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Angelis 11-08-2009 04:47 PM

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Just purchased a more powerful 348 engine.

A custom engine built by Ferrari to race at Le Mans it is based on a 355 block (although the 355 wasn't launched at the time the engine was built) mated to a 348 engine. It was further enhanced and modified by the team that raced it with titanium conrods, Cosworth internals etc. I believe it's now a 3.5 litre engine rather than a 3.4 litre.

It's currently pumping out 480bhp and redlines at 9400rpm and was more powerful than the Micholotto 348's that raced at Le Mans. The bhp figure comes from an engine dyno rather than a rolling road/hub dyno and makes it more powerful than a 360CS.

Only 6 engines like it were ever made. Of the other 5 engines, one is in the 348 Le Mans race car and the other 4 are believed to be in various race cars, assuming they still exist that is.

The 348 took part in the Le Mans 24 hours race in 1993 (when it was crashed into by Eddie Irvine) and again in 1994 where it retired with clutch problems on lap 57. It has also been raced in the last few years as well although I have no details of where.

Over the next few months we'll be adapting it to work in a road car as well as making a few technical modifications. It's not going to be easy as I want to be able to pose down the Kings Road as well as blast along on track days. I also want to concentrate on accelration rather than overall top speed.

We'll be installing a Motec M800 ECU system as well as the Racelogic traction control system i purchased a few months back.

I've also ordered a Qunatum racing adjustable suspension system.

Hoping to have the whole project ready early 2010.

Feels like I'm getting a new car!! :thumbsup:

Boxer 11-08-2009 11:08 PM

Can the chassis handle the extra power?

Angelis 11-09-2009 01:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Boxer (Post 102687)
Can the chassis handle the extra power?

I don't see why not.

JazzyO 11-09-2009 07:05 AM

Sexy looking thing. Wonder what it sounds like, can't be that bad I would imagine. Would be difficult to get approved in Holland, I think, but fortunately the UK is a bit easier. Good luck with the project!


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Saint Bastage 11-09-2009 08:47 AM

Dude

That exposed cambelt would scare the crap outta me. Looks like the stock won't work due to the extra tensionner bracing. Are you (please) considering some form of shielding from road hazzards?

Those CF volutes are Coool.

IPF 11-09-2009 02:47 PM

Brutal looking piece of equipment!
Should be interesting to see how it behaves in a road car...

Angelis 11-09-2009 02:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Saint Bastage (Post 102693)
Dude

That exposed cambelt would scare the crap outta me. Looks like the stock won't work due to the extra tensionner bracing. Are you (please) considering some form of shielding from road hazzards?

Those CF volutes are Coool.

We'll be taking bits off the existing engine including the shielding. Not sure what that bracing is for. Assumed it was just there for storage.

Suffice to say, there will be lots of bits and pieces to do. :cry3:

GPGardin 11-09-2009 06:02 PM

Trying to be good
 
Words keep echoing in my head;

Thou shalt not covet....
Thou shalt not covet....

Eagerly waiting for the vids complete with sounds when complete.

Greg

Night Life 11-09-2009 11:03 PM

Sy I said it before and I will say it again


You suck :D:D:D


Soooooooo Jealous brother


Congratulations, can't wait to see the install pics, goodluck my man :)

Angelis 11-10-2009 08:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Night Life (Post 102709)
Sy I said it before and I will say it again


You suck :D:D:D


Soooooooo Jealous brother


Congratulations, can't wait to see the install pics, goodluck my man :)

You'll hate me even more when i tell you how much i paid for it!!! :steeringwheel:

Saint Bastage 11-10-2009 01:03 PM

You better lie

If you say less than 20, you're going to have blood on your hands from all the jumpers.

Daytona73 11-10-2009 01:26 PM

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I saw this 308 racing without cambelt's protections.

Not a Michelotto idea...

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Night Life 11-11-2009 10:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Angelis (Post 102714)
You'll hate me even more when i tell you how much i paid for it!!! :steeringwheel:

I don't want to hate you more than I do already :D:D JK but the suspense is killing me. If you feel like telling me PM it will be between you and I , that way I can hate you privately :thumbsup:

Angelis 11-12-2009 03:35 AM

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Originally Posted by Night Life (Post 102749)
I don't want to hate you more than I do already :D:D JK but the suspense is killing me. If you feel like telling me PM it will be between you and I , that way I can hate you privately :thumbsup:

No secret about the price. Cost me in total 5,000. The engine was 4,000 and an additional 1,000 for all the bits and pieces that needed to be done like head gaskets etc.

The thing is, the engine's been for sale for a couple of years now and no one was interested.

Additional bits are approximatly:

Motec ECU = 2,000
Quantum Racing suspension = 2,000

I reckon the cost of entire parts is around 10,000.

JazzyO 11-12-2009 12:59 PM


IPF 11-12-2009 01:24 PM

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Originally Posted by JazzyO (Post 102772)
I find that quite reasonable, actually.

+1, surprisingly so. If it all works well, I'ld say it's possibly the steal of this still young century... :thumbsup:

Night Life 11-12-2009 09:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Angelis (Post 102761)

I reckon the cost of entire parts is around 10,000.

That is Uber cheap considering you have a documented part of Ferrari History, can't wait to see the final result and hear the sound she will make.


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