MOTORING: The Next Level – QSR Ferrari
Featured in Freestyle Volume 02 2007. Story by Elias Velis. Photography by Phil Cooper.
With over 25 years of experience in the industry, Queen Street Smash Repairs has won a plethora of major car show trophies and graced countless covers of magazines – now including, of course, the best of them all: Freestyle.
The workshop’s signature House of Kolor candy apple hues are splashed across all manner of modified automobiles. Budget pocket rockets like the WRX and 200SX were among the first to fly the ‘Bar-B’ colours, before the workshop progressed to exotic Euros from the likes of Mercedes-Benz.
Of course, the Ibrahim brothers – Mohamed and Bakar - took that theme further when they unveiled the now-famous Queen Street Racing BMW M3: a legitimate 7-second vehicle powered by a twin-turbo quad-rotor encapsulated within a full-tube chassis and producing over 1400bhp.
The E36 coupe was an absolute sensation, breaking records and grabbing all manner of awards, including King of Auto Salon and a Summernats Top Ten spot, the latter a real achievement considering the ol’ school mentality of the Canberra event.
And just when you thought Queen Street Smash Repairs couldn’t possible blaze any new trails, just check out what they’ve done to a… Ferrari! We’re not talking about a Suzuki Swift GTi on 17s here - this is serious shit!
This masterpiece was created to turn the Aussie modified car scene on its head: “Yeah, definitely, I set trends”, said Mohamed, “This one is ‘bling’ style... my style!” It all came together for the 360 Modena F1 in just three weeks. The boys dipped its panels in custom concocted House of Kolor paint; Candy Apple Red mixed with Brandy Wine, to be precise. The cockpit, including a pair of Recaro bucket seats, was trimmed in red suede.
As awesome as the paint and patchwork is, it is perhaps the effort that has gone into the Ferrari’s 3.6-litre V8 that has you shaking your head in utter disbelief.
Take a peek through the rear glass cover and you’ll see an engine polished to an amazing lustre. And your eyes won’t be deceiving you if you happen to peep two GCG Turbochargers T76 huffers. The twin turbo set-up is reminiscent of the legendary Ferrari F40 and bulks up the 360’s already impressive 295kW.
And as if one Italian supercar wasn’t plenty, Mo has got another exoticar planned for the future: “Yep, it’s a Lamborghini.” Mama mia!
Owner. Mohamed Ibrahim
Vehicle. 2003 Ferrari 360 Modena F1
Engine. Aluminium, quad-cam, 40-valve, 3.6-litre V8 with Scuderia gearbox. Polished engine bay, lowered compression ratio, two GCG turbochargers T76 turbos and F1 exhaust
Body/Paint. Custom House of Kolor paint - Candy Apple Red mixed with Brandy Wine
Wheels. Da Vinci Blade (20x8-inch front and 22x8.5-inch rear) wheels with Pirelli Tyres
Interior. Red suede interior re-trim, Recaro bucket seats
Shout-outs. My brother Bakar, Fred, Mohamed, Anthony, Showtime Interiors, Motec Australian, Ozzy Tyres, House of Kolor, Meguiars, GCG Turbochargers, Matt from Mr Enforcer, Phil from Graphic skills, and my little Modena and Iysha.
To find out more about Mohamed’s Ferrari, visit www.queenstsmash.com.au
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