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Old 01-24-2012, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Norwood 328Turbo

Norwood has built many 308, Mondi, Testarossa, & 348 turbo conversions.
This is the only 328.
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:55 AM
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Interesting. And car looks good.

What are the specs?


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Efi

Is it Haltec EFI?

I still see a little tread left on the rears.
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@ Onno,
Thx! It's a very unique car with an outstanding history.
As it is right now, she is very lo mile. 13k on the clock. Original paint and interior. This car was dyno'd since and puts out 440hp @ the motor. Seems like a lot for a 328, but these engines have more potential than what they get credit for, and this one really isn't pushing very hard. Not near it's limits.
When Norwood converted it 20 years ago, he rebuilt the engine to handle the extra power. In doing so, he left the specs stock. Stock cams, compression, etc, etc., so very little boost is required.
In actuallity, she is hardly 'broken in'.
When acquired, she was only running 8psi boost. Since tuning, even less @ 5psi. Best part of this set up is, not only is it simple, the car still drives as stock! Because the motor is still stock specs. The difference is when you push up over 4000rpm, Dr. Jeckle turns into Mr. Hyde and it will take an F40, 550, or F430 to catch!! Pretty good company

With the addition of EFI to manage the engine, it actually runs smoother than stock. Idles under 1000rpm, produces 20lbs.+ of vacuum @ idle and is as predictable and reliable as any 328 you've ever seen. Bob Norwood is an innovator who understands turbocharged performance, and properly utilizing it in both street and racing Ferrari applications. He is the only Ferrari tuner to achieve world records. Mostly with 308s.

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I still see a little tread left on the rears.
For Jack....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg8rIUP80zg
Originally, it was a Haltec E6 managing the engine. But this car was sitting displayed for more than a few years and time got the best of her, since. So I upgraded. She is now running an Autronic SM4.
It's an amazing unit...
Boost control
Self tuning
Traction/launch control
Flat shifts
And more......
I can even tune the engine to different parameters for each gear!

Jack, post up your car, it's a sensational project! ....and keep us up to date on it's progress

My apologies for boring you guys to death with too wordy of a post.
I'll get deeper into history and specs as we go.
Thx for looking and commenting, guys!

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Very interesting. 440bhp is not too shabby, that will give the 288GTO owner something to think about. I wasn't aware that Bob N. did this back in the day, I know him only from his P4 projects (and have only heard the name, don't know much else about him).

Thanks for the 'wordy' post, always good to get the info out there.


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With apologies to Charles Dickens, "More Please, Sir!"


I always enjoy seeing Norwood's enhancements and craftmanship on these cars.

'99 550, Rosso Corsa / Nero, S/N:114654, Assy: 31836, Engine: 52084

High mileage, low compression, and missing on a few cylinders.....just like my cars.

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288GTO used to be my favorite car

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Norwood has been doing forced induction since the mid 80s and really developed some really trick cars over the years. I use to visit him when ever I was in Dallas and he was a real gear head and like to show you his projects.

Very nice car, enjoy it but be carefull on cold wet days.
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I always enjoy seeing Norwood's enhancements and craftmanship on these cars.
Indeed, enhancement is the proper terminology for this car.

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Very nice car, enjoy it
thx for the comments and positive support
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........This car has a very deep & unique history.

Originally, the 328 was the first of a line of turbocharged Ferrari's built for video game mogul John Carmack of IDTek. If you don't know, he is to computer video games what Bill Gates is to computer office software. Carmack is from Texas and local to Norwood Autocraft. The conversion was done around 20 years ago. There was a feature on Carmack's Norwood conversions in the 5/99 issue of Car and Driver. The 328 is mentioned as a 'cherry red 86', but it's a typo. She's really an 87. In all honesty, I don't think it was much of an article on C&D's part.
I don't know if Carmack still had the car when they did it, but they should have focused on it more. The 328 was the most developed and complete.

She is very much a part of La Famiglia di Ferrari.
With Norwood, she has an American family as well.
Her sisters are some of the most powerful, accomplished, and bad Ferrari's on Earth.
History and Photo Gallery- Norwood Performance
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If you have any Norwood pics, post em up.
these are J. Carmack's other cars,
a Twin Turbo F50
& a 1000hp Twin Turbo Testarossa
With my 328(license plate frame reads Norwood Ferrari):
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More Norwood pics(from the website):
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Norwood 308GTO,
Twin Turbo and Intercooled Ferrari V8 longitude position
door from map pocket appears to be missing, but the 328 door panel and pull are a nice detail:
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I love this image, its my desktop & screensaver
Norwood Bonneville GTO :
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From there, Carmack put the 328 up as a grand prize in a gaming tournament. She was won by professional gamer, Dennis 'Thresh' Fong from San Fransisco, California. Thresh kept this car as a trophy, displayed in his offices.
He never registered or even flipped title on this car.
The pic below is one I found on the Internet when it was in Fong's possession:
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Stunning 328 you have there, incredible enhancement ny Norwood too

In the above pictures, is the dark blue Testarossa that you can see the engine bay of the Koenig Competition Spyder? Used to be a poster car of mine as a kid
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Stunning 328 you have there, incredible enhancement ny Norwood too
Quite a special 328. What brakes do you have fitted? Not sure the stock 328 brakes were designed to pull down 440 bhp.
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Wow, stock 3.2 with what appears to be a t3/t4 framed turbo running 8 psi making 440 at the crank? That's a ton of power. With low boost there is no need for an intercooler so that makes space more abundant in there. I'd love the see the dyno sheet to see how that power comes on like that. Nice
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Since then it was purchases by a collector. The car was sent back to Norwood in Texas for a major and made road worthy.
Around '04.
A pic I found over the internet when she was living with the previous owner, right outside Washington DC:
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That's when the 328Turbo found me.
Regardless of the fact that she was always well cared for,
age had gotten the best of this car and she needed some freshening up in the engine bay.
With a little help & some , this car has been running strong and reliable, ever since.
Thx to James Patterson from Norwood for continued technical support so many years later.
Mr. Patterson was part of the team when she was built,.....................so many years ago.

Doing some creative Internet searches is how I collected most of its history....and I'm grateful to FLife for creating a stellar forum to compile the information.
Carmack must have really been fond of her because the 328 has since been mentioned in a few interviews and gaming forums, including this one on-line
Hacking a Ferrari - IEEE Spectrum
And one in the Nov. '04 issue of Playboy!
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I don't use her much. I like car shows as a spectator, but not so much a participant.
It's a long day.
What I really like to do with her is DRIVE!!

'Is how we do........
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