November 3rd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
Messing with the styling of a Italian supercar is always a risky game to play. But tuning firm Anderson Germany was undaunted when it worked over a Ferrari for its latest creation the Ferrari 458 Italia Carbon Edition special.
Visually the reworked 458 cuts a striking figure with some severe carbon fibre treatment that includes the front splitter, front bumper flaps, wide side skirts, a discrete rear lip spoiler, engine air outlets, rear side window air intake grilles and front bumper ventilation grille. But replacing all those parts with carbon fibre pieces still wasn’t enough so the lightweight material has also been used on the roof, bonnet, door handles and mirrors.
Performance from the Ferrari’s V8 engine has been tweaked to 464kw by reprogrammed software and a replacement exhaust system. Other upgrades include a lowered suspension kit and stealthy 21-inch alloy wheels with low-profile performance tyres.
June 4th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
The Porsche Carrera GT has finished its production run, but that doesn’t mean German tuning house Gemballa has to stop having fun with it.
The latest Gemballa Mirage GT Carbon Edition got some attention back in February, but details and images were scarce, both have now emerged. The name gives it away and the modified Carrera GT features a lot of carbon fibre trim, but the carbon on the latest Mirage isn’t just for show: the aerodynamic changes improve the car’s performance by channeling airflow in and around the supercar to keep it breathing free and gripped to the tarmac.
Naturally, Gemballa hasn’t stopped there. The Porsche V10 powerplant has been tuned to produce 670 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque, enough to propel the GT up to 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 334 kph. There’s also an electro-hydraulic adjustable suspension to keep that carbon fibre low points clear of curbs. The package costs a ridiculous 300,000 euros, which doesn’t even include the cost of the donor car, and production will be limited to just five examples.