It’s finally here! Phase 1 of making my Ferrari 458 Italia LOUDER! I reached out to S-Line Exhausts and got them to send me their Ferrari 458 X-Pipe exhaust which is HAND MADE in the USA! It’s an incredible piece of stainless steel art that not only looks incredible, but makes the 458 finally sound like a proper Ferrari – like an F1 car!
The installation is not terribly difficult but expect to spend a day. The hardest part was removing the factory exhaust. Access is somewhat limited so you have to be patient. After trying for many hours to get mine out, I finally gave in and cut it out using a sawzall.
After installing the new exhaust, I take the Ferrari 458 out for a spin so you can hear the amazing sound of the new S-Line exhaust!
Richard was trying to install a new hard-wired radar detector in his Ferrari 458 Spider in preparation for the Bullrun GT Rally. Unfortunately he accidentally broke his Ferrari! He was trying to find a 12-volt power source for the radar detector and may have accidentally sent 12-volts onto some low voltage wires.
He brought the 458 over to Josh’s garage and we trouble shoot the faults for a few hours. We ended up finding a few popped fuses but unfortunately we think he may have fried one of the ECU’s.
We wanted to get some baseline numbers for my 458 and Chris’s 458. We also wanted to try and see what Mike’s Aston Martin DBS would put down so we took our cars over to Calvo’s and threw them on the dyno. Unfortunately the dyno seems to have a bit of inaccuracy and the numbers came out really low!
So after a few weeks, Chris took his car back over to Eurocharged ATX and their dyno had some pretty accurate numbers plus they had the AFR readings which we were really interested in.
Josh did some tuning on the cars and we’ll have to see how much horsepower they gain!
I’m about to go on the Bull Run GT Rally which is over 2,000 miles so I wanted to make sure the Ferrari 458 is ready. To prepare for the road trip, I change the oil and oil filter, change the air filter, check the air pressure in the tires, and check that the lugs are torqued properly.
Of note I install the Euro spec site filter instead of the US spec. The reason is its cheaper and it’s a little bit louder.
The Project Ferrari Testarossa is almost ready for it’s major, but before we take the engine out of the car, we wanted to see what it will put down on the dyno. The factory rating is 385HP at the crank, so you factor in a 15-18% loss and it should put down somewhere between 315-330HP if it is in perfect condition.
The Ferrari Testarossa was considered a Grand Touring car from Ferrari, and as such it was frequently sold with the matched luggage set. The beautiful Italian leather luggage consisted of 6 pieces specifically designed to fit inside the Testarossa so you could drive across the country in style and pull up looking like a complete badass with your Testarossa luggage.
In this video I open up all 6 pieces, and also show you how to place the luggage in the Testarossa so it actually fits! Seriously, it actually does! I was shocked at how well the suitcases are made and the Italian leather smelled divine. It’s truly a perfect example of the crazy excesses of the 1980’s.
After we bought the 1987 Ferrari Testarossa Project car, Richard heard about this and decided he really wanted a Testarossa. So after looking around, he actually found a really good one that ALSO needs an engine out major… So he BOUGHT IT! And yes, we’re going to do 2 ENGINE OUT MAJORS at the same time! Absolutely insane!!!
Also I got to achieve a childhood dream and drive the Testarossa to Cars and Coffee Austin at the Circuit of the Americas. It was an awesome experience getting to see how the car drives and feels, and what the technology was like in 1987. It’s a difficult car to drive as it has no power steering, no power brakes, a heavy clutch, and it’s just old tech. But it’s SO worth it.
Marc brought his Lotus Exige to the Normal Guy Garage so we could flush the brake fluid. It’s really simple on this car and took us less than an hour. Here’s my sort of how to DIY guide to changing the brake fluid on a Lotus Exige.
Marc brought his Lotus Exige to the Normal Guy Garage so we could change the oil. It’s really simple on this car and took us less than an hour. Here’s my sort of how to DIY guide to changing the oil on a Lotus Exige.