Tuning thoroughbred Italian sports cars are engaged in many atelier, but sometimes “pumping” turns into something more than just bonus horsepower, a new body kit and a salon
There is such a category of citizens that you give not just a car tuning services, but a car in a single copy. And that the second such no one else had. Of course, these cars are indecently expensive.
The only Ferrari
One of these piece cars was the “nominal” Ferrari SP38 Deborah, built as part of the Ferrari One-Off program using the donor chassis of the sport car Ferrari 488 GTB. The customer of the car was the oldest Swiss dealer Ferrari, the company Kessel Group, in accordance with the wishes of which the car got a new aluminum composite body, made in the style of the famous sports cars Ferrari of the past. The rear window was replaced with a carbon fiber panel with characteristic slots reminiscent of that of the iconic sports car Ferrari F40. The wedge-shaped body evokes associations with a number of other Ferrari models, like the sloping roof line, and the air intakes at the top of the doors.
In the interior, the changes are minimal – the red stitching of the seats, the Alcantara and the Deborah plate on the front panel. The body of the machine is painted with three layers of paint, which made it possible to achieve a deep and rich color. As for the eight-cylinder 3.9-liter 670-strong bi-turbo engine and the seven-stage robotic gearbox with two clutches, they have not been modified. This means that the characteristics of the Ferrari SP38 Deborah promise to be the same as the donor of the Ferrari 488 GTB – the acceleration to the first hundred will take three seconds, and the maximum speed – 330 km / h. At how much it cost the customer to convert Ferrari 488 GTB into Ferrari SP38 Deborah, it is not known – according to unconfirmed information, it can be about three to four million euros.
“Alfa” by request
Similarly, it is not known how much the Alfa Romeo Mole Costruzione Artigianale 001 sports car manufactured in a single copy is estimated, the look of which was developed by the Turin designer Umberto Palermo, and the German company Adler Group took up the idea to embody its idea in the carbon fiber. As a car-donor used mid-engine sports coupe Alfa Romeo 4C, which acquired a new carbon fiber body.
The length of the car increased by 148 mm, width – by 60 mm, height – by 12 mm, which, according to designer Umberto Palermo, made the coupe more proportional and similar to the real “adult” supercar. What was to no small extent promoted and aggressive design, approved, by the way, concern FCA – this allowed to legally use the emblems of Alfa Romeo. The salon was finished with two-tone leather, a digital instrument panel appeared, and some plastic parts were replaced with aluminum ones. The engine and transmission did not affect the changes – it’s the same 1.75-liter four-cylinder turbo engine with 240 hp. (350 N ∙ m), with which a six-stage robotic gearbox with two clutches is being aggregated.
It is worth noting one interesting point – as a kind of “bonus” was developed a collection of designer leather bags, made in the style of the car. Alfa Romeo Mole Costruzione Artigianale 001 is not disclosed by developers, but it seems that they will not differ much from the stock Alfa Romeo 4C – the acceleration to the first hundred will take about 4.5 seconds, and the maximum speed will be about 258 km / h.
Collectors are asking
No less interesting work was done by the British firm Moto Technique, turning Ferrari Dino 246 GTS in 1972 into Ferrari Dino Monza 3.6 Evo. This car was created in a single copy for the American jeweler and collector of sports cars David Lee. Last year, he bought the above-mentioned Ferrari Dino 246 GTS for 260,000 dollars, which he decided to convert to a unique sports car. In this case, the collector put forward one mandatory condition – to use only the units and parts of the “Ferrari”. So the original 2.4-liter 192-hp six-cylinder engine was replaced by a 400-horsepower 3.6-liter “eight” from the Ferrari 360 Modena, which also borrowed a six-speed manual gearbox, braking system and suspension elements.
At the same time, the motor was slightly modified, providing it with custom-made connecting rods and crankshaft. The new engine is on public display thanks to a carbon fiber hood with a glass “window”. Complement the picture custom-made 17-inch wheels, made in the style of Ferrari wheels 60-70-ies. In the cabin changes are minimal – you can note only the seats, covered with red leather expensive varieties. The process of “pumping” took 3000 hours and cost the customer more than a million dollars. David Lee said that he will definitely leave this car to himself, since now he is an adornment of his collection. However, being a business man, he does not exclude the possibility of setting up a small-scale production of “pumped” Ferrari Dino, without doubting that such “pumping” has a good potential.