Underglow Is Cool and You Know It

Posted by

The ’90s and early 2000s are having a formidable comeback: low-rise jeans and tiny bags are back on the market, Bennifer is thriving, and girls are getting the Rachel haircut again. But what’s the automotive equivalent? It has to be underglow: the uber-cool effect achieved when you put neon lights under your car, popularized in particular by the Fast and Furious franchise. Say what you will about this trend, but you have to admit it’s a more refined way to modify your car than some alternatives. Honestly, we’re 100% here for it.

A New Kind of Throwback

So, you want to show your love for the auto trends of the ’90s, a decade of pop-up headlights, and having an actual full-sized phone inside your car. But how to go about it? Sure, you could demonstrate your love for the rap nineties by buying yourself a Bugatti EB110, but maybe you don’t have $2 million just lying around. For a much more cost-effective tribute to the era, why not turn to some simple but striking neon lights on the underside of your vehicle.

With this trend, you can show your support of everything the 1990s and early 2000s did best: cool-looking, funky stuff that might not have the most practical functions, but definitely make a statement. And unlike Justin Timberlake’s blonde noodle curls, there’s not much division to be found when it comes to this trend. It’s an eye-catching nod to the decade that doesn’t look tacky, and it’s unquestionably cool when you take your car out for a nighttime ride.

A More Modest Mod

This trend is the perfect mod for someone who wants to give their car a personal touch without going seriously overboard on the embellishments: giant wheels, huge spoilers, and even turning your car into a pool. While we have the utmost respect for the people turning their car into a turtle – yes, that really happened, and yeah, we support it – we know that those kinds of enormous customizations aren’t for everyone. A few lights allow you to keep your ride looking unique and your own while staying pretty subtle at the same time.

The O’Conner O’ffect

The Fast and Furious films gave us a lot of top-tier neon light moments, but who could forget the 1999 Nissan Skyline from 2 Fast 2 Furious? Paul Walker’s Brian O’Conner drives the R34 GT-R in a street race against Suki and Slap Jack. From a freshly aerodynamic design to tight suspension, the Nissan has a lot going for it – not to mention the fact it landed the bridge jump and won the race.

1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 from 2 Fast 2 Furious/Image Credit: Fandom

But in our opinion, nothing looked cooler or was more defining than that blue light coming from the Nissan’s underside. It featured heavily in the film as Brian headed to the race and lined up along the other cars. Notably, the blue was pretty much an exact color match with the car’s vinyl racing stripes. The result was one of the most distinctive and iconic cars in Fast & Furious history. Who wouldn’t want to emulate that with their own ride?

An Old Classic with a New Upgrade

Get excited, because the latest light kits have a contemporary touch that you’re going to want to get your hands on. Now lights can be controlled on your phone via Bluetooth, and the settings can be very comprehensive. Not only can you adjust brightness and customize preset styles, but most apps come with a full-color wheel so you can make your lights whatever shade you want. Match them to your surroundings, change them up as you enter a new neighborhood, or even let a passenger choose – it’s all up for grabs.

With so much ’90s and 2000s nostalgia in the air, it seems like a missed opportunity to not get your car in on the fun. No one can resist a neon glow at the best of times, let alone when it’s bouncing off the concrete as your drive, so why not try adding underglow to your ride? We’ll think you’re cool, and that’s all that matters. Check out more of our favorite car trends and news here.