While the more obvious main attraction of the St. Petersburg Festivals of Speed is the collection of exotic cars, ranging from Lamborghini Aventadors to McLaren MP4-12Cs, a long list of modified cars makes a show like this full of surprises.
Case in point is the fully carbon fiber 1982 Porsche 911 SC (above). OK, so it’s mostly a wrap job (sorry to get your hopes up) but the hood is genuine carbon fiber and thanks to additional weight savings measures this track machine does weigh just 2,319 lbs.
Adding to the list of vehicles worth further investigation was a Lamborghini Diablo equipped with NOS, as well as an Audi R8 that’s been modified by Stasis Engineering, fitting a supercharger to the big V10 engine. And let’s not forget a custom widebody Lotus Esprit with 335 rear tires.
The Cobra replicars of Backdraft Racing also held numerous surprises. For starters, a black and blue model on display sported Ford’s new 5.0-liter V8 engine from the Mustang GT. The most extreme car, however, was a black and gold model rated at 605 hp at the wheels. There’s more to this story though with a company rep telling us that the engine being used is actually one of the official development motors used by Ford in the making of the 2013 Shelby GT500.
Check out all the photos below and be sure to visit out post on the exotic cars on display here.