2011 Ferrari 458 Italia by Underground Racing

The guys from Underground Racing really do have some fantastic projects coming out of their North Carolina-based firm and their latest tuning project will surely match up to the newly-formed high expectations for the twin-turbo loving tuners. Most recently known for the lavish twin-turbo kits for the Lamborghini Gallardo and Murcielago, Underground Racing is in the process of slapping on another luscious turbo kit to a different kind of supercar: the Ferrari 458 Italia .

Details on the kit have not surfaced yet, but Underground Racing has provided these teaser images as a carrot-dangling attempt to lead us to their finishline. And it most definitely worked.

The Ferrari 458 Italia by Underground Racing will no doubt feature over 1000hp, since most of their other tuning projects boast of the same type of power, and will mean a horsepower amount that will almost double that of the standard 570hp. Not bad for a vehicle that Underground Racing readily admits is already fabulous in its own right.

"Even though we were extremely impressed with the handling and all the other cool features of the 458, we knew there was something missing. So it was then time for the Underground Racing team to design a 458 Twin Turbo system. As the pictures show, this is what we came up with. We will have a Twin Turbo system with a stock engine as Stage 1. The built engine with Twin Turbo system will be stage 2."

UPDATE 09/02/2011: It’s been months since we heard anything about Underground Racing’s Twin Turbo 458 Italia, but the tuning firm has just laid out a new video showing what the sports car can do when equipped with the Twin Turbo Stage 1 package. This upgrade will leave owners with an impressive 700 rear-wheel horsepower on pump 93 octane fuel. Don’t worry, a 1,000 HP model will follow!

UPDATE 10/25/2011: How can a galloping stallion beat out a raging bull? Add a few more horses. Underground Racing has pitted their Twin Turbo Ferrari 458 Ferrari 458 Italia against Lamborghini’s all new Aventador for a little racing action. This time around the 700 rear-wheel horsepower Ferrari Ferrari whipped the 700 HP Aventador into shape, but Underground Racing promises a Twin Turbo Aventador is on the way. Check out the video of the duel after the jump!

Still on the fence about the greatness Underground Racing bestows? Check out the video after the jump to see every inch of the 458 Italia as it whips down the street!

Hit the jump to check out the basic components for a typical Underground Racing twin-turbo system.

Ferrari 458 Italia by Underground Racing VS Stock Lamborghini Aventador

Underground Racing’s Twin Turbo 458 Italia with an impressive 700 rear-wheel horsepower on pump 93 octane fuel

Basic Components

- Custom twin 76mm turbochargers
- Turbo race headers
- 2 TiAl billet wastegates
- 2 TiAl billet blow off valves
- Custom Air / Air Intercooler
- All exhaust tubing is constructed of high quality, high flow, mandrel bent stainless steel
- All exhaust tubing is coated with an ultra high temperature matte black ceramic coating that can withstand extended exposure to exhaust gas temperatures of 1700 degrees
- All air intake tubing is constructed of high quality, high flow, mandrel bent stainless steel and show polished to a mirror finish
- Premium quality high pressure T-bolt clamps are used for intake pressure tubes
- Premium quality V-band clamps are used for exhaust connections
- EBC Electronic Boost Controller
- Custom heat shielding


27 comments:

Why would someone turbo it, ruining the distinct flat-crank sound and power delivery, while shortening the engines usable service life EVEN more? Doesn’t seem like the smartest decision, honestly...but what do I know? I don’t own ANY Ferrari’s!

Underground Racing is well known for its performance upgrades for the Lamborghini Gallardo and Murcielago, most notably additional turbochargers. Now it has turned its hand to the Ferrari 458 Italia.

This is probably one of the earlier Enzo prototype that’s solely made for engine testing. I’m sure there are many other Enzo prototypes for aerodynamic and other testing, but based on the statement in this article, those are probably sold or destroyed already.

Wow... Amazing car, not only that, but also as rare as it gets... i’m scared to even think how much it will go for now... but in 30 or 40 years... something like this will easy beat prices of GTO’s...

They should build this with the top off! To see the engine all the time smiley

yes and it looks like you cannot have it in twice the price of the Italia. and like what you’ve said spending those money is worthy.

dang this is really a master piece, I wonder how much taxes did they payed to tune this baby for some aftermarket parts... but for sure every penny or Benjamin they spent is worthy.

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