Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Ferrari, ZACOE draws inspiration from Ferrari’s very own GT3 race car model 488 and“赤兔ChiTu”the legendary warhorse from Chinese classic Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
In collaboration with ZACOE Performance team we picked out one of our favorite models from the Ferrari lineup to reimagine the V8 engine’s soundtrack and luxurious sportiness in one performance package.
The inspiration behind ZACOE carbon fiber armour is drawn from pages of historical Romance of the Three Kingdoms novels. The story tells of a powerful and battle-tested steed “赤兔ChiTu” that forms an inseparable bond with its rider. The kit takes these characteristics and accentuates the sculpted Ferrari 488 GTB body lines.
The front lip is inspired by the weapon of Lu Bu and 488 GT3 EVO, the notch design on the front lips gives the 488 front fascia richer style and a strong sense of motorsport feeling. The vehicle can be more stable and precise while cornering or under high speeds.
According to ZACOE, the front lip is inspired by the 488 GT3 EVO and the weapon of Lu Bu, the famous rider of ChiTu, who’s considered as the greatest warrior of his time. The notch design on the front lips gives the 488 front fascia richer style and a strong sense of motorsport feeling The vehicle can be more stable and precise while cornering or under high speeds. When a vehicle is traveling at high speed the air around is compressed and stability is weakened , which lowers driver’s confidence about the control of the vehicle. The new upgrades brush these concerns aside. A set of front lips can guide the front air flow smoothly to avoid turbulent air and import air into the vehicle for better heat dissipation.
According to ZACOE, The rear side flaps are inspired by the domineering peacock feather of Lu Bu’s iconic “antenna” war headpiece.
(Image Source: Dynasty Warriors 9 by Koei Tecmo)
The side skirts are inspired by Lu Bu’s leg armor from Dynasty Warriors 9. The two-piece carbon fiber side skirt can avoid air getting into the bottom of the vehicle and dredge the turbulent air underneath the vehicle.
The side skirts are inspired by Lu Bu’s leg armor from Dynasty Warriors 9 by Koei Tecmo, two-piece carbon fiber side skirts can avoid air getting into the bottom of the vehicle and dredge the turbulent air underneath the vehicle. It stabilizes the 488 and allows the driver to experience a taste of what it must be like to drive a real GT3 race car.
“Wings draw people’s attention and are a major part of exterior modifications. That’s why we went back and forth on the design. And only stopped when we felt confident.”-ZACOE
To faithfully present the combat feeling of GT3 racing, ZACOE designed a swan-shaped carbon fiber rear wing similar to the original 488 GT3 EVO race car but with daily usability, less-aggressiveness, and an elegant touch. ZACOE said “Wings draw people’s attention and are a major part of exterior modifications. That’s why we went back and forth on the design. And only stopped when we felt confident”. The body kit design is also heavily influenced by the Three Kingdom story. If you are a fan of Dynasty Warriors, do the rear side flaps remind you something about Lu Bu? According to ZACOE, the rear side flaps are inspired by the domineering peacock feather of Lu Bu’s iconic “antenna” war headpiece. Feather on headwear is for identification of one’s ranking in ancient battlefields. Therefore, the diffuser side flaps not only stabilize the rear flow, but also rank ChiTu owners above other Prancing Horse owners.
If you are a fan of Dynasty Warriors, does the rear side flaps remind you something about Lu Bu?
Fi EXHAUST integrates valvetronic technology provides drivers a choice between street and race sound profiles on demand using a high-tech Fi Pro remote control or mobile App.
赤兔ChiTu is no regular steed. It’s a Warhorse! It’s been recorded to neigh louder than a lion. Therefore, it was a pleasure for our team to come on board this project to reimagine the sound with our unique V8 frequency. Our exhaust system completes this performance package with a thrilling soundtrack and awakens the powerful horse trapped inside. Additionally for this project we developed brand new carbon fiber tips. They use the same carbon fiber pattern as seen on Ferrari and match perfectly with ZACOE body kit. Ferrari drivers can now live out the myth of 赤兔ChiTu and take a throne of the king of the urban jungle. But not at all can be crowned. The ZACOE x Fi EXHAUST 赤兔ChiTu 488 Performance Package is limited to only 5 units.
The carbon fiber tips are specially developed for the ChiTu performance package. The pattern on the carbon fiber is the same used on Ferrari and perfectly matches with the ZACOE body kit.
“Man of Lu Bu, Horse of Chi Tu”— ZACOE is offering esteemed 488 drivers an extraordinary aerodynamic and aesthetic upgrade by infusing the mystery of alluring Chinese epic together with Italian elegance. An only 5 owners will have a rare chance to tame 赤兔ChiTu.
488 GTB 赤兔 ChiTu Performance Package:
Today we have a stock G82 M4 here, we’d like to show you how is the stock valved exhaust system functioning. Then, we will install Fi version of catback, the end section of exhaust where the valves are located. And we will show you the clip of this M4 installed with Fi catback with stock exhaust button and Fi catback with Fi PRO remote control system. The difference can easily be felt.
R A C E C A R should sound like a racecar no matter what, even you read it backwards. The new catless headers with our very own valvetronic performance catback will set both you and your GT3 to a world that haven’t been explored before.
When was the first time you got fascinated by JDM? Was it when reading about it in magazines like Option or Top Gear? Or perhaps catching a JDM bug when immersed in a game or comic universe like the manga racing series Initial D? Or does anyone still remember the classic "Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift"? Whatever your initial exposure to JDM, I believe everyone had a wonderful and exciting time.