In case you are a Ferrari purist … I counsel you to click on away from this text, you won’t like what you’re seeing, but when this intrigues you, learn alongside as we’re speaking a couple of automobile that has been lately unveiled on the Tokyo Auto Salon by non-other than Liberty Stroll, and everyone knows what Kato-san is legendary for … precisely, bolted-on extensive fenders, large wings and dropped to the bottom air-ride suspensions, and whereas the Lamborghini Miura Liberty Stroll we’ve seen earlier than was really a reproduction, a package automobile, it appears his newest creation relies upon the true deal, one in every of just one,311 items of the 1980’s Ferrari F40.
Sure, you’re studying this proper, Kato-san from Liberty Stroll in Japan took aside a Ferrari F40 and remodeled the icon right into a low-riding, wide-body, virtually LM look-alike, completed in shiny white with the compulsory pink circle on the door and another decals, however let’s check out what he actually modified. Like the whole entrance clip of the unique automobile, now with twin uncovered headlights underneath a Lexan cowl, extra air vent above the entrance wheels, a large air extractor simply forward of the windshield, and naturally massive fins on the corners of this unit, all very spectacular, and naturally lots wider in comparison with the unique unit.
And the entire package additionally consists of a brand new set of aspect skirts to take the design from the broader entrance clip onto the rear, which as you might need guessed has been enlarged much more with massively extensive ‘bolt-on’ fashion fenders that truly work fairly effectively within the general scheme of this very particular LBWK F40, subsequently, we swing round to the rear, with a brand new rear diffuser but additionally an imposing rear wing to interchange the unique unit, and whereas it won’t be an actual duplicate of the well-known Ferrari F40 LM model, at first look this new Liberty Stroll package certain jogs my memory of that one.
It’s apparent from these photographs the automobile is now sitting on some type of air-ride suspension package, the extensive wheels are tucked into the wheel arches manner an excessive amount of to have the ability to be pushed like that, and on the backside of this text you’ll discover a video the place they transfer the automobile away from the rostrum after the Tokyo Auto Salon ended, and also you clearly see it rising up earlier than going ahead, and whereas everyone knows a wide-body conversion wants some massively extensive wheels to suit, there isn’t actually any official info on the dimensions of wheels Liberty Stroll fitted, the unique Ferrari F40 had some lovely 8 inches and 13 inches extensive, 17-inch tall wheels, so did Liberty Stroll stick with these measurements and fitted spacers to fill the broader wheel arches, or did they make customized offset wheels that transfer out additional? Whichever the case, these all-black wheels look wonderful on the white LBWK F40 with Toyo Proxes tires.
One other uncertainty is concerning the engine, initially the Ferrari F40 would include a twin-turbo V8 engine, 3-liter with an influence output of 471 hp and 425 lb-ft of torque, figures that may not be very spectacular immediately, however again in 1987 these had been some hefty numbers, and often Liberty Stroll isn’t identified for engine tuning, so my guess is that they didn’t change something on this LBWK F40, I do realize it isn’t too tough to improve the turbochargers on an F40, but when they wished to go down that route hasn’t been talked about wherever, so, for now, I’m going to state this white extensive physique nonetheless comes with 471 hp.
And that additionally appears to be the case for the inside, which nonetheless boasts shiny pink Sparco seats, they do include a Liberty Stroll script on the backrests, however initially the automobile already got here with light-weight race-style seats, and so they look lots like those we’re seeing on this LBWK F40, now they may have been changed with extra fashionable items, however once more, that isn’t talked about wherever, additionally the dashboard pod appears to be similar to the unique 80s unit too, so personally, I believe Liberty Stroll solely modified the outside of the bottom automobile, and so they modified it significantly, and it certain isn’t to everybody’s style, however Kato-san is used to that, his creations are beloved by some and hated by others, nevertheless it does appear there’s a marketplace for these imposing extensive physique conversions, each in Japan and in different components of the world.
One factor is for certain, whether or not you prefer it or not, there might be folks on the market that truly want to purchase this model new package from Liberty Stroll, and so they have already got it listed on their official web site, comprised of FRP, they listing the person components, however as for pricing, it’s ‘on demand’ solely, so that you’ll must get in contact with them to know simply how a lot it takes to transform an unique Ferrari F40, which isn’t going to be low cost by itself, into this wide-body, low-riding LBWK F40, but when I must make an informed guess since it’s an FRP package, not a carbon fiber one, pricing might be across the $50,000 to $60,000 mark, however that’s with out the wheels, the suspension, and becoming this intricate package, which can take quite a lot of hours to get proper, and subsequently much more cash to color to a present automobile end, so when all is alleged and executed, I believe you’ll be $100,000 or extra.
Let’s check out a video of the revealing of the Liberty Stroll F40 on the 2023 Tokyo Auto Salon:
The video under exhibits the automobile, and a number of other different Liberty Stroll creations throughout the Tokyo Auto Salon, and once they wrap up the present and drive the vehicles away: