k-swapped ferrari 308

A Build Worth Watching: The StanceWorks K-Swapped Ferrari 308

My current favorite build on the Internet is Ryan Tuerck’s Formula Supra. That project is nearing completion, and it’s been a blast to watch. There’s another impressive project car taking shape though, and this one comes from the mind of Mike at StanceWorks. He is taking a Ferrari 308, ditching the Italian power, and swapping in a K24 motor from a Honda. And it’s brilliant.

The goal of this build is to bolt up a sizable turbo, juice up the engine, and head off in search of 1,000 horsepower. Along the way, Mike is fabricating everything he needs to get it done. And he’s explaining how he’s doing it along the way. The finished product should be rather amazing. Above you’ll find episode 39 of this build, which means if you haven’t been paying attention you can go back and watch all the work that’s been done so far.

It’s been a joyride watching this one come together, and we still have a ways to go. Like Formula Supra, we will be posting updates along the way.

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5 responses to “A Build Worth Watching: The StanceWorks K-Swapped Ferrari 308”

  1. salguod Avatar

    This is fantastically irreverent.

    1. danleym Avatar

      Yep, and it isn’t based on an LS! That would just be too… stereotypically American. But a Honda powered Ferrari? Thats weird enough that I can get on board.

  2. Tanshanomi Avatar

    But wait, aren’t Ferraris supercars, and Honda’s Econoboxes?

  3. Lokki Avatar

    I don’t know…. I give this project a giant regular-sized small tiny Meh of indifference.

    Sufficiently boosted, you can get 1,000 horsepower out of a lot of engines these days. It is more a triumph of choosing strong enough materials more than engineering prowess. In this case, they started with a Honda. That the modified engine is being placed in a Ferrari shell is pretty much irrelevant, other than for its Click value. The car will no longer function as “a Ferrari” which is to say as a sophisticated, balanced sports car with bespoke engineering. The rest of the car was not designed for 1,000 horsepower, and will have to be modified to handle it. So new brakes, shocks, suspension, roll bars… ad infinitum. I didn’t bother to read the article so I can’t say that the Ferrari transaxle can’t handle 1,000 horsepower, but I’d bet they are not using it. Hell, even the gauges won’t work with the engine software so they get tossed too.

    So the shell is merely a container for the thing contained – a 1,000 horsepower engine – and whatever is other stuff they slap on the shell. The project might as well be based on an Opel GT for all the relevance the shell has to the project.

    But, hey, the name Ferrari makes people titter and then click, and that’s what it’s all about.


  4. Zentropy Avatar

    Just my perspective, but this project kicks the living $#!+ out of that new Supra build. The only thing I don’t like is the goal of 1000 hp. A more reliable 400-horse powertrain would provide plenty of thrill in a drop-dead gorgeous classic Ferrari. The Supra might ultimately wipe the track with it, but it would be plenty of fun on the street and wouldn’t look like a rolling troll.