The idea of ”automobile heresy” is kind of weird. On the one hand, people have every right to do whatever they want with their own project cars, but on the other hand, people often develop super strong feelings about certain brands or models, and they often freak out about what they do as perceive someone wrecking a car.
It all gets more intense when you decide to post your car build on YouTube, and that’s exactly what it is Mike Burroughs, founder of StanceWorkshas embarked on its latest and most ambitious project yet: a Honda-powered Ferrari 308. I can hear you already reaching for your torches and pitchforks, but calm down already.
I’ll wait until you stop yelling at your screen and banging on your keyboards in barely contained fury.
Mike’s plan is to build a 1,000 horsepower timeAttack car that not only sets course records, but looks stunning while doing it. His most controversial decision on this project was to dump (and by dump I mean sell for five figures) Ferrari’s old and underpowered transversely mounted V8. The decision to replace it with Honda’s well-known epic K24 inline four seems strange at first, but quickly makes sense when you look at the numbers.
Turbocharged K24 with 1,000 hp or more are now a known quantity. The formula for getting them to this level of performance and doing it reliably is well established. It all starts to add up when you add the cost and availability of parts and consumables, and the much greater availability of people who know how to work on these engines.
That next big criticism from the net is that Mike took an already pretty nice example of the 308 for his project, rather than a beat-up hull. This also makes sense. The rule when buying any project is always to buy the best you can afford because it makes everything else you do easier, simpler and cheaper. Also, it’s not like 308s are that rare or popular. He does not hack a 288 GTO or a daytona.
people The final major gripe – and this is unique to Mike’s situation because he chose to document his build – is that the build is taking too long. That’s stupid, and people say they’ve never attempted a project of this magnitude before.
If you can overcome these blocks, you should start following Mike’s build on the StanceWorks YouTube channel, because the build will not only keep you entertained, but you might learn something along the way.