What Is the Story Behind the Ferrari and Norwood?
The Man, The Fable, The Legend, Bob Norwood, has been constructing, racing, restoring and servicing classic/race Ferraris and different autos for over fifty years. He is identified for incorporating progressive developments into high-performance automotive design.His ardour for cars began at a younger age. At 13, he drove a 1946 Ford Coupe in his first aggressive drag race. He continued drag racing whereas in highschool, driving a six cylinder GMC G-Fuel Coupe and later an A-Sports activities Corvette. In 1971, he raced a Superstock Hemi-Cuda and made it quantity two on this planet A/FC level standings.Norwood received into Cam AM racing in 1982 with the acquisition of the 1979 Citi-Corp Championship automotive from Carl Hass. He ran SCCA A-Sports activities with driver Phil Compton and continued on in 1983 with the addition of a second Lola 333 pushed by Mike Rowe. The Norwood workforce partnered with Don Walker in late 1983, purchased Group VDS and gained Cam AM in 1984. At one level he was the proud proprietor of 137 listings within the Guinness Ebook of Automotive World Data.
Within the mid ’80s, Bob’s modified Ferrari 308 QV, the primary with programmable gasoline injection, set two class velocity information on the Bonneville Salt Flats and considered one of them stood for 26 years.His Ferrari 288 GTO rebody nonetheless holds the document because the quickest Ferrari on this planet and his intercooled twin turbo Ferrari Testarossa gained a Street & Monitor Journal Shootout.Within the late ’80s, Norwood outfitted a Ferrari 12-cylinder Boxer engine with a locomotive sourced supercharger. It featured a lightened flywheel and knife-edged crank and will rev from the engine’s 1200 RPM idle to the 9,000 RPM redline in simply over a tenth of a second. It was licensed on a Superflow 901 engine dyno to make 1,400 horsepower on 120-octane gasoline at 60 psi increase.The short-stroke three.2-inch bore engine was upgraded with a billet Crower crankshaft, extra-long Crower rods and customized solid pistons. It was managed by a Haltech F3 EFI controller and a Firepower Direct-Fireplace 12 coil ignition system. Quick ahead to at the moment and he’s making (together with the engine block and heads) customized 5.zero liter four cylinder engines from scratch that produce three,000+ horsepower!
Drawing on his racing background and keenness for Ferraris, Norwood’s first Ferrari restoration initiatives have been a 330 2+2 highway automotive and a Boano membership racer. He then constructed his first Ferrari duplicate, a 59/TR (Testarossa), and went on to construct 4 extra. He has since constructed quite a few Ferrari replicas, together with the 330/P4. After years of constructing P4 replicas, GTO rebodies, and 250 Testrossa 59s, he determined to construct rebodied Ferrari 250 GT SWB Spyders (scroll all the way down to study extra about these and his 330 P/4s).Along with his personal initiatives, he builds race and road motors for a number of racing groups and is without doubt one of the main service and restoration suppliers for Ferrari homeowners/collectors world wide.