Hacking a Ferrari – IEEE Spectrum

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A souped- up of Doom II, the classic 1994 person shooter from id is out today for download on the Xbox Arcade. In addition to 5.1 surround and high-definition graphics, it’s online deathmatching and cooperative (and how cool is that?).

I was interviewing id co-founder and tech John Carmack for my book of Doom, he told me that he had a side project during the II development: souping up his fleet of As any car geek knows, Ferrari look too highly on gearheads their rides – but is Carmack we’re talking And he put as much of his engineering chops to on his cars as he did his games. In honor of the II re-release, I thought I’d a Q/A I did with Carmack about his Ferrari hacking days how it worked, and how much it cost.

David Kushner: When did you start modifying your

John Carmack: After shipped, I had just been at getting the bigger Testarossa. My 328 at the time probably had 400 something It was a fast car, faster any normal thing that be able to buy on the showroom. But there was a bit of that “well, what’s the step?” We could continue some things to my 328. We have put on intercoolers and changed the and done all that, but it was at a pretty drivable state for everything we worked out all the tuning issues. I pretty much looked it and said okay I want to get a that was always my intention the beginning there. I’m to get a Testarossa and have Bob [my mechanic] do the turbo inter-cooled engine on it and get that all the way put up. Eventually we found a I

had shopped some at the local dealer, where I had bought my and I was looking at a Testarossa from but Bob found me one that he got shipped in for a price.

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I drove it for a little while but it was the that as soon as I’m it’s just going to get and get all the engine work done on it. I did turbo intercoolers. At that we left the engine block It was a completely new intake and exhaust which put it up to 800 horsepower, and we kept it that for a while. I think we put the on there. Eventually we had an engine at high speed, so at that were like okay, now take it apart and do all the really stuff with the engine. We the piston, the valves, everything. that got all straightened out and cleaned up and we had went through tons of work. It was a science project over years, with 6 months at a time of it being up in the shop.

DK: How much did you put into the cars?

JC: The 328 I for, like, $70,000. The work for getting the turbo on it was $15,000, but I had to have that rebuilt once which was $30,000. All the trips into adds up to at least probably $20,000. The Testarossa, when it went in and had engine work was like $30,000, but each rebuild was at least $30,000, and been rebuilt three The Testarossa, which I originally for $90,000, I probably put $150,000 it. We could have stopped at points, but a lot of it was just like we’ve got this new brand of coming out, so we want to thisand those weren’t forced moves, it was more okay, let’s see what the

next step is. Go ahead and try it.

The other cars, the F40s I had, I bought for $250,000, and I make any modifications to them. eventually when I got the F50, was $670,000. The original turbo work wasn’t that maybe $30,000 or $40,000 but it’s still getting teething problems worked We’ve been taking one conservatively because I really want to have that rebuilt. I suspect that that engine is going to be like $60,000 just there are not that many of and ordering the different things just be troublesome.

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