I actually by no means watched Miami Vice as a child (in all probability as a result of my dad and mom wouldn’t let me), however one factor I do know in regards to the hit 1980s TV present was its hero automotive—a white Ferrari Testarossa. Visions of the Testarossa would proceed to be fed into my mind at an early age, from taking part in the arcade sport OutRun to listening to my brother blasting Sir Combine-A-Lot’s Mack Daddy album, which contained successful track known as—you guessed it— “Testarossa.”
After all, I actually didn’t know the distinction between a V-12 and a four-cylinder again then, however suffice it to say Ferrari was already up excessive on a pedestal. I dreamt that at some point, after I made it on Robin Leach’s Existence of the Wealthy and Well-known, I’d purchase my very personal mid-engine Testarossa. Thirty years later, I’ve come to search out myself nowhere close to proudly owning something Italian outdoors of a bottle of purple wine; nonetheless, I do catch myself drooling over sure older Ferraris, particularly, tastefully modified ones corresponding to Kazuki Osashi’s 1989 Testarossa.
First encounter with Osashi and his Testarossa
It took me a minute to recollect, however I really met Osashi and found his Rosso Corsa Testarossa in particular person at Wekfest Japan 2017. After admiring his automotive in addition to a Ferrari 348 TS and Lotus Esprit on the present, I wrote an editorial explaining how the following massive craze within the scene can be restoring ’80s and ’90s exotics/supercars and infusing them with fashionable type, not within the type of swapping out their iconic engines, however throwing on cooler wheels, implementing OEM+ styling, and dialing-in a jaw-dropping stance. After all, 4 years after writing that editorial, it hasn’t caught on like wildfire as I’d imagined—choosing up an outdated ’Rari nonetheless doesn’t come low-cost. Regardless of the Testarossa being some of the mass produced sports activities automobiles from Ferrari’s Maranello manufacturing facility with round 10,000 items offered, it nonetheless holds a premium ranging between $90,000 and $200,000 (I might consider 10 different automobiles off the highest of my head that I’d slightly purchase with that form of cash, however I digress). Nonetheless, for Osashi, he was decided to be totally different, inventive, and to make his mark within the aftermarket neighborhood.
Younger suspension entrepreneur
After I first met Osashi, he was solely 22 years outdated and a contemporary graduate out of design college. Instantly I might inform he was a type of guys who was at all times considering in numerous and inventive methods. Over the following 4 years he began two suspension corporations. His first, Madlane.ltd, makes a speciality of constructing customized high-end air programs sometimes utilizing onerous line plumbing, whereas his second, Prazis Air Suspension, provides air parts in quite a lot of configurations. Osashi defined to me that the majority of his clientele are German and Italian automotive homeowners; in truth, he’s engaged on a Lamborghini Countach and Porsche 935 as we converse, so I’m positive you’ll be seeing these builds break the web quickly.
Why a Testarossa?
It’s an trustworthy query… Kazuki is 26 years outdated at this time, so why not go after a Ferrari extra consistent with his age bracket? One thing like, for instance, a F430 or 458, which might’ve been the present Ferrari fashions on the time he was getting his driver’s license. He laughingly reveals that at some point whereas messing round with an outdated poster of a Testarossa, he took out a pair of scissors and reduce it as much as drop the journey peak. That little experiment impressed him and a yr later he grew to become a proud Testarossa proprietor.
Inventory Ferrari engine, stance excellent, wheels horny
As talked about earlier, it isn’t advisable to mess with the DOHC flat-12 engine of a legendary unique just like the Testarossa. Whereas its 4.9-liter with 380 horsepower propels the Ferrari to 60 mph in 5 seconds or so, it’s not quick by any means at the moment. However Osashi didn’t purchase this automotive to win races. It’s a mode and standing assertion and modifying it to look unimaginable on the streets was the one goal.
Osashi used his experience to swap out the inventory suspension for his Prazis air struts managed by way of AccuAir’s e-Stage system. Ferrari aficionados will discover the up to date 512 TR rear bumper that’s been retrofitted. The fenders have additionally been barely pulled out to accommodate rebuilt 18×9-inch entrance, 19×11-rear Autostrada Modena wheels (made by Work Wheels again within the day) wrapped by stretched Pirelli P Zero Rosso rubber.
Shortest mod listing ever? Maybe, however is it the baddest Testarossa on the planet? You’re rattling proper. There’s no purpose for something like a lip package or over-fenders to remove from the Testarossa’s already lovely form and horny aspect strakes. Three a long time later these Ferraris stay as wonderful as they did after I was rising up, and because of Osashi, we will proceed to idolize the Testarossa—now with an aftermarket contact.
Photographer Mike Crawat on Kazuki Ohashi and his Testarossa: “I met Kazuki two years in the past on the Lake Wörthersee in Austria throughout XS Carnight 2018. After listening to the information that his automotive would fly over from Japan to Wroclaw in Poland for Raceism 2019, I simply needed to get in contact with him to plan a session in Poland together with his Testarossa. It was a Sunday and the tip of the Raceism occasion and we headed out to the drift observe one hour earlier than sundown. The Kyza, Kazuki, and a complete bunch of associates joined my shoot to only benefit from the second, having fun with the view of such a fantastic sight. The automotive seems to be so killer in actual life, much more than in images. The wheels, the fitment, the vibe you expertise throughout a shoot like this, it’s unreal! In particular person, Kazuki is a really relaxed and all the way down to earth man and one of many friendliest individuals I’ve met. All the time smiling, at all times in an excellent temper, gifting away his Matcha Equipment Kats. Haha!”
1989 Ferrari Testarossa Specs
- Engine: 4.9-liter DOHC V-12
- Drivetrain: 5-speed guide transmission
- Footwork & Chassis: Prazis Air Suspension Japan air struts; AccuAir e-Stage administration
- Wheels & Tires: 18×9-in entrance, 19×11-in rear rebuilt Autostrada Modena wheels; 215/35R18 entrance, 265/35R19 rear Pirelli P Zero Rosso tires
- Exterior: 512 TR rear bumper; fenders widened 20mm
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