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Ferrari go, Lambo looks

2010-07-13 07:43

The Ferrari V8 remains amidships. But yes, those are Lamborghini Murcielago SuperVeloce lower front fascia air intakes you see.

If you are an Italian performance car fetishist with divided brand loyalties, there is an aftermarket product just for you.

Auto Veloce is a Nipponese tuning concern based in Moriyama.

The company deals in uniquely Oriental embellishments of exotic European performance cars.

Factor in the rather poor Japanese performance car styling heritage (Skyline, Supra, Mitsubishi 3000GT) and you can pretty much see how this is going to play out.

Auto Veloce’s latest offering is the F430 Super Veloce Racing.

Based on Ferrari’s outgoing F430 (incidentally, one of the prettiest performance cars of all time), it is a shameful copy and paste job featuring Italy's two most famous (competing) automotive brands.

The technicians and designers at Auto Veloce thought it would be a great idea to offer a fusion of Ferrari and Lamborghini design in a single package.

To this end the F430 gains a new front air intake, rocker panels and an elaborate aft wing. Canvas the design and you’ll notice these Auto Veloce styling trinkets are all add up to look very familiar Lamborghini’s hardcore Murcielago SuperVeloce - which is just plain wrong.

Plainly, it is a ridiculous state of affairs – agile Ferrari V8 power, dressed up to resemble Lamborghini’s fabled wedge-shaped supercars.

So, If you prefer your entry level Ferrari dynamics with an unsubtle Lamborghini styling presence you’ll absolutely love the F430 Super Veloce Racing. In principle though, it is very wrong - especially the bolt-on rear wing...

Ferrari and Lambo should never mix, now should they? Share your thoughts here...
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