Nakamura Engineering by Patrick Callahan

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When you’re ballin’ in Japan and you have an S2000, ASM is perhaps the only place to go. But what if you went with something a bit more expected like a Ferrari? Well, Nakamura Engineering is there for all you well-heeled JDM Ferrari owners.

Anyone who has corner-weighted a suspension can see there is a lot of awesomeness going on in this picture! These people have their act thoroughly together and they had better! They take care of everything from 308’s and F40’s all the way up to one of the Ferrari factory’s old F1 cars!

With that kind of reputation, Nakamura understands when they build a project they need to go all out and what better way to do it than with a 1000hp Testarossa? Forget flat-fours and sixes; real men rock flat-12’s!

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A Ferrari 430 GT3 by Alex Butti

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Ferrari F430 GT3

A while back Ben shared with us some pictures of the ASI Ferrari F430. A very clean car I may say. After that post, I felt compelled to show you guys a Ferrari 430 GT3. In the past I have several times seen GT cars up close, but never bothered to share their specs or info; that is, until I saw the ASI Ferrari F430.

I thought: ” why not share the pictures I have, and see what people think?” So here I am.

A Ferrari 430 GT3 as you can see from the first picture above resembles very close the street version; that is partially due to the strict FIA regulations.

A while back Ben shared with us some pictures of the ASI Ferrari F430. A very clean car I may say. After that post, I felt compelled to show you guys a Ferrari 430 GT3. In the past I have several times seen GT cars up close, but never bothered to share their specs or info; that is, until I saw the ASI Ferrari F430.  I thought: " why not share the pictures I have, and see what people think?" So here I am.
The front-end of the car is very similar to its sibling. For aerodynamic purposes, the front splitter and the vented-hood are added and changed respectively. Along with these two body panels, all the other exterior body panels are switched to dry carbon fiber for obvious reasons.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/20733247@N06/3795754544/

In the picture above you can see the rear wing’s stanchions which are mounted onto the chassis through the rear hatch. They have been engraved with numbers and degrees to facilitate and speed-up the aerodynamic changes done in the pit area. This clever method is only useful when the car is properly balanced on the scale, and all the corner-weight has been done.

Ferrari F430 GT3

Cooling as you can see, is a very important issue while racing; that’s why this Ferrari has two L-shape massive-radiators sitting right behind the front bumper, one on each side of the car, and an additional third radiator located right in the center. This approach has to do with the fact that many GT3 race-cars have a RR layout, and cooling could pose some issues.

Ferrari F430 GT3 Sachs 4 Way Coilovers

Suspensions duty are taken care by Sachs 4 way coilovers, and as you can imagine all the polyurethane bushings have been replaced with spherical bearings to give the driver a more precise feeling of the car while racing; a given I must say.

Ferrari F430 GT3 Brembo Titanium Monoblock Calipers
Ever wonder what a “big brake kit” looks like on a GT car? Those monoblock Brembo GT brakes feature six titanium pistons up front, and 4 pistons in the rear. What’s tricky about those pistons is not their size (which are designed this way to allow more modulability with the brake pedal), but the fact that they are drilled to allow heat to escape better. With this type of design, the pistons stay cooler and provide better clamping force throughout the race.

There is A LOT more to talk about GT3 race-cars. If you guys are interested, I will cover more of it in the future.
Here are more pictures of this Ferrari GT3:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/20733247@N06/page34/ (page 34,35,36)

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Happy Holidays!

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mig gemballa ferrari enzo galadari

I just wanted to thank everyone for their support this year. It’s been a wonderful year and I’m so grateful for so many things! The growth of this blog has in particular been one of the best things that happened this year, I thank you all for that!

I wish you all a happy holiday season and a great new year! If I can be of any help to any of you in any way in 2010 please don’t hesitate to reach out to me personally by email ben@bulletproofautomotive.com. I might not be the fastest to answer emails at times but I’ll do my best to email everyone back always.

Best Wishes,
Ben

PS: I wanted to share some bonus pictures of the highly controversial and absolutely wild Gemballa Ferrari Enzo MIG-01

(word is the next car will be called MIG-02)

mig gemballa ferrari enzo galadari

In 2010 we will debut two new companies, one of which is an entirely new version of Bespoke Motoring. The watermark on these pics is the first hint of what is to come in 2010 for us.

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The Secret Is Out – Gemballa Ferrari Enzo MIG-UI

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Gemballa Enzo Illyas and Mustafa Galadari

I’ve been holding a secret for a long time…A while back one of my friends (a member of the Galadari family) in Dubai told me about this project they were working on with Germany’s famous Porsche tuner Gemballa. The project shocked me because of just how insane it was. After seeing some early sketches of the project, I was convinced that it would turn out to be pretty wild!

Now many months later after painfully suppressing this secret, the pictures are here. The Gemballa Enzo project lives!

I’ve been given permission finally to release the pictures, but it seems that I might not be the first to leak them. Regardless I think I was one of the very first to know about this project many months ago, so I still feel its relevant to publish these here.

It should be known that the car is called the MIG-UI by Gemballa. It is named after Mustafa and Illyas Galadari with Mustafa’s name being first in this order because the base Enzo was his own personal car.  The car is a limited edition model which has been produced for the “Illyas and Mustafa Galadari Group” of Dubai. The Illyas and Mustafa Galadari Group is Gemballa’s Middle East distributor. The details will be released at a future invitation only launch in Dubai.

For an invitation, please contact me and I’ll forward your information to friends within the Galadari Group. ben@bulletproofautomotive.com

Gemballa Enzo Illyas and Mustafa GaladariGemballa Enzo Illyas and Mustafa Galadari

Gemballa Enzo Illyas and Mustafa GaladariGemballa Enzo Illyas and Mustafa Galadari

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ASI F430 Murders For Fun.

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Ferrari F430 ASI

I’ve said too much about ASI. I need to calm down about the ASI blogging…but then I see this at SEMA and take a picture. How could I not share it?

ASI stays killing ’em all.

If only this car had used one of the three super nice ASI Dry Carbon F430 wings, this car would have put people in the hospital. Get me an ASI street version dry carbon wing and some Amuse B type gold ring titan exhaust tips on here and game over.

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Carbon Dry Japan Releases Ferrari F40 LM Front Spoiler

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Carbon Dry Japan Ferrari F40 Front Spoiler

I got an email from my contact Hayakawa-san of Carbon Dry Japan the other day. He shared with me some pictures of a new part he was developing and the topic shocked me! I asked him if it would be ok to share it with everyone as an early release here on the blog and here we go!

Carbon Dry Japan and I are looking for Ferrari F40 owners interested in this LM influenced original front lip spoiler. The spoiler is produced in full dry carbon with aluminum honeycomb. I would image the market for a part like this is very small, but if you own a F40 there is no denying that this is one very special part! It is priced expensively as one would expect given the fact probably only of couple of these will ever be produced and the R&D that went into the molding of it.

I just thought this was one of the most unusual high end aftermarket parts coming out of Japan so it would be a good topic to share!

Carbon Dry Japan Ferrari F40 Front Spoiler

If anyone would like to provide feedback to us or share interest in this product you can email me and I’ll continue to be in touch with Carbon Dry and pass along any information. ben@bulletproofautomotive.com

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Toda Racing Ferrari F355 Stroker Kit: 491hp, 8500rpm

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I was talking with fellow blog reader Jay Hundred about the variety of JDM tuning recently. Jay brought to my attention a curious new release by Toda Japan. I call it curious because I really wonder how many people are buying a 2,355,000 JPY stroker kit (26,500 USD before wire losses, shipping, etc)  for their aging Ferrari F355. On one hand I’m not surprised because for as long as I can remember Toda has had a hand in F355 tuning, but I’m just surprised that by now they didnt release a stroker kit for a F360 or F430. I just dont see many people racing and modifying F355s. Most that have this kind of coin to drop on a pricey stroker kit seem to have moved on to F360s and newer. Although I’m guessing Toda can and will prove me wrong since they just released this comprehensive kit.

Regardless, the Ferrari F355 must really move nicely with nearly 500 horses and a redline near 9000rpm coming out of this 3.9L V8.

Thanks Jay Hundred for the lead on this.

Toda Stroker Kit Ferrari F355

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