Typically the words “eco-friendly” and “performance” don’t mix together well, but sometimes they pull it off. A great example of a successful attempt is the ACAT Global Ferrari 575 by JBR Motorsports. ACAT Global specializes in making less expensive and lighter catalytic converters, whereas JBR focuses on building bad-ass race cars; a match made in heaven. This modified Ferrari 575 is set to take on one of the largest challenges in the world, and that is to overtake the world land speed record – in the Grand Touring class, of course – at the Bonneville Speed Flats.
JRB and ACAT have been tight lipped about what this Ferrari 575 has behind the rear seats, but we are 100 percent certain that it is a little more than the standard 515-horsepower 5.8-liter V-12 that the stock 575 boasts. Granted, that engine is good, but certainly not enough to beat out the Ferrari record of 232 mph.
The exterior of the Ferrari 575 is draped in a coat of French Blue Ferrari Racing paint with graphics by custom-graphics-extraordinaire, Troy Lee, but the remainder of the exterior modifications are still unknown at this time. We are certain that the Ferrari will boast a lower ride height to help with aerodynamics and a series of diffusers on the rear to help reduce the drag on the rear of the Ferrari.
As we approach the August 11th debut of the Ferrari 575, given it passes its 3-day testing phase, we will learn more about this super-fast Ferrari. We will pass information along to you, as we receive it.
Click past the jump to read the press release regarding its record-setting attempt.
The Ferrari 575M went out of production in 2006 after only four years of service, so buying a new model to replace the older one isn’t really an option for any Ferrari fan. Thankfully, a 575M owner has shown us that just because the car isn’t new, doesn’t mean that it can’t sparkle and shine like it just came off of the lot.
The modifications aren’t extensive by any means, but what this Ferrari owner did to renew his ride is cover the exterior of the vehicle in an exquisite white paint, and then add a new set of wheels in a multi-spoke design and painted in black to contrast the body of the car. Take a step back from the 575M and it becomes clear that the front and rear bumper have both been lowered, with a new set of side skirts added to complete the look.
If anyone thought the Ferrari 575M didn’t look good before, then this owner could definitely serve up his ride to prove they are wrong.
If only we could get invited to these exclusive track meets, then we’d be the ones getting videotaped with our fancy Ferraris instead of being the ones watching it from our sofas all while imagining the day when we could get our hands on a Prancing Horse.
That being said, there’s no shame in watching these videos because, well, this is probably as good as it can get for us.
This track video comes courtesy of Marchettino who somehow found himself at
Monza riding with a bunch of Ferrari owners for a nice day of leg stretching around the Italian race track. Watch the video and you’ll notice some of Maranello’s best running around Monza, including a black Ferrari 458 Italia , a Ferrari 599 , and what looks to be a Ferrari 575M . Oh and there’s some Ferrari 430 s and 360 s scattered in the area as well.
If that’s not enough, we get a close-up look of an F430 Scuderia going full blast at 170 mph while producing that unmistakable engine roar to the delight of our speakers.
Not to sound like a jealous man, but…I want one of those!
Admit it, people. You’re all as envious as we are right now.
The key elements of the new 575M Maranello can be neatly summed up in the model name. In fact, the engine is described by the new numerical code, 575, as this is an abbreviated indication of its capacity, increased from 5500 to 5750 cc, resulting in an increase in both power and torque. The letter M, an abbreviation of ’modified,’ underlines the fact that changes have been wrought to all areas of the model’s performance. Key amongst these, apart from the engine is the introduction of an F1 type gearbox, first time on a 12 cylinder Ferrari road car.