Rue Saint-Honoré – Prodrive inspired 550 Maranello

DSC_0175There was a crawling traffic jam through one of Paris’ more exclusive shopping districts the other day. Drivers were becoming impatient and horns were beeping, but above the urban noise rose a sound quite unlike anything else.

DSC_0181Finally, a properly modified Ferrari emerged! You’ve got to be very careful when modifying these cars and most get it wrong, but this one was oh-so-right (with the possible exception of the wheels – white 5 spoke OZ’s would set this 550 on fire). Drawing obvious inspiration from the Prodrive prepared 550’s that tackled Le Mans and raced the GT circuit back in the early 00’s, this 550 really did look like it was lost on the way to the track.

DSC_0050This is the genuine Le Mans 550 in the Prodrive museum, spotted when I visited Prodrive a few weeks back. As far as race replica’s go, this is a pretty good one.

DSC_0184And it wasn’t just a bodykit either – the V12 was the recipient of some serious work and what sounded like straight pipes made everyone aware of that. The driver tired of the jam, and when an open side road appeared I’m reasonably confident he visited the redline in that short space. The noise was pure racecar – drowning out everything in its wake with the howl of a race prepared Ferrari V12, with the overrun roar sounding arguably more impressive. It was something to behold.

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  1. Viano July 8, 2013 Reply

    Methinks I'm going to put my white Motul sticker in the same place on my rebuilt 75. Good idea?

  2. Tom Gilbert July 9, 2013 Reply

    Nothing like a tourist with a camera to get the locals redlining their cars. You are bringing the best out of them!

  3. Viano July 10, 2013 Reply

    Slow and steady. Many hours spent making the insides sparkle. General condition of engine very good, with one failure of big end bearing in cylinder number 3 being the cause of damage. Prognosis is quite good. Every bit so far has been good fun. Fingers crossed for the future.

    • Andrew Coles July 13, 2013 Reply

      Sounds good, I'm looking forward to seeing it out on the track next year!

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