Unique land-speed record Ferrari is offered for sale by Italian dealer
A one-of-a-kind land-speed record Ferrari has come up for sale.
The 218-mph Ferrari Testa D’Oro Colani has been put up for sale by Italian car showroom Purosangue Maranello.
The unique prancing horse was created by Professor Luigi Colani in 1989 with a single aim: to go fast. Built upon what was originally a Testarossa, Colani engineered a completely new and much more aerodynamic body for the car which was designed to be as light as possible.
This car was originally designed for setting a land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats. It achieved this feat in 1991 with Mike Strasburg at the wheel it won its class at Bonneville and set a top speed record of 218mph- a then record for cars with catalytic converters.
Since it’s record run, there have been few details about the history of this car although judging from its pristine condition it doesn’t look like it has been used much, if at all.
To break the record, Colani engineered a completely new and much more aerodynamic body for the car which was designed to be as light as possible. He then contacted Lotec, an engine-focused sub-contractor to Ferrari, in order to create a brand new unique flat twelve engine, which included dual turbochargers, and 750 horsepower.
Unusual features on the car include a portrait of Frank Zappa on the steering wheel, the bizarre nature of the shell, and a commemorative panel on the interior that bears the signatures of everyone involved with the original project.
Alongside the Testa D’Oro for sale is the ‘Pinin’ concept car, which at the time of its build was billed as the only four-door Ferrari in existence. The Pinin has recently featured in both Ferrari museums, situated in Italy.