The Man, The Myth, The Legend, Bob Norwood, has been building, racing, restoring and servicing vintage/race Ferraris and also other cars for over fifty years. He’s understood for integrating ingenious growths into high-performance auto style.
His enthusiasm for automobiles started at a young age. At 13, he drove a 1946 Ford Sports car in his very first competitive drag race. He proceeded drag racing while in secondary school, owning a six cyndrical tube GMC G-Gas Sports car as well as later on an A-Sports Corvette. In 1971, he raced a Superstock Hemi-Cuda as well as made it second on the planet A/FC point standings.
Norwood got involved in Web cam AM auto racing in 1982 with the purchase of the 1979 Citi-Corp Championship vehicle from Carl Hass. He ran SCCA A-Sports with vehicle driver Phil Compton and also advanced in 1983 with the enhancement of a second Lola 333 driven by Mike Rowe. The Norwood group partnered with Don Pedestrian in late 1983, purchased Team VDS and also won Webcam AM in 1984. At one factor he was the happy proprietor of 137 listings in the Guinness Publication of Automotive World Records.
In the mid ’80s, Bob’s changed Ferrari 308 QV, the first with programmable gas injection, established 2 course speed documents on the Bonneville Salt Flats as well as one of them represented 26 years.
His Ferrari 288 GTO rebody still holds the record as the fastest Ferrari on the planet and also his intercooled double turbo Ferrari Testarossa won a Roadway & Track Magazine Shootout.
In the late ’80s, Norwood geared up a Ferrari 12-cylinder Boxer engine with a locomotive sourced supercharger. It featured a lightened flywheel and also knife-edged crank as well as can rev from the engine’s 1200 RPM idle to the 9,000 RPM redline in just over a tenth of a second. It was certified on a Superflow 901 engine dyno making 1,400 horsepower on 120-octane gasoline at 60 psi boost.
The short-stroke 3.2-inch bore engine was upgraded with a billet Crower crankshaft, extra-long Crower rods and custom forged pistons. It was handled by a Haltech F3 EFI controller and also a Firepower Direct-Fire 12 coil ignition system. Quick forward to today and also he is making (consisting of the engine block and also heads) custom-made 5.0 litre 4 cylinder engines from scratch that produce 3,000+ horsepower!
Drawing on his auto racing history and passion for Ferraris, Norwood’s initial Ferrari remediation projects were a 330 2 +2 roadway auto and a Boano club racer. He then built his very first Ferrari replica, a 59/TR (Testarossa), and took place to develop 4 more. He has actually given that constructed many Ferrari reproductions, consisting of the 330/P4. After years of building P4 replicas, GTO rebodies, and also 250 Testrossa 59s, he chose to develop rebodied Ferrari 250 GT SWB Spyders (scroll to learn more about these and also his 330 P/4s).
In addition to his very own projects, he develops race and also road electric motors for numerous racing teams and also is one of the leading solution and reconstruction suppliers for Ferrari owners/collectors all over the world.