If you spend any amount online checking out pictures of modified cars, then this particular Testarossa from the Okayama region of Japan will likely have popped up in your feeds at some time.
Whatever you think about a slammed collectable Ferrari on air suspension is totally up to you – I’m not even going to go there – but what I will touch on is just how well this build has been executed.
It’s precisely why I chose it as the first car to open my coverage from this week’s Wekfest Japan. The event was once again held at Port Messe in Nagoya, a dome-like exhibition center that was supposed to have been torn down years ago. Obviously, it never happened.
This isn’t the first crazy-low Ferrari we’ve seen on Speedhunters, and I don’t think anyone could forget that 348 featured last year. I see this Testarossa in a very positive light; it’s a car built by an owner who obviously wants to use it and flaunt it. He’s given it a very unique look by only addressing the suspension and wheels and letting the wedge profile of this iconic ’80 supercar to do the rest.
The car sits on airbags, a solution that offers the best of both worlds. It can be driven on the street with no problems and then dumped to the ground at shows with the wheels tucked tightly up inside the rolled stock fenders. Very few Ferraris have a stance like this.
The wide, deep-dish five-spoke wheels are a nod to Maranello cars of the period, and in staggered 18 and 19-inch sizes work a treat.
It should be noted too that everything that’s been done to the car is reversible, so the ‘ruined’ argument doesn’t really apply here.
As you can see above, the owner has even attempted to make the old flat-12 breathe better with two big BMC carbon air-box canisters, which would surely liberate at least a couple of horses.
Every time I walked past the car at Wekfest I had to stop for another look. Aside from the fact that the Testarossa has, in my eyes, never looked better than it does right now (what is it with fashions and designs cycling back into vogue?), I enjoyed checking out this particular example and just imagining at all the haters losing it.
Now it’s over to you. What do you think – yah or nay?
Dino Dalle Carbonare
I Like it because the owner didn't ruin it with a set of silly bolt on over fenders...
(Maybe adding a Hamann rear spoiler will be good as well?)
I don't really like Ferraris but the Testarossa is an exception - and this is the nicest one I've seen to date.
Props to the owner for doing what they like!
If only it was white...
I honestly thought this was the 348 featured hahahaha
Looks mad. Idk why "purists" get so mad with a car like this. He didnt chop it up for wider fenders, just slammed it. Plus he could always put standard suspension back in, swap for more track-oriented wheels and tires and its all good.
PLEASE feature that OSAKA JDM EA seen next to the Ferrari
The world could use more modified "unicorns" in my opinion
Stance isn't my thing but I kinda like this... *ducks for cover
Absolute yah. Nothing bad about taking on such an iconic car. Just don't make changes that you can't turn back. That's exactly what the owner has done. So applause.
Love that opening shot, Dino! That square rear end is perfect. Are they stock taillights or have they been given an old school mini truck trick with the grill extending over where the lights would normally be?
I think it looks cool and you don't see stuff like that everyday, now would i ever do that if i could? hell no
Probably handles better now. Those were always pigs so they are hard to "ruin".
Most likely it's making it even worse.
Lowering it solves nothing in regards to the CG position (which as Dino says is way too high) and probably places the roll centre even further down, making it roll even more.
Not much short of messing with suspension geometry will solve that car's handling issues.
yay for the slammed ferrari
This is the definitive proof that money does not bring good taste and knowledge.... This asshole transform a piece of art above wheels into a big piece of shit... congratulation for your dumbass attitude!
It truly is a beautiful car i love Ferrari but those classics are amazing the are a dream and you turned it into something better something downright gorgeous love the engine the stance is epic and it really is a cool car and your the lucky one who owns it
Pure. Hot. Garbage.
I'm in between on these cars...I applaud someone doing what they want and especially if it's clean as this car is, but on the other hand the stance and cambering fads of the day confound me as they look cartoonish, and obviously would not work well mechanically if run that way which obviously they don't...so why even do this craziness?
Anyway, I hate nothing but if I had this car, I would not do this type of thing to it for sure...but then again, what else would/could you do with a frickin' Testarossa????
dope, very dope. now i just have to save enough money to give my eighties wedge( mk2 supra) the stance it deserves to look even better than factory
It's bagged, so just raise it up and it won't look like trendy shit anymore. Save the terrible stance for clapped-out VWs.
How to ruin a beautiful car. Should put to jail person who do things like that.
Honest to God, enough - this is grotesque. The Testarossa's stock ride height is fine.
I'm starting to think of slamming a car as the vehicular equivalent of a beautiful girl getting tattoos - she looked great the way she was, but she's gone and fucked herself up for the sake of some atrocious fad.
This world is full of close minded guys that think they are "true car guys". They think they are. And building shit. I give this thumbs up! Fck yeah I say! Do it as you will, who gives a shit what people think.
Im not a fan of airride but everyone should know for themselfs what to do with their ride,but on such a high end car like a Testarossa you may expect a fancier Airbox setup it looks so cheap ass,to use these items
So when i got this right, he just lowered his Testarossa and put some other wheels on it and everyone says "wow!". I did change my wheels too and my exhaust is a Blitz Nür Spec but let me tell you, no person on earth said "wow!". Whats the point here? i dont get it.
It's a nice looking car, but it isn't anymore of a build than the kid that shows up to your local meet in a Jetta on air with 3 piece wheels and an intake with a Heineken mini keg for a heat shield.
I remember the last one being a waste. I'm assuming this one has better build quality? Considering everything is 'reversible', I'd hope so.
I'd also agree that the tr looks great right now. That 488 is also quite good looking.