Photo credit: Carlos Pecino via Car Scoops
Industrial designer Carlos Pecino has always been enthralled with the Ferrari 308, and figured that it could use a modern makeover, called “The Brawler”. For those who don’t know this iconic supercar’s history, the Pininfarina-styled Ferrari 308 GTB made its debut at the Paris Motor Show in 1975 as a direct replacement for the Dino 246. Power came from a 2.9L F106 AB V8 engine equipped with four twin-choke Weber 40DCNF carburettors and single coil ignition generating 255 hp, paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. Read more for additional pictures of “The Brawler”.
As you can tell it draws some inspiration from ’80s NASCAR race cars, most notably the Hoosier racing slicks. What really sets it apart from its classic counterpart is the engine, as “The Brawler” is now powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 engine sourced from a McLaren 720S that generates 710 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission.
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So I tried to keep the general essence of the original Pininfarina design with subtle changes here and there (no extra body kits, no crazy spoiler..) then combining with big Hoosier race wheels to get the extra aggressive looking, similar as the classic Nascar race cars from the 80s,” said the artist.