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This German Tuner Has Already Given the New Ferrari 296GTB a Bonkers 900 HP

This German Tuner Has Already Given the New Ferrari 296GTB a Bonkers 900 HP

The Ferrari 296GTB hasn’t even rolled out yet, but one German tuner is already touting a tuning package to give the hotly anticipated hybrid sports car even more power.

DMC, which offers an array of mechanical and cosmetic upgrades for all manner of luxury cars, has just unveiled a kit that promises to give the new Prancing Horse a menacing 900 horses (888 bhp). Yes, you read that right.

Of course, Ferrari’s first badged V-6 is by no means short on grunt. Under the hood, it will be fitted with a turbocharged 3.0-liter internal combustion six-cylinder that can generate 654 hp, along with a Formula 1-inspired electric motor that delivers an additional 164 horses. Combined, the setup, which is mated to an eight-speed DCT gearbox, can churn out an impressive 818 horses. The marque says the formidable ride will be able to rocket from zero to 62 mph in just 2.9 seconds and hit a blistering 205 mph at full tilt.

The souped-up Prancing Horse is reportedly good for 900 hp. 

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DMC still saw room for improvement, though. While the electric motor will remain as is, the tuner will treat the V-6 to a new ECU and pump up the turbo boost to give the car an extra 82 horses. The Germans expect that the souped-up four-wheeler will be able to sprint to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds. (Hey, that tenth of a second will matter to some.) There is no estimated top speed, but the needle should creep a little further up the dial.
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DMC is offering a few more carbon parts, too. To recap, the original coupé features an aerodynamic nose that flows smoothly into its large side intakes, along with prominent rear fenders and an active spoiler that increases downforce by up to 794 pounds at 155 mph. DMC’s Aero Kit components include a large rear wing spoiler and a set of side skirts. The parts are made from dry carbon fiber, which is available in different weaves to match your existing spec. DMC says the new additions will give the car more aggression.
Like it needs it.
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Racing Legend Paolo Barilla Designed a Custom Porsche 911 GT3 Based on His Le Mans Winning Car

Racing Legend Paolo Barilla Designed a Custom Porsche 911 GT3 Based on His Le Mans Winning Car

In 1985, Paolo Barilla won the famous Le Mans 24-hour endurance race in a private Porsche 956. Now, some 36 years on, the Italian race car driver has designed a unique Porsche 911 GT3 based on the very ride that led him to victory.

Barilla’s “dream car” is the first to come out of the marque’s new Sonderwunsch program that is said to allow for greater customization options than before. The billionaire entrepreneur, who also happens to be the deputy chairman of the Barilla Group, commissioned the one-off on his 60th birthday and has been extremely involved in the creative process. In fact, he actually acted as production manager throughout the build.

Three years in the making, the sports car wears a special livery that pays homage to Barilla’s prized 956. Finished in Summer Yellow with white and black accents, the exterior has the winning race number 7 on the bonnet and doors, along with a set of striking stripes. This was no easy feat: The graphics couldn’t be copied directly from one Porsche to another as the racecar is flat and square while the current 911 has a more rounded silhouette. Because of this, the team had to project the lines onto the body with a laser and trial the paint job several times before Barilla was satisfied.

The Paolo Barilla-designed Porsche 911 GT and the winning Le Mans racer that inspired it. 

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Other custom touches include the rear wing which was developed exclusively for this model and tested in the wind tunnel, according to Porsche. The GT3 also features “PB 60” across the flanks to represent Barilla’s initials and age, as well as white rims at the front and gold at the back.
“In the ‘80s, I had the chance to drive the wonderful Porsche 956, an iconic car in terms of performance and beauty,” Barilla said in a statement. “The interpretation of some elements in a modern GT3 makes that memory exciting and vital—for me and for people who are close to me.”
Inside, meanwhile, the black cabin features a yellow trim and a specially designed “Le Mans 1985” logo on the dash and headrests. The standout is the bespoke gear lever, which takes cues from the magnesium ball in the ‘80s racer and was milled from a single aluminum block. Barilla actually became an official production employee with his very own ID badge so that he could flange the gearbox to the engine by using a torque-controlled screw device.

The headrests have been embroidered with a special “Le Mans 1985” logo. 

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“Authentic experiences like these are ultimately what makes Porsche Porsche,” adds Philipp Setter, head of Sonderwunsch customer consultation. “Our customers have generally seen and experienced a lot, but for projects of this size, we always try to open a few more doors that would otherwise be closed, for very good reason.”
Although Barilla’s Porsche would not have come cheap, a four-wheeled reminder of his greatest motorsports success is surely priceless.
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Here’s What the Very First Ford GT Studio Collection Looks Like

Here’s What the Very First Ford GT Studio Collection Looks Like

As the Ford GT inches closer to its final days on the production line, the Detroit automaker seems to be doing everything it can to send its high-performance sports car off in style.
On Monday, Ford unveiled the first of 40 Studio Collection variants the automaker will build during the vehicle’s final two years of production. What makes this version of the speedster so exclusive? It’s the most customizable Ford GT yet.

The first 2021 Ford GT Studio Collection variant  Ford

Announced last August alongside the GT40 Mark II-inspired Heritage Edition, the limited-edition Studio Collection variant will give owners even more say over the look of their car thanks to an all-new graphics package from Ford Performance and Ford GT manufacturer, Multimatic. The package, which includes racing stripes and other custom accents, allows you to dress up one of the car’s eight standard colors, resulting in a more personalized GT.

The first of the Studio Collection GTs feature an elegant Shadow Black paint job that’s been offset with a single, bold Competition Orange racing stripe down the middle and matching accents around the car’s air intakes. The custom touches make the 647 hp supercar look even more menacing.
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“The combination of the stripes and accents invokes the emotion of speed and draws your eye to some of the most prominent features of the GT,” Multimac design head Garen Nicoghosian said of the graphics package last summer. “The fuselage, buttresses and signature features on the headlights provide visual anchors for the graphics, guiding your eye across the vehicle.”
Ford will build 20 Studio Collection variants this year and 20 more in 2022, the Ford GT’s last year of production. Of the seven special editions of the vehicle introduced over the last five years, it is the second-most rare, following only the Liquid Carbon variant, which was limited to just 12 units. The automaker hasn’t revealed just how much the Sports Collection costs, but based on its exclusivity, we wouldn’t be surprised if it starts well north of the car’s normal $500,000 sticker price.

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