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A completed Ferrari engine restoration and upgrade by Moto Technique to give an output of 400bhp

A completed Ferrari engine restoration and upgrade by Moto Technique to give an output of 400bhp


If the bodywork of a car defines its character and identity,
then the engine is it’s beating heart and soul
— Kevin O'Rourke

Within the engineering department of Moto Technique, the engine workshop is where a lot of the magic goes on.

Rebuilding, servicing and upgrading classic and modern engines, using traditional and modern methods to the highest standards possible is the goal of the Moto Technique engineers.

The attention to detail of restoring a 4, 6, 8 or 12 cylinder engine to absolute period correct specification and aesthetics is something Moto Technique have been specialising in since 1980.

A Dino 2.4 litre V6 rebuilt to absolute period correct look and performance.

A Dino 2.4 litre V6 rebuilt to absolute period correct look and performance.

With continuing advances in engine technologies and management systems, it is now possible to not only restore the engine of a classic car, but also update it with modern components such as fuel injection throttle-bodies, turbo chargers and programable ECU’s to give it the ultimate upgrade for power, torque, drivability and reliability.

Turbo chargers being unpacked and inspected prior to fitting onto an upgrade project.

Turbo chargers being unpacked and inspected prior to fitting onto an upgrade project.

Garrett Turbo Chargers

Garrett Turbo Chargers

For example, an original Dino 246 GT 2.4 litre V6 engine with a claimed power output of 190bhp in standard specification (although in reality they were closer to 160 - 170 bhp) can be upgraded to give a true output of 227bhp just by upgrading to throttle-bodies with ECU mapping.

The result will be an original looking Dino engine, with a few minor changes that most people wouldn’t notice, an engine that will have total reliability in all circumstances, whether it is hot or cold, up at altitude or down at sea level, but above all it will have a smooth and powerful drivability, that only enhances the driving pleasure of this iconic Italian classic.

Dino 246 Original 2.4 litre V6 engine upgraded with fuel injection to give 227bhp

Dino 246 Original 2.4 litre V6 engine upgraded with fuel injection to give 227bhp

ENGINE RESTORATIONS

Completely original cars that arrive at Moto Technique for full restorations are sometimes 30, 40 and 50+ years old and so the condition of the engines on first inspection can be pretty frightening!!

Below are some before and after photos of engines that have been either restored to original specification or upgraded to modern standards of performance and reliability.

1955 Mercedes 3 Litre Straight Six

A Mercedes 300SL Gullwing 3.0 litre straight six engine being careful dismantled for the first time in over 50 years and awaiting the specialist restoration and rebuild skills of the Moto Technique engineering department.

A Mercedes 300SL Gullwing 3.0 litre straight six engine being careful dismantled for the first time in over 50 years and awaiting the specialist restoration and rebuild skills of the Moto Technique engineering department.

1955 Mercedes 3 litre straight six, restored back to its full former glory and total period correct specification.

1955 Mercedes 3 litre straight six, restored back to its full former glory and total period correct specification.

1972 Iso Grifo MK2 5.3 Litre V8

American 5.3 litre V8 engine removed from “Barn find” Iso Grifo Mk2.

American 5.3 litre V8 engine removed from “Barn find” Iso Grifo Mk2.

Repaired, restored and upgraded to 6.3 litres and 400bhp. More power, more torque, more refinement and a nice piece of “Eye candy’ to say the least.

Repaired, restored and upgraded to 6.3 litres and 400bhp. More power, more torque, more refinement and a nice piece of “Eye candy’ to say the least.

BMW 298cc Single Cylinder (13hp)

It doesn’t all need to be big and powerful. This BMW Isetta 300 has had it’s Single cylinder 298cc 13hp engine re-built to original specification by Moto Technique.

It doesn’t all need to be big and powerful. This BMW Isetta 300 has had it’s Single cylinder 298cc 13hp engine re-built to original specification by Moto Technique.

ENGINE UPGRADES

Below are a selection of engines that have all been upgraded in-house by the Moto Technique Engineering Department. All are bespoke designs that have been built to customer requirements following close consultation with the Moto Technique design engineers.

Ferrari 3.6 Litre V8 Upgrade with 400bhp

A very bespoke project, where a Ferrari 2.9 litre V8 engine was taken and was stoked and bored to 3.6 litre along with a cylinder head modifications to bring it up to Ferrari F40 specification. The result is a naturally aspirated engine with custom mapped MoTec ECU’s and producing 400bhp.

A very bespoke project, where a Ferrari 2.9 litre V8 engine was taken and was stoked and bored to 3.6 litre along with a cylinder head modifications to bring it up to Ferrari F40 specification. The result is a naturally aspirated engine with custom mapped MoTec ECU’s and producing 400bhp.

Visually spectacular, this completed Ferrari 3.6 Litre V8 engine producing 400bhp was designed and built by Moto Technique Engineering. The photo shows it mounted in the back of a Dino 246 “Outlaw”

Visually spectacular, this completed Ferrari 3.6 Litre V8 engine producing 400bhp was designed and built by Moto Technique Engineering. The photo shows it mounted in the back of a Dino 246 “Outlaw”

Ferrari 2.9 Litre Twin Turbo V8 Upgrade with 720 bhp

A Ferrari 2.9 litre V8 engine with twin turbo’s after being removed from a Ferrari F40LM GTE which raced in the BPR Global GT series in the mid 1990’s.

A Ferrari 2.9 litre V8 engine with twin turbo’s after being removed from a Ferrari F40LM GTE which raced in the BPR Global GT series in the mid 1990’s.

This Ferrari F40LM GTE raced in the BPR Global Series during the 1990’s when the cars were being continually modified and upgraded on a race to race bassis.

Read all the details in our completed projects section. F40LM / GTE Completed Projects

Ferrari F40LM GTE on a shake down and handling set up by Moto Technique Engineering at Angelsey Race Circuit after a complete ground up restoration with an engine rebuild and upgrade

Ferrari F40LM GTE on a shake down and handling set up by Moto Technique Engineering at Angelsey Race Circuit after a complete ground up restoration with an engine rebuild and upgrade

When the current owner took on the challenge of restoring this car, he wanted to honour the spirit of the race teams who were always modifying and upgrading these race cars with the most up to date technology of the day.

Fire breathing exhausts of the 720bhp Ferrari Twin Turbo Engine.

Fire breathing exhausts of the 720bhp Ferrari Twin Turbo Engine.

Therefore he wanted to upgrade the engine to its full potential using the most advanced technology available at the time of the rebuild and restoration.

The result is a state of the art, twin turbo charged engine which has undergone a blueprinted rebuild with many modern intervals and and custom made parts. The latest ECU engine management systems from MoTec allow for 4 bespoke program setting, which range from a “Mild” 400bhp right up to a full blown racing spec of 720bhp.

Custom made high performance manifold.

Custom made high performance manifold.

It was possible to take power up to 1000bhp and beyond, but consulting closely with Michelotto (The original race car manufacture on behalf of Ferrari) It would have meant re-building the engine every 1000 miles.

F40LM GTE in the final stages of mapping and custom programming of the MoTec ECU’s.

F40LM GTE in the final stages of mapping and custom programming of the MoTec ECU’s.

The result is a perfectly smooth and drivable car, which you could drive down to the shops or carefully in the rain in the lowest setting or right up to the full blown 720bhp racing mode, which in the right hands would probably be breaking lap records on every race circuit for this category.

A Work of Art.

A Work of Art.