How Much To Adopt A One-Off Ferrari Land Speed Record Contender?
Published June 19, 2015
Okay, so it’s not completely Ferrari. And it’s not street legal. So who would want to buy it?
The answer is, anyone who loves speed. All-out, record-setting, panty-dropping, raw speed. There are few things as attractive as a capable car, and owning one that competed for the land speed record title is sure to draw a lot of the right attention.
The Ferrari-Lotec collaboration was designed by Luigi Colani, a German industrial engineer, in 1989 and was based on the ever-popular Ferrari. Its single purpose was to take the title of fastest car on land from the Mercedes Streamliner, who claimed that title in 1939. The German company Lotec assembled this masterpiece and did a fantastic job, especially for the era.
The Ferrari-Lotec has a flat-12 5-liter twin turbo engine producing a whopping 750 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 660 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm. That power was enough to produce two blistering runs at the title. in 1989, the team accomplished 211 mph, an impressive speed but not nearly enough to take the trophy. They suspected the tires were incapable of handling higher speeds and in 1992, a re-try netted 218 mph, still not enough to take the 268 mph title from Mercedes. It did, however, nab the title of fastest car equipped with a catalytic converter.
So what is the asking price of the sleek, one-of-a-kind Ferrari-Lotec? If you’re a serious Ferrari buyer, like you may be able to find out. I suspect us commoners won’t be able to get close enough to even kick the tires.