A French company – Evoluto Automobili – has emerged with the mission to reimagine the Ferraris of the 90s and bring back the spirit of purely mechanical performance.
In a world of increasingly digital and high tech vehicles, the concept sounds refreshing, especially since it involves an amalgam of old school Ferraris.
Evoluto Automobili bases its build around the Ferrari 348, which was in production between 1989 and 1995. The body is heavily modified and appears to be a hybrid of the 348 and its successor the F355.
The rear end and side intakes are predominantly influenced by the F355. A clear screen covers the mid-positioned engine giving us a view of the naturally aspirated V8.
The designers have added some modern aerodynamic surfaces. The perimeter of the body is dressed in carbon fiber skirts and a large diffuser sits under the rear bumper.
Overall, the result is gorgeous. Evoluto successfully brings back the classic wedge-shaped supercar with the help of modern features and details which make it look current and relevant.
But the modifications don’t end with just the visual appeal. The company decided to swap out the original 3.4-liter V8 engine (Tipo F119) for a bigger, more modern, 3.6-liter V8, coming out of a Ferrari 360 (Tipo F131).
The “new” engine produces 401 horsepower and 275 lb/ft of torque, however, Evoluto has plans to tune it up to 500 hp.
In addition to that, they plan to remove more than 1,000 pounds of weight from the 3,300 lbs Ferrari 348. There is some serious re-engineering needed to meet these goals, but with modern technology and enough determination, anything is possible.
The final car will offer power to weight ratio of 4.6 lbs/hp – 2.5 times better than the original Ferrari 348 at 11 lbs/hp.
The Ferrari comes with 6-speed gated manual transmission. Evoluto Automobili fully embraces what they call “peak analog” meaning purely mechanical performance.
So, far we’ve only seen a rich gallery of CGI renders of the final Ferrari. We can’t wait for the real pics and the official technical specs to see how much of these claims will become reality.