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Vorsteiner has done an amazing job executing tuning packages on some of Germany’s finest automobiles, and it may have been a long time coming, but they’ve finally gotten their hands dirty on one of Italy’s offerings. The subject of Vorsteiner’s first Italian project is Ferrari‘s 599 GTB Fiorano, the front-engine V12-powered exotic. Drawing inspiration from other 599 variants, Vorsteiner has named their exotic 599 VX, blending the best of both worlds, from the 599 GTO and 599XX.
The 599 VX will come with an eight-piece styling package, replacing the factory front bumper, hood, side skirts, rear deck lid, rear intake panel, and rear bumper (with diffuser). And as always with Vorsteiner’s products, the styling package is constructed out of high quality, lightweight carbon fiber and will be paired with a set of Vorsteiner’s T-6160 aluminum wheels. Finishing off the project is a sporty new stainless steel exhaust, guaranteed to give the 599 a whole new tone.
A countdown on their website shows that the official unveil is slightly five days away, but we have these photos to keep us interested until then.
GALLERY: Vorsteiner Ferrari 599 VX
If you want a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano but think it suffers from being too elegant, then the Mansory Stallone might just be up your alley.
Mansory has made quite a name for itself by customizing exotic machinery to its clients individual needs, and it is clear, money doesn’t necessarily buy you good taste. Hence over the years, we have seen many wild and extravagant modifications on many different exotic automobiles, and Ferrari’s are no exception.
Mansory had made just five copies of the modified 599. Along with changing the cars name to Stallone, Mansory has added a unique body-kit, special wheels and an interior of truly questionable taste.
Now you can have a Stallone of your own since one has propped up for sale in Dubai. The seller, Prestige Cars has not listed much information on this 720-hp supercar, so your guess on its price and mileage is as good as ours. Their website just states it is a 2008 model.
So if you’re interested in parking one of these in your garage, now you know where to find one.
GALLERY: Mansory Stallone
The original Lancia Stratos was a very successful rally car, but the car’s continued popularity undoubtedly stems from its stunning body and its Ferrari engine.
Fast forward nearly 40 years since the first Stratos was produced, and a new Stratos has come among us. This one too has a Ferrari engine and even the underpinnings of the Ferrari F430 as its basis.
While the original was designed by the design house of Bertone, the new Stratos is penned by Pininfarina.
Interestingly, the new Stratos has no direct Lancia link. The prototype was commissioned by Michael Stoschek, a German businessman who loved the Stratos and wanted a modern interpretation of it.
While the new Stratos was supposed to have been a one-off, it now seems that 40 people have come forward who want one of their own. According to reports, this 540-hp supercar will cost around $545,000 (or just over $10,000 per horsepower). For that price, the donor F430 is included.
So if you’ve got the means and the desire to own a modern day Stratos, join the queue.
Before the untimely death of Uwe Gemballa, he had given the world a special gift, a modified Ferrari Enzo. Gemballa is one of the most well-known tuners in the world, but all his work was previously focused on Porsches. So the move to work his magic on a Ferrari, and a very rare one at that – only 400 Enzo’s were ever produced – came as a big surprise.
The tuning went far beyond just looks. The Enzo’s aerodynamics were tweaked to give the car more downforce at speed, and the brakes have more ducting to cool them quicker. It’s also lighter, lower, wider and faster. The extra speed comes thanks to a tuned 6.0-liter V12, that now produces 700 hp.
The initial plans were to produce 25 examples of the Enzo-based MIG-U1, but with Gemballa’s death and reoganization of his company, so far only one such vehicle exists. It is currently on sale, and while the listing says the car is in the U.S.A., after inquiring the seller informed us it is actually currently sitting in Paris, France.
Interested? Thought you might be, after all it would make for an interesting addition to any garage. However, as you might have guessed, it is not exactly cheap. The current owner is asking $3.8-million for it, which is twice as much as what a regular Enzo is fetching these days. We suggest you crack open all your piggy-banks now.
[Source: The Car Experience]
We’ve seen some crazy car builds in our time, but this one might top the list. SVK Customs based out of Sweden has been overhauling a Ferrari 550 GTR to one exotic machine. Just a brief overview will make any enthusiast drop their jaw: custom carbon fiber widebody kit, BMW powerplant and custom fabricated suspension components to give it some extreme steering angles for drifting – yes drifting.
A closer look at the suspension components reveals plenty of custom fabrication along with center-bolt hubs for the wheels.
For horsepower, SVK wasn’t content with the factory Italian V12, so in went a BMW European V8 with desires of obtaining over 1,000-hp. Yikes.
GALLERY: SVK Customs Ferrari 550 GTR
Fenice Milano’s Fiat 500 La Dolce Vita wasn’t exactly our cup of tea, but it looks like their rendition of Ferrari‘s 458 Italia might be more acceptable. Despite a horrible rendering released by the company, the tuner looks to be on the right track with this tuning package.
Based on our source, there is supposedly a performance increase from the vehicle, but the numbers released by Fenice Milano simply look like the stock figures of 400 ft-lbs of torque and 560-hp. The aerodynamics of the car are tweaked though along with a lightened body thanks to carbon fiber replacements on the roof, front and rear fenders, mirrors and spoiler.
Fenice Milano is also offering an entirely new aluminum frame for the 458 Italia which is paired with suspension tweaks. Outfitting each corner is a set of staggered 20-inch three-piece wheels wrapped with 235/35 rubber in the front and 325/25 rubber in the rear. The only performance modification they state in the release is a new exhaust system which we imagine is good for a few horses.
No pricing or availability was released.
[Source: GT Spirit]
The Chevy Camaro might officially be the car of the 2010 SEMA Show, but we crossed paths with a rather significant number of Ferraris on the show floor; in particular the new 458 Italia. That being said, we thought it worth a post to share with you the modified 458s becase after all, who doesn’t love Ferraris. (OK, maybe a few Lambo guys don’t, but besides them, we think we have a pretty strong argument here).
Above, we couldn’t help but give the big picture to the Oakley Designs 458 in the HRE wheels booth, as it’s both the most highly modified 458 at the show – and also the best looking. And being in the HRE booth, it’s sporting some light weight P40S Monoblok rollers.
The black P40S design is hard to make out, but you’ll have no problem appreciating the same design in gold, as found on the 458 in the Nitto tires booth.
A total of three of the 458s were courtesy Giovanna Wheels with some particularly gaudy designs that are enough to make us cringe. One of the cars, a yellow and black 458, was (we’re forced to admit) well-suited to the Pirelli booth, while we absolutely love the shade of red on another of the cars – pity about the chrome wheels though. It was more of the same at the Savini wheels booth with a dark gray 458 there.
But enough yapping… check out all the 458s in the gallery below:
GALLERY: Modified Ferrari 458 Italias of the 2010 SEMA Show
EVOMS is known for its “intelligent tuning” capabilities on some of the world’s finest luxury and exotics. Their lineup of ECU upgrades includes products for Porsches, Lamborghinis, AMG Mercedes, Bentleys, Bugattis, Ferraris, Maseratis, VWs and Audis. In short, some of the greatest creations that sport four wheels.
This time around, EVOMS has teamed up with FabSpeed Motorsport to refine the brand new Ferrari 458 Italia. Equipped with FabSpeed’s headers and high-flow cats, EVOMS was able to retune the Italian beauty for an increase of 87-hp and 57 ft-lbs more torque. That’s extremely impressive when you consider just how expertly tuned the Italian exotic’s V8 already is with with 562-hp on tap.
Even though the focus is on EVOMS and their tuning prowess, it’s worth noting the craftsmanship in FabSpeed’s headers and high-flow cat creations. Their headers sport a fancy 4-into-1 high velocity merge collector and offer a 13 lb weight saving. Their high-flow cats incorporate extremely expensive 200-cell genuine German imported catalytic converters which then offer a nice 12 lb weight savings.
We’re guessing this 458 Italia sounds wicked and hopefully we’ll see some video of it soon.
[Source: EVOMSit Facebook]
GALLERY: EVOMSit / FabSpeed Ferrari 458 Italia
Apparently having your run-of-the-mill Ferrari F430 Scuderia Spider isn’t cool enough anymore. To be really cool, you have to shell out $650,000 for this full carbon fiber model. Yes, the entire body is made of carbon fiber… and so are the wheels. The body itself was crafted by Carrozzeria Zanasi, Maranello’s premier bodywork specialist. Needless to say it’s flawless inside and out, and even in the engine bay – due partly to the fact that this Scud only has 126 miles on the odometer.
In addition to the carbon body this F430 Scuderia sports Tubi titanium exhaust tips, reupholstered interior featuring Alcantara and leather, full-screen navi, front and rear view cameras and the already mentioned carbon fiber wheels.
Apparently the car is sitting at a dealership in Beverly Hills, CA right now (we’re assuming a Ferrari one given all the Ferraris in the photos) – so we wouldn’t be surprised if we see this baby rolling on the streets of Southern California some day soon… because well, you know, $650,000 is chump change in Beverly Hills.
GALLERY: Carbon Fiber Ferrari F430 Spider 16M
Got your hands on the beautiful and exotic Ferrari California? Finding it a little too mundane for your tastes now? Have no fear because Anderson Germany has released a styling and performance package for every avid California owner out there.
We’re really digging the demo car that they built showing off a fancy white and black theme. Plenty of carbon fiber is scattered throughout the exterior and can be seen on the hood, front lip, side skirts, rear diffuser and rear bumper. The wheels feature a classy split-five spoke design in a 21-inch and 22-inch variety with a carbon fiber center. Lowering can be adjusted between 1.37-inch (35mm) lower to 1.57-inch (40mm) higher.
As for performance, Anderson Germany goes above and beyond Ferrari’s R&D to eke out another 55-hp taking the stock 453-hp to 508-hp. The 4.3L V8 produces more power thanks to Anderson Germany’s ECU retune and a valve-controlled stainless steel exhaust system. The exhaust offers three different modes conveniently controlled by a remote.
And if you’re still not content with the extra power and carbon, interior modifications are plentiful with carbon fiber trim throughout.
GALLERY: Anderson Germany Ferrari California
Official press release available after the break.
On display for the first time even, Ferrari chose the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to display the one-off P540 Superfast Aperta. One of the first vehicles to come from Ferrari’s Special Projects program (others including the Enzo-based P4/5 and the F430-based SP1), underneath this gold beauty is a Ferrari 599 chassis.
The P540 Superfast was built for Edward Walson, the son of John Walson, who invented cable TV. Walson commissioned the vehicle with inspiration coming from the Fantuzzi-designed Ferrari which appeared in the 1968 film Toby Dammit. It was designed by Pininfarina and built in-house in Maranello, with Walson taking part in the entire design process. While added bracing was required to maintain the chassis’ rigidity, plenty of carbon fiber panels were used to reduce the impact of the weight gain. In total, engineers managed to limit the added weight to just 44 lbs.
Like previous projects, the luxurious Ferrari’s engine remains untouched, with the factory 6.0-liter V12 producing a tremendous 612-hp.
GALLERY: Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta
Sometimes it’s hard not to be jealous at those lucky enough to own exotics from Ferrari or Lamborghini. It’s natural, we understand. But we gotta say, it’s extra tough when we see a Ferrari owner that’s able to take their F430 over to Underground Racing, pick out a twin turbo kit and throw down 1,000-hp.
This isn’t the first time we’ve been entertained by a video starring Underground Racing’s vehicles. Instead of a Lamborghini though, this time we’re treated with some exciting footage focused on the 1,000-hp creation. The video does a fantastic job highlighting the car itself and takes us through some of its dyno runs where we can hear the V8 in all its pure, unadulterated glory. Feast your eyes and ears guys and gals, this is the true way of owning an exotic.
Check out the video after the break!
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
Sure Ferrari claims that a sedan won’t ever be in the works from them, but their 612 Scaglietti is a 2+2-seater. Debuting in 2003, it has never carried the fame of its counterparts, but Ferrari tuner Novitec Rosso hopes to change that, dressing the 612 to impress with some nice aftermarket goodies.
Because a Ferrari alone isn’t enough to pick up three really skinny girls, you’ll need a nice set of wheels too. Novitec has designed custom versions of its popular three-piece NF3 wheels for the 612 Scaglietti. It’s a staggered set of 20-inch up front and 21-inch in the rear, wrapped in 275/30/20 Pirelli P Zero rubber up front while at the rear is a nice and beefy 12.5-inch wide wheel with massive 335/25/21 tires. All that rubber is needed to keep you gripping the asphalt thanks to the addition of a few ponies. Novitec has increased the horsepower to 565 from the factory 540, while torque goes to 450 from 434.
The power increase comes courtesy of a reprogrammed ECU and Novitec Rosso’s stainless-steel exhaust system. The exhaust plays triple duty on the 612 Scaglietti: freeing up air and consequently increasing horsepower, giving the car a more menacing look in the rear and transforming the exhaust note to an even throatier, sportier sound.
It’s worth mentioning that a “black lamps” upgrade is available which comes with four round taillights, reflectors and side markers. On the inside, Novitec Rosso will upgrade the interior in a bespoke fashion for the client. Steering wheel customization is available from thickness to color.
GALLERY: Novitec Rosso Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
Official press release available after the jump.
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.
German Ferrari-tuner Novitec Rosso chose the Geneva Auto Show as the venue to debut its most powerful car ever – an 848-hp Ferrari 599 GTB. With matte-white and matte-gray paint, this car is just one of three 848-hp special edition models, aptly named “848 Race.”
Thanks to some new turbine blades on the superchargers, some modified piping and a retuned ECU, the twin-supercharged V12 engine has been bumped from the last 808-hp tuning phase up to 848-hp. Novitec claims a 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 214 mph.
Like the 808-hp version the 848 RACE also gets Novitec’s special wind-tunnel-tested aero kit, 20 and 21-inch wheels (staggered fitment), a massive brake upgrade and a height adjustable suspension.
GALLERY: Novitec Rosso 848 RACE
Get all the details on the Novitec Rosso 848 RACE after the jump:
Twin-supercharged V12 makes 848-hp
Novitec Rosso has struck once again with an even more powerful version of the Ferrari 599 GTB. Thanks to some new turbine blades on the superchargers, some modified piping and a retuned ECU, the twin-supercharged V12 engine has been bumped from the last 808-hp tuning phase all the way up to 848-hp. Novitec claims a 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 214 mph.
Painted in matte white and black and including all of the Novitec goodies, like a special aero kit, 20 and 21-inch wheels with a massive brake upgrade and a height adjustable suspension, Novitec will build just three 848 Race models.
The car will officially debut at the Geneva Auto Show next week and AutoGuide will bring you plenty of live photos with complete show coverage starting Monday, March 1st.
GALLERY: Novitec Rosso 848 RACE
See the official release and an incredible video of the Novitec Rosso 599 (808-hp version) after the jump:
Ferrari has just announced the second vehicle to come out of its in-house Special Projects program, a modified 599 GTB now known as the P540 Superfast Aperta. The P540 Superfast was built for Edward Walson, the son of John Walson, who invented cable TV. Walson commissioned the vehicle with inspiration coming from the Fantuzzi-designed Ferrari which appeared in the 1968 film Toby Dammit.
We have to say the lines of this car are both original and classically beautiful. It was designed by Pininfarina and built in-house in Maranello, with Walson taking part in the entire design process.
Much of the car remains the same as a standard 599, including the 612-hp 6.0-liter V12 engine. Amazingly, while the car was transformed into a convertible, only 44 lbs of weight were added to the chassis thanks to the use of copious amounts of carbon fiber.
There is no word on what Walson paid for the one-of-one gold Ferrari, but we are intrigued by the fact that a convertible 599 model is now most certainly a possibility for Ferrari.
GALLERY: Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta
Official release after the jump:
Renowned Ferrari-tuner Novitec Rosso has finally released its first complete package for Ferrari’s latest model, the California. Novitec is known for twin-supercharged monster engines but this initial offering contains just a simple exhaust system and a recalibrated ECU. In total, power has been raised by 40-hp to 500-hp, with torque up 24 ft-lbs to 382. The 4.3-liter V8 engine can now also rev to a maximum rpm of 8300. In addition, the exhaust system can be adjusted using the manettino to deliver a more robust exhaust note.
Outside the car gets a new front lip spoiler, side skirts, a new rear diffuser and trunk lid spoiler. All parts are wind tunnel tested to reduce lift on the front and increase downforce in the rear and all are made from clear-coated carbon fiber.
A staggered wheel fitment is offered with Novitec’s own NF3 wheels in a 21×9-inch front fitment and 22×11.5-inch rear fitment, matched with 255/30/21 front and 315/25/22 rear Pirelli tires.
A complete suspension system if offered that lowers that car’s stance by 35mm. This same system incorporates an hydraulic lift feature than car raise the front axle by 40mm at speeds of up to 50 mph, making it easy to enter parking garages or avoid scuffing the carbon fiber front lip when navigating less than ideal roads.
Some time in the Spring we expect Novitec Rosso to release a high-powered kit for the California making in excess of 600-hp!
GALLERY: Novitec Rosso Ferrari California
Edo Competition and ZR Auto have once again teamed up to create the world’s most extreme Enzo. Easily one of the most incredible machines ever made, the Enzo makes 660hp in stock form, but Edo has upped the power to 840 ponies – more than even the FXX.
Ferrari’s FXX is an all-out race car and while it does trump the Enzo in power and overall performance, it isn’t street legal anywhere.
Over a year ago Edo and Canadian exotic tuner shop ZR Auto got together to transform this Enzo into an unreal performer. ZR Auto, it should be noted, became famous infamous after owner Zahir Rana posted a viral video of himself driving at speeds of 300 km/h on Canadian roads in a mostly stock version of this same yellow Enzo. Rana later denied the high speed shenanigans, saying he had faked it all as a stunt to help promote his shop.
It’s not entirely clear if Edo built up the Enzo engine to match the FXX, or if the shop actually managed to finagle a powerplant out of Ferrari’s hands. Either way, the new engine boasts a displacement increase from 6.0 to 6.3-liters with a fully rebuilt top and bottom end. Full power comes on at an alarming 9600 rpm, with 575 ft-lbs of torque at 5800 rpm. Edo even claims that an additional 20hp is possible with the exhaust system removed – but then that wouldn’t make the car street legal, now would it?
Shift times are just 60 milliseconds, the same as in the FXX Evolutione. By comparison a Ferrari F1 car takes 40 ms to complete a shift.
Numerous weight-saving measures were also taken, dropping the overall curb weight of the car by 220 lbs. As a result of these modifications, Edo claims a 0-62 mph time of 3.2 seconds, with a 9.0 second run to 124 mph. The top speed is an estimated 242 mph!
In addition to all of these modifications, Edo also equipped the Enzo XX Evolution with a custom aerodynamic kit.
GALLERY: Edo Competition/ZR Auto Enzo XX Evolution
Ferrari tuner Novitec Rosso has just released a new performance package for the flagship 599 GTB model, tailored to more conservative tastes than the company’s generally extreme offerings. With a power increase of 40hp, this tuning package increases the output of the V12 from 620 to 660hp.
Included is a retuned ECU as well as a new sport exhaust system. The new ECU not only brings new mapping for the ignition and injection, but increases maximum engine speed to 8550 rpm. The exhaust system is available in two different versions, with one offering an exhaust flap that is operated by the Manettino switch, which will really let the v12 sing. The new top speed is rated at 208 mph!
Novitec Rosso also offers a full line of additional upgrades for the 599, including an aerodynamics kit, height-adjustable suspension, brakes and a new set of wheels and tires – with rear tires measuring 355/25/21, to help put all 660hp to the ground.
In addition, Novitec offers an extreme performance upgrade for the 599 GTB with as much as 808hp thanks to twin-superchargers.
GALLERY: Novitec Rosso Ferrari 599 GTB
Official release after the jump:
The matte-paint trend has just reached a new high… or should we say low. Behold the matte-baby blue Ferrari 599, which is reportedly owned by Lapo Elkann, the grandson of Fiat founder Gianni Agnelli and heir to the company.
No doubt this car will make a few Prancing Horse traditionalists a little woosey. If you consider yourself among that crowd, don’t take a look inside. Why not? Well, there you will find a pair of sporty Ferrari seats covered in a pair of bluejeans.
To make maters worse, the car is apparently not the creation of some aftermarket hack, but a factory job. It looks like Ferrari’s custom options ordering sheet is a little longer than normal when your family owns the company.
GALLERY: Matte Baby Blue Ferrari 599
As expected, Ferrari-tuner Novitec Rosso has released a power-package for the drop-top F430 Scuderia Spider 16M. Thanks to two superchargers the Scuderia’s already impressive engine now puts out 696hp at 8400 rpm and 503 ft-lbs of torque at 6300 rpm. That is an increase of 186hp and 156 ft-lbs of torque.
Novitec claims a 0-62 mph time of just 3.5 seconds with 124mph (200km/h) coming in just 9.7 seconds. Those autobahn-loving Germans at Novitec even give a 300 km/h (186 mph) time of 23.8 seconds. Top speed has been increased from 196 mph to 205 mph.
Due to the Scuderia’s stunning exterior, Novitec decided to leave the body of the Ferrari well-enough alone. However, those looking for a new set of wheels are certain to love the larger 20×8.5-inch front and 20×12-inch rear NF3 rollers, that allow for 235/30/20 and 325/25/20 Pirelli rubber. A height-adjustable suspension is available, which can raise of lower the front axle by 40 mm (1.6-inches) – perfect for making sure you don’t leave any paint behind while exiting the parking garage.
GALLERY: Novitec Rosso F430 Scuderia Spider 16M
Official release after the jump: