What happens when enthusiasts who come up loving the Japanese aesthetic get supercars to play with? Funny you should ask—we were wondering the same and dug into our vault to find the most popular modified exotics we've ever featured. We didn't come up with a whole lot, and the diversity is somewhat limited, but what we did find was pure gold.
Our list of top 5 modified supercar stories is not surprisingly an all-Italian affair, just Ferrari and Lamborghini, but the models are split between modern classics and timeless dream cars of yesteryear. All of the owners have tuner backgrounds, and you'll notice a few of these machines are not overly customized, but then these things are already fast and look crazy as is. The challenge of modifying a supercar begins with asking how to improve on something already so good.
Having owned a highly modified SW20 MR2 at one time, Ryan Dandurand loves '90s cars and loves tweaking them but wasn't looking for an all-too-common 911 or BMW M when it came time to shop for something a little nicer. He did know he was into the Ferrari that Nicholas Cage's character stole in the move Gone in 60 Seconds, and that's where his affinity for the F355 began.
That affection has endured a lot, considering what it took to get his Ferrari to where it is today; Ryan has had to source hard-to-find Ferrari Challenge dampers to get the ride height correct and custom order S1Rs from Work in Japan because there were so few wheel options. Getting the body just perfect was a huge hurdle, too; over a year's time, Ryan's painter Dan from Screamin' Paintworks had the 355 disassembled, painted, and pieced back together with carbon fiber front and rear Ferrari Challenge bumpers, M-Tecnologia Japan carbon aero, and carbon canards from Rize Japan.
Both Huracan on this list have been given the Sheepey Race treatment but only Marc Tcham's embraces a motorsports theme, thanks largely to the Super Trofeo racing-grade body kit he picked up for his Lambo project. But he learned the kit may have been more curse than blessing, as it originally didn't align with the body of his car correctly, nor did it add any width to it.
To get everything fitting right, Sheepey had to cut into the new Lamborghini's subframe and partially swap in as much of the race car chassis as they could to make everything gel, as well as widen the kit by two inches. Which is to say nothing of the minor miracle Sheepey performed to fix the turbo kit another shop had botched. Marc's menacing machine now puts down a hypercar-appropriate 885hp at the wheels.
The oldest entry on our list comes from Belgium and belongs to Andy Neirinck, who some of you may know as half of the brother team that started Kean Suspensions. Like the Berlinetta in the number one spot above, this supercar is a dream find, Andy wanting the same Ferrari that Thomas Magnum helped make famous on the '80s TV crime drama Magnum P.I. We're pretty sure the private eye never would have thought to do this to his 308, though.
As one might reasonably expect from the founder of an air suspension company, the GTB has been put on bags and Andy had the fenders massaged so they could live in close-proximity harmony with the custom 18-inch AL13 mesh wheels. He also shaved off some parts from the exterior for a cleaner look and had the 308's color changed to Ferrari Rosso Corsa red (wait—is that redundant?)
Wound up in Alex "Sheepey" Soto's success story of his business, Sheepey Race, is the tale of this Huracan's build, which at the risk of sounding like too much of a pun is a bit of a wolf in sheep's clothing. Walking up to the normally 600hp-plus-ish supercar, you wouldn't be blamed for not noticing the 19-inch Signature Performance SV104 wheels in the wells, or the RSC carbon lip, but you might start to think something's up when you walk around to the back of the Lambo and see the custom center-exit exhaust and carbon shroud.
The real eye candy is under the hatch. A tucked-away set of Xona Rotor turbos pressurize a custom fabricated Sheepey Race forced induction setup that includes CSF air-to-water intercooler cores and heat exchangers, Turbosmart wastegates, Raceport blow-off valves, and Vibrant HD Vanjen clamps. Rocking ID1300 injectors and Syvecs plug-and-play standalone management, Alex's Huracan clears an incredible 1,000hp on race gas.
Terry Nguyen knows how rare it is to see modified Ferrari but admits to always having a vision in his head of a white F430 slammed on classic cross-spoke BBS LM wheels. Sadistic Iron Werks in California were instrumental in bringing Terry's supercar dreams to reality, building the custom air suspension system for his 430 so the chassis could float properly over those BBS. Sadistic also fabbed up the rear bumper center-exit exhaust, carbon-fiber door panels, titanium X-pipe, and engine bay heat shield.