This widebody Ferrari 355 is a wicked SEMA build I didn't know I wanted.
This year's SEMA show was flooded with a bunch of aftermarket takes on the new A90 Toyota Supra. There were wild builds by The Stradman, TJ Hunt, DailyDrivenExotics, as well as a couple first party concepts by Toyota themselves. The media buzz surrounding those builds made it really easy to forget about the other amazing projects that were showcased as well.
I found out about this car while looking through the explore tab on Instagram. This rear-end of the car caught my eye but I was skeptical. These days Instagram is full of exotic renders of absurdly widebodied cars that no one ever ends up building. I dismissed the image for a second, but then thought better of it. I tapped the image and to my pleasant surprise found out that this stunning car is VERY real.
This Widebody Ferrari 355 was produced by Mitchell Button (Button_Built on Instagram) and was featured at the Toyo Tires Treadpass event at SEMA. This car wasn't just a car he bought to build for the show, this is one of Mitchell's personal vehicles that he drove regularly. He built this car solely for himself and you can tell in the craftmanship.
The overall look that Mitchell wanted to emulate was similar to the Ferrari F430 that raced in the Japanese Super GT series. This meant producing a custom widebody kit. He enlisted the help of John Lazorack III for the kit. The fenders were first sculpted out of clay over the course of about a week. They were then 3D scanned into CAD where they were finalized by Khyzyl Saleem.
The car's twin turbo setup is inspired by the Ferrari 280 GTO, the car that eventually led to the Ferrari F40. It was tuned by Eric Cheney and helps the 3.5L V8 put down 600 HP to the rear wheels.
Those rear wheels are a staggering 15 inches of Toyo Tire girth to help put down all that power while also giving the car an extremely aggressive stance. The car sits on an Accuair airlift system on gorgous Rotiform wheels.
This car has insane attention to detail.
My favorite thing about this car is how much thought went into every decision that was made with this car.
For example, the exhaust tips were 3D printed to match the honeycomb grille in the rear and it looks wicked.
These gloves were custom made, with Ferrari-font tags for Mitchell's brand. Who thinks of that?
The last is this wrap. Its base color is a classic, Azzuro la Plata, which was first painted on a Ferrari 275GTB Le Mans. It's then made to look distressed and cracked, much like how classic Le Mans cars would look at the end of the race. It's so unique and thoughtful and I absolutely love it.
Overall I 'm thrilled with this build. It's insane yet its well executed. I can't wait to see what Mitchell builds next.
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