But the good times always outweigh the bad. I’ve met so many people that have impacted my life so much, and I’ve learned a lot about not only cars but life itself. I learned to not care about anyone’s opinion and to live unapologetically because, at the end of the day, my car is in my garage.
I have 3 dream cars, S15 Silvia, Corvette ZR1 and ‘63 Stingray.
I had a daughter but unfortunately lost her at an early age, and her name was Silvia. I had always had a spot in my heart for 240s but the balance of elegance and aggression from the S15 is impeccable. As far as the corvettes, corvettes have molded their way into my heart after I had my shop. The ZR1 would be my racecar, my streetcar, and the stingray would be my summer weekend car while I’m on my way to cars and coffee with my family.
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