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John Carmack's Testarossa up for sale!

Discussion in 'Boxers/TR/M' started by Commodus, Sep 18, 2004.

  1. Commodus

    Commodus Rookie

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    I haven't seen this posted, so I thought I'd bring it up for discussion as it's fairly interesting:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=2490204253&category=6212

    This is not exactly a Ferrari for timid drivers (not that most timid people would consider a Ferrari): 1000 HP through twin turbos, a conversion to EFI, etc. It's basically a new car underneath.

    For those who don't know who John Carmack is, he's the lead programmer (and one of the co-owners) of id Software. They're responsible for the Doom and Quake games. He's also the head of Armadillo Aerospace, one of the groups competing for the X-Prize. Basically, he's the penultimate nerd. If it's something he can make faster or a machine he thinks he can do better, he'll work on it. :)
     
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  3. F40

    F40 F1 Rookie

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    Uh... It was EFI to begin with.
     
  4. TopMonkey

    TopMonkey Karting

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    My dad worked with him for a while a few years ago, I always wanted to get to ride in that car, but alas, I never had the chance.
     
  5. Doody

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    this changed hands a couple years ago, didn't it?

    that interior looks well-used.

    i don't think it's worth the $60K starting bid - what do others thing a car this heavily modified that's been WELL used is worth?

    doody.
     
  6. TopMonkey

    TopMonkey Karting

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    Come to think of it, I think it was his F40 I was always begging to ride in, I'm almost positive he has (had) one.
     
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  8. Commodus

    Commodus Rookie

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    I do think that it changed hands; I think Dennis Fong ("Thresh" from firingsquad.com) won it in a competition.

    That said, this isn't exactly the "fell out of the back of a truck" sort of sale. Odds are it'll be just fine - if a heavily-modded Testarossa is what you want. They're primarily going on the legend of the car more than the 1000 HP figure.
     
  9. Korr

    Korr F1 World Champ
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    Fong won his 328.
     
  10. Chiaro_Slag

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    So, he is an ultimate nerd, but can't figure out that white font (like where his location is) won't show up on a web page? :)

    I like the irony of that!
     
  11. WJHMH

    WJHMH Two Time F1 World Champ
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  13. Bandit

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    Isn't that the one that was for sale in the last year or two that had one line in the description "zero compression on one cylinder"?
     
  14. GrigioGuy

    GrigioGuy Splenda Daddy
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    Yes, the TR had problems in the past. It's been repaired, and was at the Italian Car Festival this past weekend. I'm sure the current owner can give you details.

    The Carmack car that was given away in the Doom tourmanent was a 328. It's recently been returned to Norwoods for a freshening. It too is for sale.
     
  15. dmcgill

    dmcgill Formula 3

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    Hmm, i wonder how much time that TR spends in the shop.
     
  16. Zupra

    Zupra F1 Rookie

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    Hey! I know that guy! hes on my AIM buddy list he has a porsche boxster too.
     
  17. Zupra

    Zupra F1 Rookie

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    His name is Bill!
     
  18. 134282

    134282 Four Time F1 World Champ
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    LOL...! i'd love to assume that was done on purpose, just to be "cool"...
     
  19. henryk

    henryk Formula Junior

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    If I got this car for NOTHING.........but, had to keep it and drive it, I wouldn't want it.

    When will people learn that the TR is NOT designed for that kind of power????????? There have been several threads of someone breaking the transmission shaft, on a REGULAR TR, while racing it.

    This car will just fall apart with all that power!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  20. ndanger

    ndanger Rookie

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    It had an exhaust valve seat come loose. Really nothing to do with the turbos.
     
  21. amenasce

    amenasce Two Time F1 World Champ
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    700 hp and stock brakes ?
     
  22. ndanger

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    I am kinda nerdy, but surely not the ultimate... My son did the html and he didn't reset the font to black after the html we added. Thanks for pointing it out. He's got it fixed now.


     
  23. Chiaro_Slag

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    :)
     
  24. SefacHotRodder

    SefacHotRodder F1 World Champ

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    his F50 is for sale too. The turbos have been taken out and it is now back to stock condition
     
  25. jimpo1

    jimpo1 Two Time F1 World Champ
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    For the Carmack cars:

    The 328 that was won in a tournament is being serviced and is for sale.
    The Testarossa has been repaired and is for sale. This car is one of the best sounding Ferraris I've ever heard.
    The F50 is currently being returned to stock, and is for sale. As of Saturday, Sept 11, the engine was completely out of the car.

    All three cars are owned by different people. I've seen all 3 in person in the last 3 weeks and they're all amazing in their own ways.
     
  26. LAMAROSSA

    LAMAROSSA Karting

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    over $65,ooo in engine upgrades and the exhuast tips looks like ****.



    my 2 cents

    Lamarossa
     
  27. notoboy

    notoboy F1 Rookie

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    Although I don't think I'd ever do it to my TR, 700+ hp sounds pretty awesome in a TR.
     
  28. Cicero

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    jimpo you liked the sound of that TR? I thought is sounded real "splatty" for lack of a better word.
     

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