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Thursday, January 12, 2023

A unique unusual Ferrari driven by Honda's drivetrain

~Unique ONES~ When you first see this unique car, maybe you will shake the head while asking what car is this? It is not surprising, when there are those who feel astonished by the appearance of this one car modification. Yup, this is the 1981 Ferrari 308 GTBi powered by Honda K-Series engine, or in other words, this is an unusual fusion of an Italian retro supercar and an easily modified Japanese drivetrain.
Here's the StanceWorks 244 GTK is built based on the Ferrari 308 GTBi and was modified in such a way by StanceWorks, including by swapping its engine to the Honda K-Series. (Picture from: SpeedHunters)
Then who is the mastermind behind the unusual modification of the Ferrari 308 GTBi powered by the Honda K-Series engine? He is Mike Burroughs, an automotive activist, infuencer, who is also known as the founder of the automotive website StanceWorks, and this uniquely modification result car was then reintroduced under the name StanceWorks 244 GTK.
The StanceWorks 244 GTK is featured with body kit parts in the form of a splitter, side skirts, bolt-on over fenders, diffuser and big-sized rear wing. (Picture from: MotorTrend)
As quoted of SpeedHunters, this controversial project originated from the complications that had to be faced by Burroughs in maintaining the distinctive originality for his Ferrari 308 GTBi. For example, it is difficult to get spare parts, if any, the price is relatively high. Then it was from here that he started to consider several engine options until he finally chose the Honda K-Series which he thought was very reliable, which combined power potential, abundant spare parts, and easy maintenance.
The StanceWorks 244 GTK's front-fascia is then sweetened by the presence of two square sized Hella lights. (Picture from: MotorTrend)
In short, the Ferrari's default 2,900 cc V8 engine was swapped to an inline 4-cylinder drivetrain with a capacity of 2,400 cc coded K24A2 of the Acura TSX. Then those engine is transversely installed inside the engine bay, which is then followed by a series of high-performance parts to boost its power, ranging from installation of a firm transverse engine mounting, low-profile valve cover of Skunk2, up to the Garrett G42-1200 turbo injection.
Mike Burrough of StanceWorks posed along with his creation, the StanceWorks 244 GTK (in the background) at the Sema 2022. (Picture from: MotorTrend)
With the such drivetrain changes, so the pipes are automatically upgraded by the using aluminum ones to keep the temperature optimally. Besides that, its cooling system is also maximized thanks to the CSF radiator, plus two large sized ventilations on its carbon fiber made hood.
The StanceWorks 244 GTK is powered by an inline 4-cylinder K24A2 coded drivetrain with a capacity of 2,400 cc of the Acura TSX. (Picture from: MotorTrend)
Then what about performance, under standard conditions combined with a 6-speed manual transmission system, the K24A2 unit can deliver a power output of up to 200 hp at 6,800 rpm and a torque of 166 lbs/ft at 4,500 rpm. However, the unit that is carried by the StanceWorks-built 308 GTBi has a performance of up to 1,000 hp or 800 hp more than the standard proportion. Then the potential for that much power is channeled to the rear wheels through Quaife QKE8J 5-speed sequential gearbox.
The StanceWorks 244 GTK's inside featured with a racing cabin layout completed with two Sabelt bucket seats. (Picture from: MotorTrend)
Meanwhile for its body sector, the Ferrari 244 GTK is supplied with body kit parts in the form of a splitter, side skirts, bolt-on over fenders, diffuser and big-sized rear wing. The appearance of the front-fascia is then sweetened by the presence of two square sized Hella lights.
The StanceWorks 244 GTK also has big-sized diffuser and rear wing coupled with Rotiform five-spoke wheels with high-performance Nitto tires that fit nicely on all the axles. (Picture from: MotorTrend)
Furthermore, to support the weight of the body, the H&R suspension springs and custom coilovers are believed to provide improvements in terms of handling and cornering speed of the car. While for the legs, it uses Rotiform five-spoke wheels and is wrapped in high-performance Nitto tires that fit nicely on all the axles.
This unusual modified car that was worked on by StanceWorks for almost 2 years, initially yellow and then turned white, was shown off to public for the first time at the CSF Radiators booth at the SEMA 2022 held in November, 2022. If you want to see the entire work process of this car starting from scratch until now, all of them is presented in the Stanceworkworks Youtube channel. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | STANCEWORKS | SPEEDHUNTERS | MOTORTREND ]
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