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.
gallery: Ferrari 575M Maranello
Advanced Clean Air Technologies - ACAT Global, through JBR Motorsports’ Jim Busby, has transformed a stock production Ferrari 575 in an effort to break the current World Land Speed Record, at the Bonneville Salt Flats, during the Bonneville Speed Week, August 11th-17th, 2012.
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — ACAT Global commissioned the project in an effort to showcase the design and technology of the corporation’s new catalytic converter. Acquiring all technology and manufacturing assets of GM/Delphi’s metallic catalytic converter division, ACAT Global is currently producing the world’s lightest, smallest, most cost-effective, and greenest catalytic converter on the market today. GM/Delphi invested an estimated $500 million, during an 18-year period, to bring the technology to the point of full commercialization.
The leader in clean air technology, ACAT produces the cleanest, most efficient catalytic converter substrate on the market today. It uses one-third less precious metals, yet still achieves the same emissions reduction while reducing sound by 30 decibels. ACAT’s technology raises environmental standards across the board while also creating a significant cost-savings in raw materials used.
According to ACAT Global’s CEO Joe A. Moch, "The impact of this patented and proprietary technology has far reaching implications, not only from a business and manufacturing perspective but, something of even greater importance — a profoundly game-changing global environmental impact."
Transforming the production Ferrari 575 into a vehicle set to race in the Grand Touring class at the Bonneville Salt Flats during SpeedWeek, is a challenging, but distinctive, undertaking. Spearheading the customization effort is renowned endurance racing’s Jim Busby, whose JBR Motorsports has produced numerous race titles and nine World Land Speed Records.
Legendary Motorsports artist Troy Lee has been commissioned to create the graphics for the extraordinary French Racing Blue Ferrari.
The rareness of the undertaking piqued the interest of ACAT Global’s Joe W. Moch. Moch switches gears from international road racing experiences, to U.S. straight away speed, as he attempts to break the World Land Speed Record, of 232 miles per hour, in the CGT Class, aboard the ACAT Ferrari 575 - car #4013, mid-August.
The World Land Speed Record breaking attempt involves three days of inspection for the car, a Rookie Orientation, licensing, Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) requirements, a series of ramp-up runs and several progressing stages of control demonstration for Moch. During the 3 mile course, Moch will have to demonstrate an ability to control the car while staying within 150-175 miles per hour. Upon earning his 175 mph badge, Moch moves the ACAT-backed Ferrari 575 onto the salt for testing and must then bring the car to a speed of 200 mph in order to qualify for the record.