I love this car. I’d done this one a while ago, but it needed re-doing
When Ferrari decided to create a new drop-top grand touring car, they revived the California moniker from fast convertibles of years past and introduced a Ferrari first: a retractable hardtop that allows for high-speed cruising, rain or shine. Another innovation for Ferrari is the engine, which debuts a direct-injection system that allows for higher compression, meaning more power and better fuel economy. It’s essentially the same V8 that’s found in the F430 coupe, but the California puts it up front, behind the axle for superior handling and packaging. The California is no slouch, because with 454 horsepower on tap it can hit 62 mph in less than four seconds. Enhancing the experience is the first example of Ferrari’s new dual-clutch 7-speed transaxle, which knocks out shifts in a matter of microseconds. It’s all designed for one purpose—to cross beautiful wide open spaces at a rapid clip, comfortable in a luxuriously hand-crafted interior sporting the finest leather, with a retractable roof to allow you to enjoy the sunshine and the throaty burble of the exhaust. Of course, since it’s still a Ferrari you can zip from apex to apex while exploring the 8,000 RPM rev limit, all the while knowing that the carbon ceramic brakes can haul the California down from speed in an instant
From far away, it may look like a relatively common Datsun 240Z (Nissan Fairlady Z in the Japanese home market; Datsun was a brand name used in North America), but the Z 432 variant is something truly special—a factory hotrod with a seriously potent motor, and whose rarity makes it one of the most desirable Z-cars ever. “432” stands for four valves per cylinder, three carburetors, and two camshafts—all features of the high-performance S20 motor yanked from the top-of-the-line Skyline GT-R. The S20 gives the Z 432 nearly fifty percent more power than the stock L20 engine, seriously increasing performance. Outside, there are a few subtle clues that this was an extremely rare version of a classic sportscar: red “432” badging on the flanks and hatch, unique mag-style wheels, and the signature vertically-stacked dual exhaust tips. Of course, all of the great features of the lesser Z-cars, like bold colors and the classic long-hood proportions, are still present. It’s the ultimate expression of the vision of Yutaka Katayama (better known as “Mr. K,” father of Nissan’s Z-car program) to produce a world-class sportscar—and with only 420 produced and sold exclusively in Japan, it is as valuable as it is rare.
So of course I’ve fooked it all up and customized it.
What?! A Dangeruss car and it’s not red, white or black!
The color inspired this one. I was playing around with creating Vray materials and I came up with this intense modern version of Mopar “SubLime”. Then I realized I had nothing to use it on. I’m not a huge fan of the slab-sided Challenger, but with a bit of some fender widening and some custom “Foose” wheels and paint, she’s not half-bad.