limousine-world record set by a stretch Ferrari
7]MANCHESTER ,UK--The world's fastest limousine is now available
to rent - a stretch Ferrari with a top speed of nearly 170mph. The
400bhp beast is made from a Ferrari 360 Modena which was chopped
in half and stretched by 9.5ft with a section of hand-built carbon
It is now 20ft long and seats eight people -
but has lost little of its performance because it weighs just 160kg
more than the original 1390kg car.
It was created by limo boss Dan Cawley and
former McLaren carbon fibre expert Chris Wright - who will now rent
it out for £700 an hour.
Dan, 37, who runs Style Limousines in Cheadle,
Manchester, said his creation was a "supercar for the masses". He
said: "Everyone always dreams about riding in a real Ferrari but
very few people ever get the chance - but now they can, and bring
friends along too.
Dan already owns Europe's longest stretch Hummer
- the ten wheeled 'Terminator' - and a stretched Range Rover Sport
and Porsche Cayenne after seven years in the trade. He plans to
run the Ferrari for a year as a show car before selling it to the
proposed Ferrari museum in Dubai.
The 3.6 litre V8 engine launches the car from
0 to 60mph in less than six seconds and has a top speed of around
166mph - just 17mph less than the standard 183mph car. Passengers
climb in through hydraulically powered 9ft long gull-wing doors
and sit in carbon fibre racing seats equipped with full five-point
The car is set to claim two World Records as the fastest
limousine and the longest Ferrari.
Like the original car, the V8 engine is
still visible through the rear glass window. Extra crash protection
bars and carbon roll over hoops have been installed for safety.
The brakes and gear box are all standard but the suspension
has been uprated to cope with the added weight and to automatically
raise the body while tackling speed bumps.
Between each pair of seats is a 10-inch flat screen
monitor which relays images from cameras mounted on the outside
of the vehicle.
A six speaker surround sound system and slimline DVD
have also been built in. Surprisingly, the car returns an average
of 15mpg on the motorway and costs only £1,800 a year to comprehensively
insure for passenger carrying duties.
total cost of the project is thought to be around £200,000.
It will make its debut at the Limousine & Chauffeur
Show 2007 at the Birmingham NEC from the 16th to 18th of September.