Is this Ferrari 308 the ultimate offroad supercar?
A rally-prepared Ferrari, built to go where most supercars fear. But can it rival the hordes of 911 rally restomods?
The Porsche 911 was a revolutionary car in its heyday, back in 1964. Its radical flat-six engine and rear-engined layout caught the eye of the public amongst the Ford Anglia's and Austin 1100's, and kept the then futuristic underbody in production for almost 60 years now. And yet also made it perfect for almost all kinds of racing. They've run them over the years at Le Mans, lower class can-am racing, GT1 racing, club sport, GT3 and GT2 - to name a few.
But most importantly, and most interestingly, they also ran a few in rallying.
And that has since inspired many people and companies to produce their own takes on the classic 911 offroad formula - most notably Singer, with their 911 and their 911 ACS. But what if you're like me, and you don't want to do things the obvious way? Well, American specialists DriverSource Fine Motorcars of Texas have the answer for you.
The base for their project was a 1975 Ferrari 308 Dino GT4, finished in Rosso Chiaro red. Back in it's day, the Dino was designed and produced as a mid-engine 2+2 grand tourer to rival the Lamborghini Urraco, with a 3.0L quad-cam V8, which pumped out around 250 bhp back in the day. It could reach 60mph in 6.4 seconds, and reach a top speed of 155mph. Which isn't that bad, even nearly 50 years on.
Now believe it or not, a Ferrari doesn't naturally lend itself to rallying projects.
After being inspired by the Lancia Stratos, the team at DriverSource decided to modify this 1975 Ferrari 308 GT4 Dino into the ultimate offroad supercar. DriverSource Fine Motorcars were already specialists in Ferraris and exotic cars, and on their website they manage and sell a huge number of expensive and exotic cars.
To create the ultimate off-road racer, they first had to completely remove all the suspension components, and fit a height-adjustable coilover setup, and upgraded the steering rack to allow for such drastic changes. The engine was kept the same - probably after a damn good service after so much time, as can be seen by the incredibly cleanliness in the picture below; and completing the offroader aesthetic for this unusual project are 15-inch Corsa wheels, paired with gravel rally tyres.
Externally, the car was fitted with strengthened fibreglass mudguards, a custom front bumper to accommodate a tow hook, Hella rally spotlights to make it at least x1000 cooler, and a whip aerial connected to an aftermarket radio... because they can. Inside, they fitted the car with reupholstered seats in black leather, retro-inspired metal dash inserts, four-point racing harnesses, a fire extinguisher, and a roll cage of sorts to replace the rear seats.
The team at DriverSource really did take the time to make this a proper racecar. And the money, because all-in-all this car cost them around $26,000 (roughly £20,000) just in modifications. The car was put up for auction around April of 2020, and I cannot seem to track down what happened to it post-auction or how much it sold for.
In conclusion, I'd say that this Ferrari is far more special than any Porsche 911 restomod, as its... unique. This idea of an Italian exotic being modified and tweaked into a rugged yet gorgeous offroading machine is a concept that's never been attempted before, and I daresay it works rather well for such a stupid scheme.
I do wish the new owner, whoever they are, good luck preserving this stunning piece of automotive engineering for the future, and I'm glad to have brought this car's story onto DriveTribe which I haven't personally seen anyone do before. Thank you all for reading!