It’s incredible to think that we initially launched a boot lining kit way back in 2004, after I (Andy) had made one for my own Classic Mini and a fellow TMF member said "that looks great, can you make me one?”. The boot liner was the beginning of Optimise Automotive, it was the first item I developed, the first item I released for sale and the first inkling and inspiration behind the process of turning my pass time into a career.
From day 1 our boot liners have lead the market and we have continually developed the range, to keep on top of the game.
Back in the olden days (circa 2008 to 2012) we would regularly be commissioned to create bespoke leatherette boot lining kits, this trend then near enough disappeared until late 2019, when out of the blue we have been receiving a high number of requests for leatherette boot liners.
As a result, last October (October 2021) we made the decision to add a leatherette option to our boot lining kit range.
This was music to my ears, as I’ll always have a special affiliation to the boot lining kit (as mentioned above, it’s where this journey started) and they will forever be my favourite item.
As I start to write this development blog on the 4th July 2022 we are several months into the research & development stages, having initially spent a considerable amount of time researching “what you want” and then progressing with the mechanical design development (ensuring that everything works correctly).
Developing a leatherette trimmed kit isn’t simply a case of trimming our carpet kit boards in a leatherette, the kit needs many modifications & alterations to allow for different material thicknesses and trimming features. Testing the kits to iron out fitment problems with piping rubbing and imprinting on panels has been a longer process than we hoped, but an essential process to ensure the quality of our kits.
We don’t need to bore you with further details and the process of mechanical design, as you can tell from the photos below, it’s not very interesting.
Anyway, I’m pleased to announce that we are now happy with the mechanical design aspects of the kits and we are finally ready to progress with the design development process.
From concept to launch, over the course of the next month or so, you will be able to follow our journey, as we design, develop and launch our new range of leatherette Classic Mini boot lining kits.
Make sure you check back here regularly for updates and also to take a look behind the scenes, as we work our magic, across our social media:
Have a great day.
Andy & the Optimise Automotive team