Doing Less, But Better: Madlane’s Ferrari F355
Minimal

Simplicity and clarity lead to good design.

You and I probably know it in a more succinct way – less is more. If ever there was a car that communicated this straight away, you’re looking at it.

Many of us associate the OEM+ movement with the VAG tuning scene. It’s an approach to modifying whereby the end result equates to far more than the sum of the build’s parts.

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The modifications are often carried out in such a subtle manner that it sometimes takes someone with intricate knowledge of that particular model to be able to spot that anything has been changed at all.

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At other times, the OEM+ approach can be far more in-your-face, whilst still remaining subtle and restrained. I’m talking modifications or aspects that are way too extreme to have been carried out by the original manufacturer, but are in keeping with the factory styling of the car, such as a seemingly subterranean ride-height, or wheels that look like they could have been an optional extra, were they not quite so wide/dished/fitted.

To the outsider, or those too quick to naysay, the OEM+ approach is often dismissed as ‘just bags and wheels’. To be fair to those criticisms, that’s often all there is to it on the surface, certainly if you’re the type for just skimming down spec-lists and totting up what’s been changed.

To refute this, I’d simply say that more doesn’t always equal better, and I can point you in several directions for proof.

With Impact
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One such builder who shares this ethos is Kazuki Ohashi, who some might know as Kazuki CrossGlow.

In a time and world where supercar tuning and modification often involves fitting the widest overfenders, cavernous deep-dish wheels, shin-destroying composite canards, the wildest chassis-mounted wings and brightest paint or vinyl, Kazuki maintains a wonderfully restrained approach.

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This Rosso Corsa Ferrari F355 GTS is testament to this. It’s the first complete project in a new joint venture that Kazuki and the owner of this F355, Tatsuya Yokoyama, have taken on, known as Madlane Ltd.

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The purpose of Madlane is to offer a bespoke modification service for those who want a more restrained OEM+ approach to making their supercars sit pretty.

I’m purposefully avoiding the ‘S’ word so as not to rile up the keyboard-bashers, or those who struggle to comprehend that all forms of modifying should be treated with equal respect – if we were all the same the world would be very boring.

We’ll be bringing you a look at what else Madlane have up their sleeves in the near future too…

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Curiously, it was Kazuki’s deep passion for Americana that set him on this particular journey in modifying and, although you might not be able to make the immediate link from looking at this project, there are plenty of parallels to be drawn.

Kazuki’s first car was a Chevy Impala lowrider, and it’s very much the lowrider approach to lowering and modifying that has carried through into this Ferrari.

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It all starts with the perfect base car for the project – Kazuki sources low mileage, clean condition cars to work on. The bodywork and interior has to be as perfect as it can be, which allows the improvements and changes that Madlane makes to compliment the original car, rather than covering up or enhancing a multitude of problems that already existed.

You might see it as the antithesis of modern-day supercar tuning.

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There’s no chopping up of bodywork or simply bolting on parts here either, and it’s this tailor-made approach to modifying that should be appreciated in lieu of a spec sheet as long as your arm.

When Madlane lowers a car to this extent, it’s done with no modifications to the metalwork. In this regard, Kazuki is incredibly respectful of what he’s working with.

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It’s not always what has been done, but how it has been done that we should be appreciating more, I feel.

Done With Care

Where lowriders use hydraulics, Kazuki uses modern air suspension technology to achieve the perfect mix of show and go. Custom air struts are controlled by Air Lift Performance 3H management – the F355 can be lowered down to within inches of the smooth Japanese asphalt, or, with the press of a button, raised up for a more practical approach to motoring.

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Adjustable height suspension has come a long way in recent years, with electronic management systems arguably advancing at a lightning rate compared to static systems.

Lowering a classic Ferrari like this may seem like sacrilege to some, but this particular F355 has had more time and attention paid to how it sits and handles than the countless examples parked outside of Harrods on a Saturday morning, or even worse laid up in a sealed bubble inside some investor’s garage, like some sort of glorified pension pot.

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The GTS is a car that Tatsuya can now drive, show and use, without compromise.

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Complimenting the ride height, Madlane specified a custom set of BBS CH501 wheels. I find myself surprised at admitting this as I’m a big fan of the OEM F355 GTS five-spokes, but these BBS suit the GTS’s lines perfectly.

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The GTS’s pristine cabin space has been tastefully brought up to speed with a pair of Recaro A8 seats and MOMO Prototipo steering wheel.

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Kazuki and Madlane haven’t reinvented the wheel here, they’ve simply taken a considered approach to supercar styling. Less is more when it comes to the OEM+ approach, and I can’t honestly think of anything I’d add or take away from this build to make it more ‘complete’.

Can you?

Jordan Butters
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Photography by Mark Riccioni
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1

Refreshing change from the OTT aero street cars/supercars.

But I'd change the wheels to not be as wide, so the tyres actually look like they fit

2

Would you now, my good sir

3

Simple and clean. Me likey

4

This to me is the perfect 355. Not too much, not too little. Great pics and writing as well.

5

it's the simplicity of the interior i'm really liking. was this one of the last Ferrari's with the classic shift gate?

6

It's not the last. The last was the 2009 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano (sadly).

7

That's absolutely glorious and I generally dislike "stance" cars.
The 355 isn't really the best to pedal hard anyways (let alone a bendy bus GTS) so these modifications add more where it does deliver in terms of theatre. Hopefully it has a rowdy exhaust system as the 355 motor is one of the best sounding cars ever.

8

f355 still looks fresh.

10

Why do the rims stick out farther than the tires?

11
Ivor the Engine Driver

It's due to a poor sense of style.

12

Is this seriously the first time you're seeing stretched tires? Hmm... must be nice. Go to Google Images and type in, "hellaflush." It's a cancer.

13

A question - besides the adjustable ride height, is there benefit in terms of body control and ride quality with air suspension? I'm sort of thinking in the sense of Range Rover or S Class, or some such thing, and would there be a improvement over coil/shock suspension?

14

As close to perfection as you can get. This gives me something to think about.

15
Ivor the Engine Driver

Another silly stanced degradation of a fine car, and another silly defense of same.

16

I agree 100%. Enzo would have him whacked and fed to the fishes

17

People who say OEM+ or "stage #" immediately red flag themselves as knowing nothing about car tuning.

"I’m purposefully avoiding the ‘S’ word so as not to rile up the keyboard-bashers, or those who struggle to comprehend that all forms of modifying should be treated with equal respect – if we were all the same the world would be very boring."

I like how people with engineering experience and tuning knowledge are now "keyboard-bashers" to some of America's leading keyboard generals who have yet to turn wrenches or race in any series besides some small track days.

All forms of modifying should not be treated respect. If I bought up every 962 in existence and then bagged them, lifted them and ruined them beyond historical repair we could all agree that I have done something destructive.

When we start celebrating mediocrity society as a whole and the tuning industry are in really deep sh it.

Or maybe we should all just shut our mouths and let you guys ruin car culture.

18

@Billy I get where you're coming from but your being a hair extreme.

Modifying cars strictly for aesthetics is far from new, much like this argument. Part of the beauty of this hobby is the fact that people are free to do whatever they want with whatever they want.

It's not ruining car culture as this segment has always existed, albiet it changes and refreshes every now and again.

Your statements read as though it's ruining motorsport, or modifying for performance which is markedly different. Some people, simply put, don't care about lap times. But at the same time enjoy the look, sound and thrill of a performance car. That's their and right to do with what they want to the car they own. (not you or I).

Celebrating medicorticy would be this car done at a poor standard with hacked quarters and halted springs. It may not be to your tasted but it is a rather clean execution.

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Ivor the Engine Driver

That's their and right to do with what they want to the car they own. (not you or I).



You are correct. It's also the right of observers to critique the car and to call out a writer who is behaving like jerk.

20

The world must be a tough place to live in when you get so upset about a complete stranger’s opinions not aligning with your - really very narrow - view on things. Try and lighten up.

21

I think everyone is perfectly calm. Author got called out for being an arrogant dip shit and is struggling to swim. Enter the senior editors to give him floaties.

This car is shit mate. Stop pushing bullshit and acting like people who disagree with you are "incapable of understanding."

Pretty sure you're incapable of understanding a majority of what you're reporting about, but I digress. Bye bye.

22
Ivor the Engine Driver

I don't care if he agrees with me or not. But must he insult me simply because I don't agree with his artistic vision concerning stances?

24

I didn't get Jerk from this post at all...

25

Is he behaving like a jerk because he has written something you don't agree with or like?

26
Ivor the Engine Driver

No, he's a jerk because he thinks anyone who doesn't agree with his opinion on this car's suspension set up is a mere "keyboard basher."

27

That's not what he said, though.

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Ivor the Engine Driver

This is what he said:

I’m purposefully avoiding the ‘S’ word so as not to rile up the keyboard-bashers, or those who struggle to comprehend that all forms of modifying should be treated with equal respect. . .


Now there's a paragraph dripping with arrogance, insulting those who disagree with him as mindless, angry and lacking the necessary intellectual horsepower to comprehend his proffered truth.

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@Ivor-- It's true that he didn't state outright, "those who don't agree with me are keyboard bashers for not understanding why the style in which this car has been modded, is a style that should be respected like any other." However, clearly that is his meaning.

Defending the author as *not* meaning to insult those who disagree with him is silly. His message is clear.

HOWEVER, labeling *him* a jerk helps nobody. In particular, it diminishes your argument against his labeling.

@Mark, The problem I see with this article is objectively calling the builder's suspension setup "perfect," rather than "Kazuki-san's perfect balance..." or something to that effect. Words like those, and the statement about how the car can be used "without compromise" need to qualified. Good writing doesn't make the assumption that we presume you speak for the builder.

Just a few words make all the difference. Should we respect ALL stance builds? No, there are plenty of them that are outright dangerous.

On the other hand, yes, we should respect those that are built well. As much as I can't agree with some of what you've said here, I love this statement:

"It’s not always what has been done, but how it has been done that we should be appreciating more, I feel." --- Those are words we should all stand by, IMO.

30

He didn't call keyboard-bashers to any specific group of people, you just made the decision to take it personal, because it's one thing to disagree, like me thinking that the wheels don't look right, and it's something totally different to call him a jerk for thinking differently, you might think he's the jerk for calling out anyone thinking different than him, which he's not doing, turning you into someone who calls out people for thinking different than you. Oh the irony, chill man, if you don't like the car it's ok, but you're missing a few points and focusing on something that isn't even there.

31

u're mostly WRONG

32

it's very good

33

There truly is nothing that will compete with the looks and charisma a red Ferarri gives. I wish I wasn't just a lonely old plumber rocking about in my van, and could join the elite and the rich anf famous and have my red number parked on the driveway for all to see!

34

The F355 is the most 'Ferrari' Ferrari in my opinion and this one just looks epic

35

So many negative people commenting lol. Just because something is not your style doesn't mean it's bad and ruining car culture. Being an asshole is not going to solve anything. People will still modify their cars the way they want because it makes them happy.

36
Jay Soh Tsu Chung

Man... I was expecting this car to have at least an aftermarket exhaust system to complement the looks. But I'm glad the bodywork as not been altered. The F355 is still the most beautiful mid-engined V8 Prancing Horse to me.

37

The stock F355 has pretty much the perfect ride height, not to low as it becomes an unsuable POS outside of a racetrack. This one is pushing it too far and make it looks much worse than the original. I have never really liked the stock euro 90's plastic looking 5 spokes would have complimented it nicely had the owner choosed to mount a sensible choice in term of width both for the rim and the tire.

Sadly it is pretty much a failure.

38

Its a perfect result in my opinion, and a refreshing style among all the stance/widebody/liberty supercars, BUT (there are always a but) i would have gone for higher offset, and a meaty choice on the tires instead, but thats me

39

Even thought I hate "Stance" aka not-very-smart , it actually looks good and sure, the owner can do whatever he wants to do it with it.

However, this is still just an OEM on air bags. There is nothing else special about it. Look at other 5 millions OEM setup on air with front license plate delete. This is just one those, except with Ferrari badge.

40

F355.. Wow!
i didn't read all the article, but from the comments section i can read that some beef is going on. I always say the same thing: You can give your opinion to everything. Its your good given right. But if you never have buildt a car, or ever touched a wrench, just keep your shit on the low. Simple's that.

Now my not so impotant, only superficial opinion. The car is great, the wheels are unbelievable, but a Ferrari with air suspension is a no-go. Anyway, its Kazukis car so he can do whatever the f... he wants.

41

That's a bit of stunner, Ferrari's last truly pretty car.

42

Love the wheels, it reminds me of the wheels found on a Ferrari Challenge but with concave and lip.

43

The want for one of these older Ferraris on air is getting too real

44

them cheap lug nuts doe..

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