It's a scrapyard scavenger's dream. Finding debris from a speedy luxury automobile was a stroke of luck for two Australian auto builders that they have decided to convert it into something unique, like a racecar along the lines of what Formula 1 drivers hit the track with.
According to AutoWeek, Zac Mihajlovic and Scotty Cox, who plan to build this one-of-a-kind car that will also be street legal, won't say where or how they got that engine, but the fact they have the heart of what will be their dream vehicle makes the process of creating the thing a lot easier.
It also helps that they're absolute pros at building cars. For years, Mihajlovic has been creating custom vehicles including a replica of the Batmobile that Micheal Keaton drove in the Tim Burton-directed 1989 Batman outing. Cox has long had a career as a creator of custom motorcycles, including that snazzy two-wheeler from the same Batman flick.
The car, currently nicknamed the Zacaria, is almost complete and the two plan on testing it before the year is out. Much of the basic bodywork has already been done and the engine, a V12 taken from a wrecked Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, has already been hoisted in place.
Once it's in the testing phase, the car will hopefully demonstrate what it's capable of. The 6.3-liter V12, that's supposed to generate 740 horsepower, has what it takes to be one of the fasted rebuilds around. Also being added to the Zacaria will be an Albins six-speed manual transmission operational either via conventional gearshift or paddles mounted on the steering wheel, depending on the buyer's preference.
Once the custom build is finished, they'll have a spanking sporty vehicle that can floor it on Aussie highways after hours and enable someone to drive grandma to church on Sunday morning. But don't expect Mihajlovic and Cox to be taking turns at the wheel from that point onward. What they want to do is sell it for a cool million and since they're the folks that built the thing, they'll create another revenue stream by contracting themselves out to maintain the vehicle for whoever buys it.