Join Date: Apr 2010
Ferrari Life Posts: 2,203
Mark I know you're on a mission to keep the weight down, and keep the car "faithful" to Maranello, but what are the general thoughts from this forum about using a donor car such as a 'vette for parts such as wishbones, uprights, spindles, steering rack, etc to keep the costs down?
Or are costs really not that important, and what people really want is to have the car assembled from primarily Ferrari parts?
Although the 'vette carries its own stigma, and probably many people here (including myself) would never want to own one, we'd all have to grudgingly admit there's a lot of engineering in that car, and some good hardware available at very reasonable prices. And the car is surprisingly light, although it looks like one heavy pig. In reality the Z06 weighs in at only 3180 lbs, which is around 700 lbs lighter than my Maranello!
In my opinion, the two things that will make your car an instant exotic are
1) the body design, which I hope you'll keep as a modern classic, and
2) the engine, which needs to be a V12 either from Ferrari or maybe BMW. Anyone who contemplates putting a SBC/SBF in this car needs their head examined, and to be gently persuaded to go buy a Cobra or an Ultima.
Many of the other key parts, IMO could be sourced from well engineered production cars, like the 'vette, to keep the costs down.
Once the car is built and running, are most people going to know or care where the brakes and suspensions came from, as long as they're well engineered, safe, and work well? Frankly, I'd much rather buy my wheel bearings from SKF for $100 per corner, rather than pay $1700 for the same thing in a yellow box.
'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.
Maranello Skunkworks Team Member