A keen eye will no­tice that on one side the 20-inch For­giato wheels are black and the other a dark ann­odized blue

NZ Performance Car - - Tuning Japanese -

de­rived from GT race ma­chines, some­thing I ex­pe­ri­enced first­hand when I spent time with Kato at Okayama Su­per GT when he was sur­vey­ing many of the cars, hunt­ing for lit­tle styling cues with cam­era in hand. The kit it­self mod­i­fies al­most every panel of the body, adding a new front bumper, front wings, side skirts, rear fend­ers, and dis­tinc­tive duck­tail rear spoiler, with­out dis­tract­ing from the orig­i­nal lines that the car left Maranello with. The bolton fend­ers com­ple­ment the sleek, re­fined lines al­most per­fectly, while adding the un­mis­tak­able shock fac­tor that makes the Lib­erty Walk cars so well known around the globe.

That shock fac­tor the build car­ries is be­yond any­thing I have ever ex­pe­ri­enced in real life. The fact that it’s a Fer­rari is to­tally ir­rel­e­vant, as are the 20-inch For­giato Dieci-C wheels in an­odized blue — what makes this par­tic­u­lar cre­ation so in­cred­i­ble are all the de­tails in­fused into the body­work, mak­ing the front flow into the rear with the kind of seam­less pre­ci­sion that only a true mas­ter could pull off.

The front over-fend­ers have been styled to melt into the lines of the front arches while pulling the shoul­ders out for ad­di­tional width, and the front bumper has en­hanced lines with a larger cen­tral open­ing for the brake ducts. And, in true Kato style, the front lip hangs out like an un­der­bite, sus­pended by three ad­justers.

But the best seat in the house when view­ing this car is be­hind it. The rear fend­ers stretch the car’s hips, with ev­ery­thing curv­ing into the un­de­ni­ably Ja­panese-in­spired rear spoiler. With this 458, there was only ever one op­tion when it came to the fin­ish­ing touch, and that was a near-ver­ti­cal car­bon duck­tail spoiler. Now that, my friends, is how you make a state­ment.

The paint hue is an ice blue, which is hugely dif­fer­ent to the typ­i­cal red, black, and yel­low we are used to see­ing on a Fer­rari. Those 20-inch For­giato wheels were orig­i­nally ob­tained in black, but, to com­ple­ment the body colour, Kato-san had them coated in a dark an­odized blue to set the hue off per­fectly.

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