Scuderia Audio 458 Amplifier Project
I have had SO many people tell me they want to purchase one of my speaker boxes for their 458 but have no place to mount an amplifier for it without it looking stupid (and I agree). So, I am designing a "false floor" to mount the amp at the bottom of the trunk (just like I did with my 3000 Watt car audio system in my 360). My local Ferrari mechanic just happens to have a spare trunk at his shop after replacing it with a new one in a 458 Italia. It has a small crack in the bottom of the plastic but is perfect for my R&D efforts. After realizing that the bottom piece of carpet is a perfect pattern, I cut a piece of 1/4" HDPE and did the test fit this afternoon - fits perfectly! The reason the bottom piece has the funny shape is because of raised areas in the carpet to accommodate the shape of the car. The top piece will be smooth and have no cutouts (i.e. basically the shape of the carpet).
Now I need to cut a piece of 3/8" thick (or thicker) polycarbonate for the top cover. The amp bolts onto the bottom piece (which bolts to the floor using existing fasteners), and the top piece will be covered with either carpet, suede or Alcantara, and no one will be able to tell anything is in there at a glance. The trunk will lose only 1 1/2" to 2" in depth. Additionally, I am contemplating sectioning off the fixture into two areas, one for the amp and other electronics, and the other side for car cleaning supplies, wrenches, cloths, whatever.