Bought Not Built: Introducing Project 360

Someone once told me the easiest way to turbocharge your car is to buy one with a turbo already fitted.

By this logic, the easiest way to build a track car would be to buy one that has already been raced. Brilliantly simple in hindsight, less so when you’ve spent many years doing the exact opposite.

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Thankfully, the Speedhunters audience doesn’t adhere to this advice, which makes our job as storytellers infinitely easier. Because owning a car isn’t about jumping straight across the finish line; it’s about the build, the journey, and the terrible decisions along the way. So many terrible decisions…

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Here’s a familiar story: You take a perfectly good car off the road to (try) and make it better. This quickly gets out of hand and suddenly you need a cheap daily in its absence. That daily turns out to be brilliant – because it actually works – and definitely deserves a few tweaks to make it even better. Fast-forward six months and that cheap runabout is now becoming a show/track/drift/drag car (delete where appropriate). Soon, another cheap daily is needed to replace the old one.

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It’s taken me 15 years to realise there might actually be a better way around this. That and the fact only 20% of the cars I own actually work right now, which is some peak first world problems. So, for once – the first time, in fact – I’ve done the exact opposite of what makes Speedhunters great. I’ve gone and bought a car already finished by someone else.

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As you can see it’s a red sports car with a prancing horse on the front, so we know it’s either a Ferrari or a cleverly disguised Toyota MR2. The headlights look like they belong on a ’90s Peugeot, so by default we can assume it’s a 360 Modena. But this one’s officially known as a Modena Challenge, and that makes it a little bit different. Mainly because it’s not driven by Oakley-clad accountants who think it’s fine to tuck a polo shirt into boot-cut jeans.

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The 360 Modena Challenge isn’t a road car that’s been modified for the track; it’s not even a track car that’s been kicked through Demon Tweeks. It’s a dedicated race car, built from a bare shell at Maranello for the Ferrari Challenge race series back in 2000.

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Less than 200 were produced and it was the first Challenge race car to be built on Ferrari’s production line. Older variants, like the 348 Competitzione in 1993 and 355 Challenge in 1995, started off as road cars before being converted later down the line. With the 360 Modena Challenge, there was no compromise. Its sole purpose was to go racing, and nothing else.

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I paid £14.99 for the number plates from CT Autoparts in case you were wondering. But before we get to that, there’s a bit more geekery to cover which is also my way of trying to justify this car’s existence in the Speedhunters Garage.

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The 360 Modena Challenge was only available in left-hand-drive and only with the F1 electro-hydraulic gearbox. It was pretty sparse; gone were all interior comforts (including air-con, carpets and leather) in favour of a carbon fibre bucket seat, 6-point FIA roll cage and fire suppression system. That did mean quite a spicy weight saving – 1,170kg (with all fluids) versus 1,493kg for the standard car.

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According to Google, that’s about the weight of half an adult cow, which weirdly doesn’t sound that much. But it’s also roughly the same as seven porcelain toilets, which somehow seems like a lot more. Anyway…

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What about the Challenge Stradale? This came after the Modena Challenge race car, and while it was lightweight and track-focused, it was still very much a capable road car. If you can imagine a spectrum of car comfort, the stock Ferrari 360 sits happily at the ‘pretty comfy’ end along with feathers, shag pile carpets and head massages.

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In the middle lies the 360 Challenge Stradale – a bit harsher, a bit more noisy, but still perfectly useable on road and track. Then, right at the opposite end, lurks the 360 Modena Challenge complete with its own monthly chiropractor subscription.

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Power for the race car remained the same as the road one (400bhp at 8,500rpm), but to give you an idea on performance difference, take a look at the Fiorano lap times – otherwise known as Ferrari’s test track.

The stock 360 Modena puts in a 1:33.00 while the Challenge Stradale brings that down to 1:28.00. As for the Modena Challenge, that’s six seconds faster with a 1:22.00. Which is 1.5-seconds faster than a newer 458 Speciale with almost 200bhp more.

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This is all a bit fake news though, isn’t it? You can’t go and compare a dedicated race car with something that can actually be used on the road. But what if that race car wore £14.99 number plates from CT Autoparts?

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That’s where Project 360 enters the picture. It’s one of just a few Modena Challenge race cars which have somehow ended up road legal, and the last thing anyone should be spending money on during a global pandemic.

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Having visited Japan many times and eaten a wide variety of local foods, I feel it’s important to point out that not everything the Japanese think is a good idea actually is. Like chicken sashimi. But in the instance of this car – and specifically the last owner who managed to register it for the road – they were definitely onto something.

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I’ve owned this 360 Modena Challenge for roughly six months now, and while I can comfortably say it’s the most ridiculous car I own, I can’t take any credit for its build other than arranging the finance. It’s bought, not built. Ferrari did the bulk of the hard work in Maranello followed by K&M Speed in Japan a few years later. More on them in a minute.

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I’m a firm believer in the built versus bought argument being total nonsense. I don’t think anyone can be considered more or less of a car fan based on their mechanical ability. I could probably fit a set of brakes, but I’d make a mess of it. And when I’m upside down in a hedge waiting for recovery, putting ‘built not bought’ on the report isn’t going to help with my insurance claim.

On the flipside, I have total respect for anyone who does put in the time and effort to build their own cars, regardless of skill. It’s a mentality I admire, because I struggle to find the patience to see even basic DIY mods through to the end, let alone anything major.

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There are plenty of reasons for choosing one route over another. But as long as you’re not taking credit for someone else’s work, can we all agree to appreciate builds for their very existence and not cut ‘em down for how they came together? If we need to hate on anything, let’s focus on those who upload black and white teaser photos of repainted cars.

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If you aren’t already familiar with Harlow Jap Autos in the UK,  I urge you to ignore their Instagram at all costs – unless you’re a board member of a pharmaceutical company manufacturing a COVID vaccine. Harlow’s stock is some of the best in the world, and ever since buying a Skyline from them a few years back, I’ve been mildly obsessed with what Ozz and the team are bringing over from Japan. Like the Cockpit Wako R33 GT-R here, or the Veilside R34 GT-R they’re currently in the process of rebuilding.

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I’m convinced they’ve installed spyware on my phone though, because within a week of sending images of track-spec 360 Ferraris to Ben and Ryan, this Modena Challenge magically appeared in stock. It was red, had a roll cage and Japanese number plates. I couldn’t think of a single reason why it’d be a good idea, which in turn made it a no-brainer. How bad could it be?

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On the road, it’s a bit like sticking Usain Bolt in a pair of Crocs and making him run the 100m sprint. He’ll do it – and be ferociously fast in the process – but by the finish line he won’t be entirely happy.

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Because, unsurprisingly, race cars aren’t particularly good as road cars. That doesn’t mean they’re not entertaining, but if your brain isn’t wired in to the Speedhunters way of living it’ll get quite annoying quite quickly.

None of these issues will faze anyone who’s ever made their road car into a track car and got a bit carried away; there’s a weird sense of pride associated with driving something that has no place being on the road. I thought getting older might change that, but if anything, it seems to be getting worse.

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The 360 is far too low, far too stiff, and far too noisy for sane motorists. But the same could be said for my first 1.4-litre EJ9 Civic I bought 15 years ago. The only difference now is I look like someone who’s gone through an aggressive divorce.

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Actually, there is one real annoyance – the steering lock. Or rather, lack of. Having half a turn each side does require a bit of re-evaluating your drive. Parallel parking? Forget about it; you’ll look like this Austin Powers clip. T-junctions are the real bugger though. If you don’t stay far enough to the left or cut the junction early, you’ll end up on course for the grass verge. Not ideal on the A43 to Northamptonshire.

But you know what? If it wasn’t noisy, uncomfortable and a bit ridiculous, I’d have been disappointed. For years I’ve obsessed over building track-spec road cars, and while you usually end up with something pretty good, you always wonder what it’d be like to have a dedicated track car instead.

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Admittedly, I might have jumped straight in the deep end with an old Ferrari rather than something more sensible like a Clio Cup, but my brain tends to get confused at the idea of doing things by half measures.

And if we’re being brutally honest, it’s only a Ferrari 360. This isn’t some air-shifted LMP1 prototype with number plates; it’s a heavily focused Modena with an exhaust so loud it made one neighbour issue a death threat on Facebook. We’ll save that for the next update, but before we wrap it up, I need to tell you about K&M Speed’s involvement while in Japan.

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Modena Challenge race cars weren’t exactly common – especially in Japan – and this particular car had some properly weird additions, which you can see in some of the pics (red steering wheel, red rear-view mirror, and M Tecnologia side skirts). I fired up Google Translate and eventually found it on a website.

Err, this website.

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Back in 2009, Dino covered the annual Tsukuba Super Lap Time, which you can still see here. One of the oddballs from that event was a Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge built by K&M Speed and Swift Springs. Even with its fairly moderate power output, the car – this car in fact – lapped Tsukuba in a healthy 59.3-seconds, which was good enough for it to win the N/A Open Class.

Through the wonders of social media, I ended up speaking with Kasuya-san from K&M Speed who helped build the car for its previous owner, Toshiaki-san. If someone contacted me about a car I’d previously owned I’d likely go into hiding, but Toshiaki-san couldn’t have been more friendly, sharing a whole load of images and articles which you can see above.

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When I asked him why he sold it, I received back a picture of a Ferrari F40 sitting on centre-lock BBS wheels. “With Kasuya-san from K&M Speed, we have made it 600PS with GCG turbos, MoTeC engine management, Öhlins dampers and much more,” Toshiaki-san replied. Seems a fair replacement.

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Nerd-out complete, what’s the actual plan for it?

Obviously, there’s going to be a three-part unveiling on YouTube. Maybe some videos of it being revved or attempting a McDonalds drive-thru – real hard-hitting stuff. Although on second thoughts, this is Speedhunters; we should all be trying to preserve car culture and not kill it off.

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In reality, it’s racked up around 1,500-miles so far with the bulk coming from an ‘impromptu’ track session at Anglesey earlier in the year. It’s a 500-mile round trip for me, and handily coincided with a photoshoot being done for Top Gear magazine back in September. Who’d have thought taking a race car to a shoot – on a track – would end up with a few laps at the end?

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I’ve already swapped the stock wheels for a set of BBS RE700/701s (similar to the NGT design but still 5-stud) along with fitting a new steering wheel and quick release on account of me being western and fat.

For the past few weeks, it’s been over at ICS Motorsport in Henley-Upon-Thames having a complete health check to get it fighting fit once again. ICS are doing the belts, plugs, all fluids, and replacing the huge number of ball joints and linkages within the suspension which have all perished over time (sped up by frequent road use).

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Once that’s all complete, I’ll be swapping the aero over to something a little less wacky involving Challenge Stradale side skirts and an NGT front bumper (non-wide version). I don’t dislike the way it looks currently, but it looks a bit out of balance with the front splitter sitting higher than the side skirts. Important racy stuff.

After that, it’s a case of taking it on as many track days as our COVID-shaped 2021 will allow. My skill is a world apart from the car’s ability, but it’s not going to stop me having a massive amount of fun in the process. That is until Ryan overtakes me in his E30.

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It’s not all going to be Ferrari-branded clothing and lap times though; I’m still a Speedhunter nerd at heart, and the best way I can demonstrate that is with a new set of wheels – arguably the best wheel design in the world. I’ll leave you with the teaser above and next time we’ll see how they look fitted.

Mark Riccioni
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mark@speedhunters.com

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WTF Is Going On

Wow, the 360 is the most beautiful Ferrari ever, in my opinion! My childhood dream! And here it is actually FAST! It would be amazing to see how this project goes!

Author2

Appreciate the kind words! I think i'd struggle to call it beautiful when compared to a 355 or Testarossa... but it definitely looks better built to race!

That being said, the 348 Competitzione conversion HJA currently have seems the best of both... https://www.instagram.com/p/CJRQPXzMIJe/

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Mark, you absolute mad man.

Author4

I'm no sure at what point it becomes an issue, but we must be getting close haha!

5

Get a 'stache and we'll call ya our SH Mad Hatter.

6

Why the dual temp gauges?

Author7

Quite honestly... i'm not actually sure why. Both read-outs (oil & water temp) are shown through the Magneti digital dash, so i can only attribute it to being 'Just Japan Things' aka not entirely necessary.

Unfortunately, they've used a modified dry sump plate to use for the Defi oil sender, which doesn't look particularly nice + the sender wasn't very solid. So we're swapping that back over to a stock item and doing away with both gauges.

8

Nobody sane trusts his expensive Ferrari to Magneti Marelli italian sensors and electronics... Japanese are clever people and they install things they can trust :)

9

Granted I'm saying this on pure speculation, but it could be that they wanted to monitor temps at multiple spots in the oil/water paths. Either way, I don't think you'll miss them.

Really enjoyed the read, and congrats on the impressive addition to the garage! I'll be looking forward to the future updates.

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Glad to see TE's making their way back onto the car!
My dream is a gated Giallo 360 coupe, so this is getting me right in the feels.

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thathellastockusdm3rdgenyaris@instagram

*insert comment related to ferarri*

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As much as I would always get an NSX or R8, I have always had a soft spot for Ferrari especially this 360
Nowadays the 360 is coming to really good value and the looks just never gets old sure maintenance will be expensive and ride will be a bit rough but they're just amazing cars to drive and the name just says it all even though some of us may never get a chance to own one at least we'll always appreciate them

Author13

I think you're right on all accounts, the looks especially i think are growing a lot on people and just that era of Ferrari becoming a lot more appreciated now.

For me, the 36/430 is still plenty fast enough to use on road and track, but not so ferociously fast they're unusable by 'normal' drivers. They're also relatively reliable and not too terrifying to maintain compared to the older stuff. A happy medium so to speak!

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Yeah definitely! Someday I'll get to own a 360 or a F430 if I can afford one

15

Definitely looking forward to this one! Man the 360 and F430 are among Ferrari's best cars!

16

Dang, maybe I need to get a job at Speedhunters. I can barely afford to keep my '99 Honda Civic VTEC running as a daily driver...

17

There's no way Speedhunters is paying this much. He's got to be doing tune-ups and selling groceries on the side.

18

He's got to be doing tune-ups and selling groceries on the side.



“Now whatever it is you're in on, I want in on it too.”

Classic. You got those directions to Race Wars?

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Osteopath treatment gift card in the post

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The amount of giggles in this post makes me spent 5 minutes more in the lavatory. Now my feet is numb

Author21

The highest praise, we need to use this as the website's byline.

22

Absolutely gorgeous. It would be a dream to have a Ferrari racing car sitting in the garage more so than any other car.

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Arthur Lyssenko

Imo those bbs (ch's?) are absolutely perfect for the car, and this is coming from someone that has owned 4 different sets of te37sl's on 3 different cars lol

Author24

Funnily enough when putting the images together for this piece it reminded me how good the original Challenge wheels look. The RE700/RE701s are some of my favourites on the 360, mainly because of how good the M Tecnologia demo car looks on 'em: https://speedhunters-wp-production.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/ia1.jpg

That being said, they don't have the right tyre size fitted to the rear (295/30 currently rather than 295/35 on the standard wheels) so it's a little bit out of balance, although i'm swapping over to Advan A052 which are the correct sizes. The TEs 'should' look pretty cool, a bit more 'tuner' for sure but TEs = life.

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I would really appreciate driving built-race car (from Ferrari), but I can't imagine the hot and humid driving condition especially in my tropical country. Here, simple car fixing task would make me dripping sweat like crazy. Oh, how I even you, Mark.

I can't wait to see how the VR wheels being fitted to the 360.

Author26

What country are you from? Funnily enough heat has never been an issue here in the UK! Although on the flipside we have rain... and this particular car doesn't really have a windscreen demist function (plus the perspex sliding windows aren't great when stationary...)

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Jay Soh Tsu Chung

I’ll leave you with the teaser above and next time we’ll see how they look fitted.


We can already see how it looks with pictures of the cars in Japan. Hahaha!

I hope you keep that GT wing though. It looks hot like this!

Author28

Damn, didn't think that through haha! Although in my defense, these are bronze Saga TE37s. While I'd love to run Face 3 or 4 up front, it would require the wider NGT wings and completely changing the hubs/geometry in the process. Seemed fairly counterproductive given the intended use of the car.

GT Wing will be staying for the time being though, ideally want to swap it out for a proper 360 GT one. Here's another car with the NGT bumper & Stradale skirts: https://www.motorsportauctions.com/user_images/1957780.jpg

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Built or bought doesn't matter, because the one which is quicker and faster is always better!

30

so a purchased Gallardo is better than a restored Muira?

Author31

As Ben always says, fast never goes out of fashion

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I don't think someone will be against you in this case and suggest that it's better to build a Ferrari than buy it.
And for the never ending loop of purchasing a daily and ending up with another project and then search for another daily: buy the lamest, soul-less, junk-spec... daily;most of the times it will work with a little frustration but you need to keep convincing yourself that even with the upgrades it won't work.

Author33

I don't think we'll ever get out of that cheap daily loop... 'cus for all its frustrations, it is immensely fun isn't it? There's too many interesting, good, bad, terrible, fun cars out there to stick with just one. Although having at least one working one would be good...

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I"m jealous, sick car, You guys get paid way too much. LOL

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What Mark didn't show you is the scars from the internal organs he forfeited for payment.

36

I don't get the number plate reference. Is it special?

37

I need to get my photography game up, since there seems to be a lot of money in it, damn!

38

Been an avid speedhunters reader for years now, Just freaked me out a little bit having my daily read and seeing the office that i am currently sat in pop up in a photo, Shame i wasn't in to see the car the day it was here, Looks absolutely stunning

Author39

Cheers Paul! I need to do a follow-up piece on the systems fitted to it, boggles my mind the accuracy and features of it!

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Mihai Dumitrescu

While I do like and appreciate the Volk wheels, I actually support the opinions that consider the BBSs as a better fit. Leave them on, or keep them close, just in case. Cheers and enjoy the track days, it's an amazing vehicle!

Author41

Cheers Mihai, I'm excited to see how they look - i'm a sucker for Volks, but no reason why one set can't be for 'show/daily' use and the other for track.

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Mihai Dumitrescu

Ok, that could also work. Obviously, I'd keep the Volks for the track, but end of the day, do whatever suits you best and turn miles into smiles with that gorgeous 360.
All the best, Mark!

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More and more you realise speedhunter employees are rich and normal people cannot relate as much

Author44

Heck of a generalization there, but also not unsurprising when it's a red supercar in the mix. That being said, i urge you to go through the Speedhunters Garage as there's a wide range of cars - and the work being carried out - which i think anyone can relate to.

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nah. you've heard of house rich, cash poor? car rich, cash poor. same same. some of us just choose to spend a disproportionate amount of our income on hard to sell things that go vroom. or rather, easy to sell at 15% of what $$$ we've put into them. nevermind the time...

Author46

You've nailed it there - it's a mindset above all else. Doesn't matter if your income is $10,000 or $100,000; for some obscure reason we're programmed to hemorrhage every penny into the cars we own. And you know what? That's absolutely fine if it makes you happy.

47

more and more i think we are doing this the wrong way. with so many series and rule changes, i figure there has to be a tonne of old race cars needing a home as a daily and track day car.

this could just be the whiskey speaking when i look at 'old' AM Vantage's in the classifieds at the back of Msport mag's each month... surely a few tweaks would make that road legal

48

You made me laugh countless times. Freaking great article.

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That's how a Ferrari Ownership should look like !
Now You're living my childhoods dream.
We need regular updates for this Story. Congrats Mark !

Author50

Appreciate the kind words and 100% will make sure of that!

51

So when are you guys bagging it?

52

Sweet motor Ricci - and write-up. Apart from the bit about black and white teaser shots of repainted cars ;)

Author53

Haha! I'm just annoyed i didn't know what colour it was going...

Cheers dude, long overdue a catch-up.

54

"...with an exhaust so loud it made one neighbour issue a death threat on Facebook."

Really this neighbour was just upset they didn't get to go for a ride in your red, loud, Ferrari.

Author55

Exactly my thoughts, i'll get him some personalised ear defenders and see if that changes his tune

56

Anyone who buys a Ferrari race car for the road is a.... flipping legend! Love. This.

57

Who TF wears bootcut jeans, Mark?!?

Nice race car, it's sick.

Author58

2000-2003 fashion was a dark dark time...

59

Love the mentalness of this thing! Great write up and looking forward to the next one already.

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Single mom makes $89844/yr in her spare time on computer without selling or buying any thing. She does simple online work and cash every second of her time on this website. For further detail visit......bit.ly/39jrdq

Author61

For anyone wondering, this isn't the way you afford silly project cars.

62

Wait. What's wrong with tucking a polo shirt into boot-cut jeans? I'm way more into cars than fashion. ;)

63

That said. Love the car.

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Love it, nothing better than exotics with JDM touches, its such a good combo.

Speaking as someone who has a good job and has ploughed thousands of my own money into a project car in the last year or so (with no debt) how do people with seemingly normal jobs afford to own and constantly modify multiple £50-80k+ cars without being 100's of thousands in debt?

It's one thing I feel is never mentioned on SH or in any automotive media really - the cost of the hobby.

How the hell does one afford and run something like this and 10 other cool cars in real life? Especially if you pay other people to work on them and seemingly spend thousands a month on modifying and rebuilding them.

Do guys just plow every last penny they have into cars at the cost of everything else? Get in loads of debt? Come from rich families?

I get that you're an in demand photographer and will earn more than most, but some of the stables of cars people on here and on social media are seemingly beyond the means of the job they're in.

It's especially noticeable in "whoops I accidentally made a daft decision again bought another car that cost way more than most peoples yearly wage" type of articles like this. Especially compared to say someone like Paddy slowly building up his Golf over a couple of years and having to make sure it works as an all rounder because he needs it to be his main car too.

This isn't intended to be negative in any way, I'm just envious and genuinely curious, even in years where I've earned six figure sums I'd have seriously struggled to be able to spend so much on buying and building just one of these cars, never mind maintain a stable like you and others seemingly do.

Author65

I think it's absolutely a fair point and to be honest one of the project stories i enjoyed most recently was Ben's 190e which covered the costs and associated expenditure brilliantly.

From my side, i don't delve too much into the costs because - especially when you're then flamboyantly introducing a Ferrari race car - it's easy for the cost element to be the sole focus at the disregard of everything else. It's understandable, but ultimately where do you stop? There's a fine line between sharing the cost for genuine interest, and listing the costs because you're either trying to flex or justify what you've done. It's an interesting discussion though, and one i think we should approach more often.

The same goes for the work being done. I'm fortunate to have made a lot of car-based friends over the years, and to be completely honest the majority of work that gets carried out is usually done in between other jobs and at 'mates rates' to save the costs from spiralling out of control.

On the flipside of that, you run the risk of painting a picture of ownership being cheaper than it really is... which can then be met with its own criticism haha!

One thing i think social media often disguises is the timeline involved in a lot of projects and/or car purchases. It can feel like suddenly a LOAD of cash and work is being done in a short period of time... when in reality it's a much longer process than that.

Take my GT-R (flex alert) - this snapped a valve back in December 2018 destroying the engine. The car still isn't back and finished, because the cost associated with a new engine is thousands even when the labour is being kept sensible. However, if i do an article a month after another project update, it (rightfully so) gives the impression of limitless cash and spending.

Ultimately, i think a lot of it comes down to an individual's circumstance and not necessarily the total figure they earn... but what they're happy to classify as expendable income. Cars for me are quite literally all-encompassing; so any spare money i have i'm happiest putting into 'em because of the joy they give me. But if you're someone who enjoys fashion, HiFi, you name it - and cars form just a part of your interests - then absolutely it's going to seem insane why (and how) some people so much on 'em.

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Oh, just check the comments sections, lots of totally real people giving advice on how to make a bunch of money during your spare time!

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Haha. Your comment just make me laugh. Those pesky bots. Seriously though, I wonder what all those people $8,998 per week working 2-hours a day are driving. I hope it’s something really wild.

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haha I did think that perhaps they were all single mums that "makes $89844/yr in her spare time on computer without selling or buying any thing."

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Not that my opinion matters... but, I really enjoy the current front bumper, don't change it!

Author70

There's angles where i don't mind it! I think what i struggle with is how much higher the lip sits vs. the side skirts on the current setup. It's quite battered and cracked already though, and i've always loved the NGT aero so that's the reasoning behind why. But, i think if it was a more 'street' car on the Challenge CH wheels it'd definitely work.

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@ultimateracingtips

Cool car, but to take this a step further you can go into the Formula Ford or other formats for much less money, go a lot faster, and hone your driving skills even further. I'm personally not a fan of these cars, because I think once you decide to go full race car there are way better options out there than road based race cars.

Obviously you need a trailer etc, but I think if you can afford a 360 Challenge AND the maintenance that comes with it this shouldn't be an issue. When it comes to lap time a Swift DB4 will pretty much embarrass whatever the latest super car offering is (FXXK, P1 GTR, etc) and they go for about $30,000.

Just my $0.02

Author72

It's a fair point, and to be honest i think you're completely right if your end goal is to go as fast as possible in the most cost-effective way, and obviously improve your driving alongside with it too.

For me honestly, i'll always want a car to be road legal because that's how/where most of my memories are made with 'em. Even if it's as simple as driving to and from a circuit for a track day. I'm not a racer at heart; i love driving and i love driving on track, but i'm just as happy (if not happier) on a road trip or B road. You could argue this car maybe blurs the line a bit, but it's been brilliant fun so far and i can't wait to get back out once the weather improves here.

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The whole "built not bought" thing one of the most ignorant and stupid phrases to every be muttered by anyone that considers them a car enthusiast. Ranks right up there with "checkbook built car" and other variations. Just derogatory nonsense muttered by people trying to justify their own inability or insecurity.

This has been one of my favorite posts/stories in a long while on Speedhunters!

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Author74

For an angry marmot, you speak a lot of sense. Couldn't agree more; who cares how a car comes to fruition, the thing I'm more interested in is how it's going to be enjoyed.

75

If we need to hate on anything, let’s focus on those who upload black and white teaser photos of repainted cars.



I wonder who that refers to...

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