Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: PA, USA
Ferrari Life Posts: 4,439
Is it just me or have cars, ferrari sports cars in particular, just gotten too big, too heavy, and too complicated?
I got thinking about this question regarding basic transportation......here in the IUS all car must have anti-lock brakes, ODB-II electronics, airbags, starting next year stability control.....the cheapest car you can buy is now $14000. Cars in china and india and the rest of the "3rd" world start at about $4000....because they are just cars that drive.
The same issue seems to be at work at ferrari. Look at a 275 compared to a 599, or a 206 compared to a 458.....the new cars are frikin huge and a whole lot heavier. The new cars are faster but most all the gain is the modern tires and WAY bigger engines to push all the extra weight.
I'm not trying to bash Ferrari, they need to comply with the rules and they are doing the best they can and building really fast cars in the process.....but am I the only one who would like new engines, wheels, brakes, shock bolted to a modern 275ish car? I am really tempted to grab a wrecked 456/550/575 as a donor and see what can be done when there aren't quite so many rules that must be complied with, here in PA and I think most other states a custom build only needs DOT glass, lights, wheels, tires to be eligible for a street registration and that leaves a lot of room to play with specs...............