• Oct 18, 2010
World's Fastest Ferrari – Click above to watch video after the jump

We've seen a lot of special action from the Bonneville Salt Flats this year, but this just about takes the cake. The guys from P4 by Norwood, a Ferrari tuning shop, are laying claim to the title of the World's Fastest Ferrari with a record run of 275.4 mph averaged over two sprints. Using a stock-bodied 1985 288 GTO, owner Steve Trafton managed to snag not only the title of world's fastest Ferrari, but the world's fastest sports car (AA/BFMS) at the same time. The Prancing Horse beat out the previous record holder by just over 3 mph.

Interestingly enough, Thrafton skipped using a high-dollar Italian mill for this car's beating heart. Instead, there's a 540 cubic-inch big block General Motors V8 wedged down into that slinky body. Two Borg Warner 80-mm turbos help shove a full 17 pounds of boost into the eight-pot. Thrafton isn't saying exactly how much power the car is laying down, but it has to be enough to move a planet on command if need be. Hit the jump to watch the Ferrari do what it does best on the Utah salt.

[Sources: Seattle Post Intelligencer, YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Not really world's fastest ferrari when you use a GM engine......
        • 4 Years Ago
        . . . what a joke.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Way back when, Ferrari made the engines. Pininfarina made the cars.

        Put a GM block in it and you have a fast GininMarina...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did the driver have a moustache and a hawaiian shirt?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's so funny reading all the comments here. The guy puts a chevy motor in a ferrari, and you'd swear he committed blasphemy and should be hung for it.

      You people are such "purists"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, to be quite honest it is a kind of blasphemy...you can't claim to have the world's fastest 'Ferrari' without a Ferrari engine. In truth he only has the world's fastest Ferrari body and chassis...not the world's fastes Ferrari, I hope you understand...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sacrilege! The engine is the soul of a car. Nothing against 'Merican motors, but this is mixing two flavors that should not go together. Also, pointless...Why use a very valuable Ferrari GTO, which now has lost 2/3 of its value, when you could use, say, a Corvette, that already comes with a Chevy V8, and probably has better aerodynamics too? Or he could have used a Fiero with a Northstar and a Ferrari body kit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A 300 mph Fiero would be much more impressive indeed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a crew member in this record run I can set the record straight. It was "just" a 308 that was lenghtened to fit 288 body panels. Also the reason a Ferrari engine was not used is that the record we were after was in modified sport and the engine class was AA, meaning a minumum of 500 cu. in. The rest of the pieces are Ferrari. The folks that say no big deal ought to try a run or two down the salt in a short wheelbase car. After all, world record means its never been done before.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was heart-broken to see that they pulled the 2.8 V8 in favor of a GM engine.

      GM engines are fine, and have their places. They are pretty much ubiquitous in almost anything, anymore.

      Under the deck lid of a real 288 GTO IS NOT IT, not even for this purpose.

      The only non-Ferrari engine I would even think of being interesting under the 288 GTO's deck-lid would be a twin-turbocharged Hartley H1 V8, which is pretty much the same displacement, but smaller, lighter, and even more powerful than a stock 288 GTO's engine.

      Or maybe a theoretical 3.2 liter H3 V12 built from BMW's new I6 motorcycle engine's cylinder blocks and heads on a common crankcase, if Hartley builds one of those.

      Otherwise, an original Ferrari should have a Ferrari engine. If you want a cheaper drivetrain, build a replica in the first place, and leave an original alone.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the combination of an Italian chassis and an american power plant is about as awesome as you can get in the car world. Love the sound :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      Aaaargh, stupid ****** copyrights. "This video contains content from UMG. It is not available in your country." Whoever thought of that should be hung.
      I would love to see a Ferrari and hear the beautiful sound of a turbocharged Big Block...
      • 4 Years Ago
      For all you haters of Detroit iron..................there is no replacement for displacement!

      Though I agree with the other comment, is this really a Ferrari anymore?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Forced induction IS a replacement for displacement. If you don't agree I think you need to look up the definition of the word displacement.

        "No replacement for displacement" was probably wrong the day it was coined.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You mean that Ferrari OHC engine was replaced with a primitive American pushrod V8? Well, I guess it needed to last more than one run.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ bolus:

        Then you've apparently never compared the weight of a Chevy small-block to a number of other smaller engines then.

        It's wrong to assume that more displacement = more weight. Plus, if you substitute the lesser displacement with turbos or a supercharger, are those free weight then?

        There really is no replacement for displacement, turbos and superchargers effectively just create more displacement. They don't replace displacement, they actually create more of it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So when you add displacement and forced induction you get the best of both world's. I swear, some of you guys have a very shallow understanding of how to effectively make horsepower.

        Let's put this in another perspective. I can crank 1000 hp from a forced inducted 4 liter engine, but I could also make the same power from an 8 liter engine with forced induction. One is much more likely to survive a 5 mile long speed run.

        (I'll give you a hint, it's not the 4 liter.)
        • 4 Years Ago
        wrong

        the Zr1 needs a charger to do anything a lambourgini goes faster, with less displacement and no charger.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes but more displacement = more weight. I'd rather have a lighter boosted engine. But I like going around turns.
      • 4 Years Ago
      sooooo, it's not a Ferrari.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A Cherrari.

      One thing it ain't is Italian.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I bet they were disappointed they couldn't reach 288mph.
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