Our clients supply a road legal 1989 – 1994 Ferrari 348 tb or gtb for the basis of our comprehensive restoration and modification program. When the work is complete, the car keeps its original Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and is legally registered, operated and licensed in the same manner as the original.
The car is comprehensively disassembled
and all bodywork and components are removed,
leaving the bare chassis.
The monocoque (unibody) is media-blasted to bare metal and then coated for rust prevention. The monocoque then receives additional welding strengthening and fabrication in preparation for its new bodywork.
The standard steel engine mounting frame is removed and upgraded to a lightweight frame which accommodates the Tipo F131 (Ferrari 360) engine. The frame has to be considerably stronger to cope with the significant power increase from our tuned engine.
Once the chassis work is complete, we commence work on the major mechanical components.
Once the chassis work is carried out,
we start work on evolving the
vehicles core mechanical components.
Our engines are completely disassembled then meticulously blueprinted, balanced and hand-built using new or state of the art components. We take the standard engine from a Ferrari 360 which delivers 400bhp and tune this to 500bhp. This 5 valve-per cylinder engine and has been meticulously developed by the our engineers to create our ultimate incarnation of the naturally aspirated V8. This engine retains the Titanium connecting rods and crankshaft but all other components are evolved. Air flow is significantly increased with a state of the art intake system. The engine has shared DNA with the racing Ferrari 360 GTC and NGT cars from the early 2000’s which dominated their classes.
The standard exhaust is removed and a lightweight stainless steel set is its replacement. This is tailored for the power characteristics of the uprated engine, with benefits in throttle response, torque distribution, and top-end power. The exhaust system can accommodate catalytic converters if legally required. It mates to a lightweight stainless steel muffler which exits the rear via 4 iconic tailpipes.
We replace the original 5 speed gated transmission with a smoother 6 speed gated transmission. This gearbox has ratios specially chosen to maximise the power potential from the engine for ultimate sporting and track use. The upgraded gearbox is much more forgiving than the 348 original and makes driving the car in urban conditions much more enjoyable.
After replacing the engine, transmission and exhaust system, the car has the major carbon fibre bodywork fitted (we detail this process in the following tab). Once this has been completed, the car has new suspension fitted. The original wishbones are retained and all bushings and drop links are uprated. The suspension is specified and set up to offer an excellent mix between daily usability and sporting potential. It is tuned to provide a compliant, quiet and comfortable ride on the street while still offering great control during fast road or track use.
A new Brembo braking system is also installed with significantly updated discs and callipers. Additional cooling for the front brakes is achieved through the apertures in the new front bumper as well as air inlets in the wheel arches.
Once the final mechanical components have been fitted, finishes to the bodywork can be carried out
Running parallel to reassembling the mechanical
components, we upgrade and evolve the
electrical and lighting systems in the vehicle.
The 25+ year-old electrical system of the Ferrari 348 is completely replaced with new technology. It is a lightweight system that surpasses most current road car and motorsport systems in quality, longevity and functionality. At its heart is a state of the art Motec Engine Control Unit (ECU) operating in conjunction with dual Motec Power Distribution Modules (PDMs) that replaces the entire fuse system. The wiring harness is manufactured by hand with motorsport specification wiring and connections.
The headlights and taillights are replaced with modern units which radically upgrades performance and there are new day-running-lights (DRL’s) integrated into the new front bumper.
After the major electrical and mechanical components have been evolved, we finish fitting the bodywork to the vehicle
The bodywork manufacturing process is the
same that is used to produce the carbon
fibre components for a Formula One car.
The carbon fibre bodywork is constructed from premium ‘pre-preg’ carbon fibre and is vacuum bagged and baked to a temperature of over 250 degrees in a pressurised kiln called an ‘autoclave’. These parts are made in an aerospace environment, benefiting from attributes of extreme strength and light weight.
The areas of the exterior replaced with carbon fibre are as follows:
- Front bumper
- Front bonnet
- Front fenders
- Front splitter
- Side skirts
- Rear fenders
- Rear bumper
- Rear bonnet
We create bespoke front and rear grilles which are made from aluminium and fit seamlessly within the new bodywork. The pop-up light
All bodywork panels are fitted to the car and painted in one of the 40 colours we feel compliment the cars beautiful curves. Evoluto has meticulously researched and blended these colours to recall some of the stunning hues pioneered by Ferrari over their illustrious history. We use only the finest PPG or Glasurit colour-bases and clear-coats, ensuring a beautiful and durable finish.
After we have completed the fitting of the bodywork and the vehicles mechanical/electrical systems are installed, we put the vehicle through a strict quality assurance procedure. We then pass the vehicle to our interior trim team who fit the custom interior.
Huge attention to detail has been paid
to present an interior rich in ambiance,
texture and exquisite details.
The interior is 100% upgraded from the original Ferrari 348. Every detail is evolved to create an interior with vastly superior comfort, quality and practicality. For example: the seats are replaced with custom units that recall the infamous and rare seats from the 348 Serie Speciale. All carpeting is removed and replaced with lighter materials depending on final specification.
Another example of our evolution process of the interior environment is the replacing of the complete dashboard assembly and centre console which are replaced with lightweight carbon fibre units.
The interior can be personalised in a number of different ways through the selection of certain optional materials and fittings. These items can alter the character of the interior towards a luxury or sporting intent or indeed any combination of the two.
For more information on the specific interior upgrades which can be chosen, please get in touch directly.
Once the interior trim is complete, the car goes through another quality control stage before being delivered to the customer.