There is a saying in the automotive community that goes something along the lines of ‘respect all builds’ but this one is sure to ruffle some feathers. Mike Burroughs from StanceWorks Garage isn’t the first to do a weird engine conversion but that hasn’t stopped him from this: say hello to his K-swapped Ferrari 308.
If you don’t know, StanceWorks Garage which was founded in 2009 is one of the more revered names in the American aftermarket community. Creating well executed builds which often push the boundaries of what is considered conventional.
The K-swapped Ferrari 308 is no different and although it is yet to be complete, it has halved its cylinders, added a Garrett G35-900 and aims for 1000 hp (745 kW) with the help of a new Garrett G42-1200 in the future.
From the factory, the Ferrari F106 2.9-litre V8 which was used in the 308 GTBi made anything upwards of 151 kW depending on the spec and market.
The much newer four cylinder 2.4-litre K24 series engine that replaces the V8 here makes about the same amount of power and has a significant amount of aftermarket support and bolt-on modifications available which makes it ideal for a power-project like this.
The goal with the StanceWorks Ferrari is to create a time-attack challenger that can also be driven on the streets. Expectedly, hours of custom fabrication work have been required to ensure the new motor sits in the new shell correctly while a $12,860 Liberty Walk body kit has been installed to widen the yellow Ferrari. A telltale sign of the thick rubber yet to be installed which will transfer that JDM power onto the road.
To provide added ground effect and help with air diffusion, a custom carbon splitter and flat bottomed floor have also been thrown into the mix in the latest undertakings. This project has been underway for months now and it isn’t exactly near to completion but it should provide quite the statement piece once it is done.
A little bit closer to home and we have another Ferrari 308 being fettled, this time around the GTS Quattrovalvole undergoing a nut-and-bolt restoration by Italian specialist Carlo Viglietti. Instead of throwing a Japanese engine inside, the car will remain as original as the specifications list from when it was on the production line. If this article has repulsed your purist side you can follow more on the local project here.