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Why Did LIBERTY WALK Build The Ferrari ‘F40’ Based On The Mazda ‘AZ-1’?

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TEXT: 青木邦敏(AOKI Kunitoshi)  PHOTO: 青木邦敏(AOKI Kunitoshi)

The body kit costs 15,000 USD

They thought it would be easier at the start of production, but once they started the project, they struggled to find the right balance to make it look like an F40. Moreover, it was even more difficult because the look was expressed by Liberty Walk’s unique wide body.

The wide wings on the bonnet-integrated full cowl show that the front width has been widened by 50 mm on each side, while the rear blister wings have been widened by 70 mm on each side. In addition, the front and rear have been adjusted by 60 cm in length. Of course, the car would have been out of the light vehicle standard, but considering the balance, it was impossible to keep it within the light vehicle standard, so they gave up on the idea.

They also used real F40 parts for some of the parts, which were the taillights and headlights. This is another Liberty Walk specialty, and although we initially considered substitutes, we valued the “character” of the car and used the real thing to enhance the impression.

Last year’s Liberty Walk Ferrari F40 was an unrealistically expensive machine at 300 million yen and could not be bought, but this AZ-1-based Mini F40 is available in the form of a body kit. Its price is 2,226,000 yen (approx. 15,000 USD).

Although the construction is a mini, it is the confident work of Liberty Walk representative Kato, who pursued a super-serious, realistic look in its creation. The LB-WORKS LB40 AZ-1, with its playful spirit added with a joke-like idea, will become a car that will be etched in Japanese custom history.

translated by DeepL

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