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How do you make a Ferrari F430 really bad ass? You cover it with a leather and tattooed cowhide.
The work of French artist Phillipe Pasqua, this masterpiece features Japanese motifs of sea and serpents, alongside Pasqua’s signature skulls. The really hard part must have been applying the cowhide to the supercar – working around the mirror edges, side lower skirting, pretty much anywhere the surfacing is uneven is sure to have been difficult, but Pasqua makes it work. Underneath the leather, the Ferrari F430 is apparently unmodified, so there’s nothing to distract for the exquisite tattoo art.
If you happen to be in Paris, this piece of automotive art is on display at the artist’s solo show at the Galerie Laurent Strouk until mid-January.
[Source: Born Rich]
Dartz FR is taking the world by storm with their amazing wrap jobs, with their recent chrome red Bugatti Veyron catching our eye. This time around, they’ve taken a Ferrari F430 and wrapped the entire exterior with black leather vinyl.
Yep, forget matte black, this 4.3L V8-equipped Italian exotic now roams the streets garnering plenty of looks and stares thanks to its unique finish. The F430 project was a collaboration between Dartz FR and MS Motors, one of their partners in car sales and custom parts.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen leather-wrapped cars, having spotted this leather-wrapped BMW X6 in the past. We’re certain it won’t be the last either, but we’re curious as to when (not if) this “craze” will hit the Stateside and how popular it’ll become.
[Source: GT Spirit]
GALLERY: Dartz Leather Wrapped Ferrari F430
There’s a saying we use often when we see projects come to life: “Great concept, poor execution.” Very rarely do we run into a situation where a project is a poor concept with great execution. But that’s exactly what this Toyota Celica is.
Signal Auto is also known as Signal Kustom Built and is one of the top car builders out in Indonesia. They specialize in off-the-wall conversions and crazy rides. Apparently a customer came into the shop with a 2000 Toyota Celica wanting to customize it. The client and Signal Auto decided to convert the Celica to a Ferrari F430 look-a-like. The result is what they call a Cerrari.
It took 18 months to do the conversion with Signal Auto hand-building every single panel rather than retrofitting OEM Ferrari pieces. To complete the car, Signal Auto did a custom air-ride suspension along with a set of chrome Forgiato wheels.
To us the result is just a funny looking car, a little reminiscent of the Lego Ferrari F430. The proportions are obviously a little bit off giving the Celica’s shorter wheelbase but we have to give credit to the guys at Signal Auto for their amazing craftsmanship and making the project look as good as it possibly could. We really could have done without the Ferrari shield on the fenders though.
[Source: Jon Sibal]
GALLERY: Signal Auto Cerrari
With Ferrari‘s 458 Italia on the horizon, one would expect to be seeing renders of F458 Italia body kits and other modifications. But as with all Ferrari models, owners tend to hold on to their famed stallions leaving room for aftermarket manufacturers to continue building on “older” generation platforms. And by no means if the F430 really an older model. Arguably it’s more pleasant on the eyes than the F458 Italia, but that’s a matter of personal preference.
Super Veloce Racing is a product line from Auto Veloce based out of Japan; and the Japanese for the most part have been doing an impressive job in customizing Italian exotics. But what’s clearly obvious on this kit is the influence from Lamborghini’s models. Some might be quick to call “bull” on putting this kit on their Ferrari, but in many ways its just a more extreme version of the front-end found on the F430 Scuderia.
We think the kit would look and flow a lot better fully painted but we’re fans of the most aggressive and race-inspired look in the rear. It’s an interesting blend of Italy’s most famous exotics and hopefully someone Stateside has the money to bring the kit over so we can check it out in person one day.
[Source: Jon Sibal]
GALLERY: Super Veloce Racing Ferrari F430
The Ferrari 458 Italia has been spied in what appears to be full “Challenge” getup. For years, Ferrari has run the 355, 360 and 430 Challenge, a race series for wealthy playboys enthusiasts who want to arrive at the track, drive a fully prepped Ferrari race car, and let others take care of the oily bits.
The 458 seems like a naturally successor, and the single-lug wheels, rollcage, single racing bucket seat, lexan windows and revised aero bits suggest that this car is not suited for street duty, but as a new Challenge car being prepped for a series featuring the 458 Italia. Don’t think that would stop any of us from slapping some temporary tags on one and going for a blast down our favorite road (or tunnel).
[Source: Axis of Oversteer]
Gallery: Ferrari 458 Italia Challenge
When a standard Ferrari just isn’t enough, there’s always Ferrari’s Special Projects unit, a special section of the company dedicated to creating custom coachwork for very wealthy clients who work in tandem with Ferrari to ensure that their visions are aligned.
The new, Japanese-based car, known as the SP1 is going to be making its debut at the Concourso Italiano, an Italian car festival held at the Monterey Historics race weekend on August 13th. The SP1 is owned by Junichiro Hiramatsu, and features custom bodywork by Leonardo Fioravanti, a famed custom car builder. The SP1 was built under the auspices of Ferrari, and is fully sanctioned by the company. No mechanical details were supplied.
Scott Rothstein was once a prominent South Florida lawyer, famous for his humble roots, flashy lifestyle and philanthropy. But after a suicide attempt and a failed escape to Morocco, Rothsetin turned himself in after federal agents exposed his 1.2 billion dollar Ponzi scheme.
Now, the United States government has seized his assets and is auctioning off an assortment of exotic cars owned by Rothstein and a number of shell companies. The list ranges from the very mild (two Pontiac G6s, a Ford Expedition) to the highest echelons of supercar-dom (two Bugatti Veryons, a Ferrari F40).
If you have the funds, and are looking to score a deal on some serious machinery with, shall we say, interesting provenance, take a peek at the list below and get in touch with the appropriate arm of the federal government.
[Source: Dupont Registry]
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