Target: Supercar

Chris Doggett turned to forced induction to give his 360 Spider serious performance credentials.

February 26, 2015
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Pennsylvanian Chris Doggett claims that he had the idea to build a supercar back in 2013. Yes, you read that correctly: Build a supercar! Without a doubt, this is an ambitious task, especially when you take into consideration the attributes of a modern-day supercar. And if that doesn’t seem like enough of a stretch, then throw in the self-imposed constraint of doing it on a budget.

Sound crazy? Maybe. But Doggett had a plan. Over the years, he had developed a soft spot for anything wearing a Prancing Horse badge, so finding the right older Ferrari would be the crucial starting point. “I wanted a Ferrari that I could play with, and play with severely,” he explains.

Initially, Doggett’s plan was to purchase a reasonably priced F355 Spider in decent shape. After numerous failed attempts to find one that met his criteria, an unexpected good deal presented itself. “I was at an auction and spotted an ’05 360 Spider equipped with an F1 transmission,” he recalls. “Overall, it was in remarkably good condition, with just a shade over 30 grand on the odometer. The only fault was with the interior, which exhibited signs of wear.”

Needless to say, the 360 had found its new home. While the car wasn’t what Doggett had originally envisioned, the newer Ferrari was a better place to start. Introduced as a replacement for the F355 in 1999, the 360 represented a huge engineering and technological leap forward. The Modena’s all-aluminum spaceframe chassis offered a more than 40-percent increase in structural rigidity over the F355’s steel chassis yet weighed almost 30 percent less. The 360 Spider, which arrived in 2000, weighed 130 pounds more than the Modena, but since the platform had been designed with a convertible version in mind, the topless 360 boasted similar torsional rigidity.

Mechanically, the Spider was mostly identical to the Modena, which meant a stout 400-hp 3.6-liter V8, a 0-60 mph sprint of 4.6 seconds and a top speed above 180 mph. These were stellar figures at the time, and many enthusiasts considered the 360 to be the best sports car ever made. Some went as far as calling it a genuine supercar, but in the LaFerrari era that moniker no longer applied. The obvious question for Doggett was, what could you do to a 360 to bring it to the next level?

The answer, of course, was to add power. To get the project going, Doggett enlisted the services of Bill Moss, the owner of Bill Moss Auto Repair in Warminster, PA. Moss has long cared for the rest of Doggett’s collection, an eclectic mix of cars that have one thing in common: They are all supercharged or turbocharged. The 360 would therefore be the next candidate to receive some forced-induction magic.

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