Restomods, what exactly is a restomod? Well according to Google and various motoring publications a restomod is a mixture of old and new technology which is combined to create a vehicle that is the best of both worlds, matching classic looks with modern day technology, performance and reliability. As a result, the restomod craze is growing rapidly and even though it is a relatively recent phenomenon in the collector-car world, I personally have seen/heard about my fair share of restomods.
Even though restomods can come in all shapes and sizes, it seems classic Porsche 911’s are the first and most popular choice for most restomodders out there and it’s not hard to see or understand why. As a result there has been quite a few Porsche 911 restomods that have shown up lately, coming from companies like Singer, Lanzante and Gunther Werks but Porsche 911’s aren’t the only classic’s sport scars that have received the restomod treatment because recently I received a tip regarding a Ferrari restomod, yes you did read that correctly and it is absolutely stunning.
This is it, what you are no doubt drooling over ladies and gentlemen is a Ferrari 348 restomod. Known as the Evoluto Ferrari 348 (not officially of course) this absolutely stunning modern day take on a future Ferrari classic is the work of Italian based Ferrari specialist Evoluto Automibili. Taking inspiration from the Ferrari 348’s successor the Ferrari F355, Evoluto Automobili aims to do for the Ferrari 348/F355 what American based company Singer does for the Porsche 911. According to Evoluto Automobili they plan ‘to evolve a future classic’ and that is exactly what they have done. As expected, the end result is as close as one can get to a ‘Singered’ late ’80’s, early ’90’s Ferrari.
Starting on the outside, Evoluto Automobili has left no stone unturned and even though a Ferrari 348 serves as the basis for this vehicle, the styling does look extremely similar to that of the Ferrari F355, however the styling has been modernized in just about every way. As a result, you will no doubt have noticed that the Evoluto 348 features more aggressive aerodynamics which includes a Ferrari 488 GTB style rear diffuser, a new front splitter which joins the broadened F355 esque nose, larger and more aggressive side scoops and larger rear lip spoiler. That is not all however, because Evoluto Automobili has also equipped the Evoluto 348 with new LED rear lights which seem to be borrowed from the Ferrari 812 Superfast or GTC4 Lusso.
Besides the above mentioned upgrades, the Evoluto 348 will also feature an exhaust tip design which replicates the performance exhaust systems found on later model Ferrari’s, such as the 575, 612 and F430. Just like newer and more recent Ferrari’s, the Evoluto 348 will also feature a clear window which will be integrated into the rear engine cover, in order to show off the Evoluto 348’s howling powerplant. According to Evoluto Automobili, although the Evoluto 348 is based on the Ferrari 348 alot of changes will be made. As a result, the entire body of the Evoluto 348 is completely new and it is made entirely of lightweight carbon fiber, which should help Evoluto Automobili achieve their 1,000 kg weight target.
Unfortunately no interior pictures were available at the time of writing this article, but we can tell you that the Evoluto 348 is likely to feature wider wheels and tires than a standard Ferrari 348, and we are also pretty sure it will benefit from a stiffer chassis and an upgraded suspension set up too. So then, what will power this beautiful Ferrari restomod? Well according to Evoluto Automobili, they have decided to outfit the Evoluto 348 with an upgraded version of the 3,6 litre, naturally aspirated, V8 which can be found in the Ferrari 360 Modena. However, it is believed that Evoluto Automobili is targeting an overall power output of 500 hp. Now 500 hp is quite a power increase, considering that the most powerful version of the Ferrari 360, the 360 Challenge Stradale only delivered 420 hp.
As for transmission options, it is believed that Evoluto Automobili will only offer their 348 restomod with a 6-speed gated manual transmission, which I personally think is a fantastic idea. On top of this all, Evoluto Automobili will also offer interested buyers the option of a car designed in the image of the Ferrari 348 GT/C LM with the iconic Repsol livery. Evoluto Automobili had the following to say: “We will be offering our vision in a special edition homage livery to this wonderful machine. It will also feature some individual performance upgrades and styling enhancements.”
As mentioned earlier in this article, this gorgeous vehicle hasn’t been officially named yet and Evoluto Automobili won’t refer to it as a “Ferrari” or a “348” out of respect for the Prancing Horse. However, if you are like me then you definitely want one of these stunning Ferrari 348 restomod’s. Unfortunately there is some bad news, Evoluto Automobili announced just three days ago that they are currently working on their very first prototype, so you can’t purchase one just yet. However, when the Evoluto 348 does go on sale, we are pretty sure it won’t be cheap. Considering all the custom work and development that goes into every example, we can expect an asking price of close to $1 million. On the other hand, I can think of a number of worse ways to spend $1 million, don’t you agree?
Steve & Chris Parry are contributors from stevespeedza.blogspot.com