If you’re 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 few automobile that has been not too long ago unveiled on the Tokyo Auto Salon by non-other than Liberty Stroll, and everyone knows what Kato-san is known for … precisely, bolted-on large fenders, huge 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 equipment automobile, it appears his newest creation relies upon the true deal, one in every of only 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 reworked the icon right into a low-riding, wide-body, nearly LM look-alike, completed in vivid 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 below a Lexan cowl, further 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 so much wider in comparison with the unique unit.
And the entire equipment additionally consists of a brand new set of facet skirts to take the design from the broader entrance clip onto the rear, which as you may need guessed has been enlarged much more with massively large ‘bolt-on’ model fenders that really 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 switch the unique unit, and whereas it won’t be an actual reproduction of the well-known Ferrari F40 LM model, at first look this new Liberty Stroll equipment positive jogs my memory of that one.
It’s apparent from these photographs the automobile is now sitting on some sort of air-ride suspension equipment, the large 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 large wheels to suit, there isn’t actually any official info on the scale of wheels Liberty Stroll fitted, the unique Ferrari F40 had some stunning 8 inches and 13 inches large, 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 in regards to 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 which may not be very spectacular at the moment, however again in 1987 these had been some hefty numbers, and often Liberty Stroll isn’t recognized for engine tuning, so my guess is that they didn’t change something on this LBWK F40, I do comprehend it isn’t too troublesome 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 large physique nonetheless comes with 471 hp.
And that additionally appears to be the case for the inside, which nonetheless boasts vivid 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 so much 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 positive isn’t to everybody’s style, however Kato-san is used to that, his creations are beloved by some and hated by others, but it surely does appear there’s a marketplace for these imposing large physique conversions, each in Japan and in different elements of the world.
One factor is for positive, whether or not you prefer it or not, there will probably be folks on the market that really want to purchase this model new equipment from Liberty Stroll, and so they have already got it listed on their official website, comprised of FRP, they checklist the person elements, however as for pricing, it’s ‘on demand’ solely, so that you’ll need to get in contact with them to know simply how a lot it takes to transform an authentic 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 equipment, not a carbon fiber one, pricing could possibly be across the $50,000 to $60,000 mark, however that’s with out the wheels, the suspension, and becoming this intricate equipment, which can take plenty of hours to get proper, and subsequently much more cash to color to a present automobile end, so when all is alleged and accomplished, I believe you’ll be $100,000 or extra.
Let’s check out a video of the disclosing of the Liberty Stroll F40 on the 2023 Tokyo Auto Salon:
The video under reveals the automobile, and a number of other different Liberty Stroll creations in the course of the Tokyo Auto Salon, and after they wrap up the present and drive the automobiles away: