If you want to know it means to be a true car enthusiast, you need to hear this story about Doug Demuro. Doug used to work for Porsche PR, but now he is a writer like all of us here at TopSpeed. Well, just like us except he also owns a Ferrari . This is where the story gets interesting.
You see, Doug hates people that own these amazing cars that only hoard them. You know the guys – if you look at their car wrong, they make sure you understand that it is their car and you are to come nowhere near it.
The problem with that is it’s cars like this that bring people into our automotive world. Kids don’t excited about seeing a Camry , but when they see a Ferrari, they suddenly know why cars are cool . Doug decided that the best way to share his automotive fortune would be to, well, share it. He found 20 different friends and let each one drive his shiny red Ferrari 360 Modena .
Best of all, he had the foresight to film the whole adventure. The car comes away 100 percent unhurt, so if you wanted to see scraped paint, look elsewhere. What actually happened is 20 people experienced a life-changing drive in a Ferrari, and it is beautiful.
My hat is off to you, Doug. Oh, and the next time you want to try this, just give me a call.
Click past the jump for more info on the Ferrari 360 Modena
The Ferrari 360 Modena was the predecessor to the F430. It featured a 3.6-liter V-8 mounted behind the seats that was good for about 400 horsepower. This was also the first car to really move Ferrari into a modern styling age. Gone are the sharp angles and flip up lights of cars like the F50 and Testarossa, instead we elegant curves and aggressiveness. It is easily one of my favorite Ferraris of the last few decades.
While the car didn’t have much more power than a Ferrari 355, the car it replaced, it was much faster and more spacious thanks to an aluminum space-frame that was developed with Alcoa. That fact is one of my favorite, as I only live about 40 minutes from Alcoa metals, but I digress. When it was released in 1999, it immediately became one of the fastest and best-performing road machines money could buy.