To many car enthusiasts, Ferraris are perfect the moment they leave the factory. They are the epitome of aggression, speed, performance, and precision. There are forums and teams and groups all over the world who get together to talk about Ferraris like they’re sacred entities.
That being said, there are many people who believe that any change to a Ferrari—at all—is sacrilege. Many of these cars are limited editions, too, which means they only came out in very small numbers—and with the name “Ferrari” attached to them, there should be no reason to mess with perfection.
But there are others, in a separate camp, who don’t agree with this notion that all Ferraris are created equal (and perfect). Companies like Novitec Rosso, Liberty Walk and Mansory live to modify and tune cars to their customers’ desired specifications. They’ll take any car they can to try to make it better than the original. So the question begs to be asked: can you make a Ferrari better than an original?
We believe that the answer is a resounding yes. Sure, you can also turn a classic car into an over-aggrandized dud. But when you have master tuners at your disposal, the odds are in your favor that you’re going to get back a one-of-a-kind masterpiece—something that exceeds even the perfection that exudes from the designers at Ferrari and Pinanfarina (who design many of the Ferrari models).
Here are 20 modified Ferraris that will blow your mind.
20E2M FERRARI 458 ITALIA
The Ferrari 458 was a big deal for Ferrari when it first came out in 2009. It replaced the F430 and was considered a return to true form and dominance in the luxury sports car industry for the Italian design house. It was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show to critical acclaim—a beautiful mid-engined sports car sporting a 4.5-liter “Ferrari/Maserati” F136 V8 engine coupled with a 7-speed dual-clutch Getrag transmission.
The engine featured direct fuel injection, which was a first for its mid-engined road cars. It also gave the car 562 hp and a top speed of 210 mph and a 0-62 mph acceleration of 2.9 to 3.0 seconds.
Then the customizing specialists Evolution 2 Motorsport (E2M) came out with their own version of the 458 Italia with an awesome, icy blue color scheme. This 458 was derived from the Challenge Trofeo Sportivo racing upgrade, built with a carbon fiber air box and custom-made 21-inch wheels. The other biggest alteration to this car was the ECU reflash, which pushes the horsepower from 562 to 602. With the upgrade, the car cost the designers $239,340. Eventually the 458 would be replaced by the Ferrari 488 in 2015.