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Sunday, August 18, 2019

This is Rossa, an almost forgotten Ferrari concept car

This is a concept car concept that was created to celebrate Pininfarina's 70th anniversary and also represents Testarossa which represents the Ferrari's iconic model designed by the same Italian famous auto design house, so it was named the Ferrari Pininfarina Rossa
Ferrari Pininfarina Rossa concept car made for celebrated Pininfarina's 70th anniversary in the 2000. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2N3p4Go)
In addition to paying homage to the past, and also giving sneak previews for the future, for example with the rounded taillights which in a few years later were applied on the Ferrari Enzo.

This inspiring concept car was designed by Ken Okuyama, a well-known automotive designer while he still worked for Pininfarina and the same figure behind the birth of Kode 57 and Kode 0, two unique cars which were first introduced in 2016 and 2018.
Ferrari Pininfarina Rossa concept car built by taking basis of the Ferrari 550 Maranello and designed by Ken Okuyama. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2N3p4Go)
As some of our readers have shown, there are some similarities between Kode 57 or k.o 57 and Rossa. The Kode 57 looks more like a futuristic version of the Rossa concept with a sharpened design and more aggressive appearance, thanks to more plump front fascia and a large rear diffuser.
Ferrari Pininfarina Rossa concept car still using the same engine of the 550 Maranello, ie a naturally aspirated V12 engine with capacity of 5.5-liter mated with six-speed manual transmission system. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2N3p4Go)
Back to the Pininfarina Rossa concept, which was made purely as a showcar. And this concept car was built by taking the basis of the Ferrari 550 Maranello. And still using the same engine, a naturally aspirated V12 engine with capacity of 5.5-liter and capable of spewing power up to 478 horsepower (362 kilowatts) at 7,000 rpm and peak torque of 419 pound-feet (568 Newton-meters) available from 5,000 rpm. 

All the power is then channeled to the rear wheels through the six-speed manual transmission system and controlled by a gated shifter which immediately reminds us of the Ferrari Testarossa.
Ferrari Pininfarina Rossa concept car capable of reaching a top speed of about 186 mph (300 kph). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2MinOQa)
Yes, with the same drivetrain as the 550 Maranello, the Rossa concept is almost as fast as the donor car, which is capable of reaching a top speed of about 186 mph (300 kph / 298 km), down by 13 mph (21 kph / 21 km). But unfortunately the prancing horse logoed auto manufacturer did not reveal details about the car acceleration performance from 0 to 62 mph (0-100 kph), but likely that this concept has a slower acceleration performance than 550 Maranello which takes around 4.4 seconds.
Ferrari Pininfarina Rossa concept car was first introduced to the public at the Paris Motor Show 2000. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2N3p4Go)
And this Rossa concept car was first introduced to the public at the Paris Motor Show 2000. Because Rossa is only a concept car and is not intended for mass production, and so the Kode57 spiritual successor cars is planned to be assembled in five examples, and the first model has been sold to the famous American boxer Floyd Mayweather at a pretty fantastic price of $ 2.5 million (Rp.33,087 billion).
Maybe if we now look at for a moment the Rossa, then maybe what comes to mind is the Monza SP2 speedster, a special car similar in philosophy with Pininfarina’s Rossa set to go into limited production. Where along with the Monza SP1, both are part of the new Icona Series, so you can rest assured there are going to be more prancing horses that’ll look back at the company’s illustrious past. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1 | SUPERCAR.NET]            
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

One of rarest cars of Sultan Brunei collection

In its history, Ferrari is one of the Italian premium car manufacturers known to be very fond of creating special products, which are found in the LaFerrari lineage. One of the most extreme cars ever produced by the prancing horse logoed manufacturer is the F50, which were also the last car to actually use a V12 engine taken from a Formula 1 race car as its power source.
One of Sultan Brunei's rarest collection cars, known as 1998 Ferrari F50 Bolide. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2OT34AV)
This Ferrari F50 was made in limited number, ie as many as 349 units, and was deliberately created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Ferrari in 1995. But among the F50 models there was also a custom-made model made for special customers dubbed as Ferrari F50 Bolide.

As we all knew, Ferrari clientele is full of celebrities, engineers, oligarchs, pop culture faces and, of course, the government officials with an impeccable reputation. One of the Ferrari's special customer is the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, is a well-known person not only for his beliefs but also for his impressive car collection. Unofficial sources say that the Sultan's collection consists of 2,500 different vehicles and other says more than 7,000 units. So the exact amount no one knows.
1998 Ferrari F50 Bolide seems clear that a completely different body shell was fitted to stock F50 internals. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TrGXjq)
Obviously, the Sultan of Brunei has a hobby to collecting scarce cars. Thus, it is not surprising that he is one of the oldest and most respected Ferrari clients. Some sources assure that he is the one for whom this unique F50 Bolide was created.

When Ferrari officials presented the limited-edition F50 models, company’s reps said that it is Formula 1 race car that can drive on public roads, with headlights that could lighten all the path and with specific amenities like CD player and windscreen wipers.
1998 Ferrari F50 Bolide had a rear-wheel-drive, thunderous twelve-cylinder engine and 6-speed mechanical gearbox. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2YJ76jR)
This expressive Ferrari model with Formula 1 bolides had just one similarity. Ferrari F50 chassis was made out of carbon fibre, and a twelve-cylinder engine had a few ingredients borrowed from Ferrari 641. That is the only way how you can link Ferrari F50 to Formula 1.

When Ferrari decided to stop the F50 model production in 1997 then a year after, the Ferrari F50 Bolide was born from the Maranello-based company. Next to nothing is known about the ultra-secretive Bolide project. However, based on the very few pictures that exist, it appears that the car was completely transformed. In fact, it seems clear that a completely different body shell was fitted to stock F50 internals.

Technically, it did not differ much from his predecessor and donor Ferrari F50. It still had a rear-wheel-drive, thunderous twelve-cylinder engine and 6-speed mechanical gearbox. The biggest changes were visible in the exterior and a little bit in the interior.
The biggest problem was that there is no clearly information from the prancing horse logoed manufacturer itself. Most claims are just speculations. But, looking at F50 Bolide appearance, you can firmly say that the Sultan of Brunei wanted to add his personal Ferrari collection cars with a figure would remind him to a F1 racing car. According to unofficial sources, the estimated cost of this project was around €2,000,000 in the time. 

This car also said became one of the most mysterious cars ever made. Due to nobody ever saw the car running on the highways, or even on displayed on automotive expo. Only several photos on the internet that shown the car was existed. Alas, we'll probably never know. Might be, it will be kept forever in the Sultan of Brunei's garage. Who knows? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | DYLER | COMPLEX]
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Monday, August 12, 2019

The only one Ferrari's superfast boat ever made

Ferrari, one of the Italian automotive companies was famous with the speed of its production cars. Turn out, the Maranello based company also ever made a superfast boat. The superfast boat later given a name Ferrari 'Arno XI' Hydroplane known the only one superfast (hydroplane) boat in history powered by Ferrari's engine and also managed to capture the world's attention in early of 1950s.
1953 Timossi-Ferrari Racing 'Arno XI' Hydroplane on action. (PIcture from: http://bit.ly/2TkDcw6)
It all began in 1951, when the initiator and also the first boat owner, Achille Castoldi told to his friends who are two Ferrari F1 racing car drivers, each named Alberto Ascari and Luigi Villoresi about his intention to make a Ferrari-engined superfast boat. These two famous racing drivers helped Castoldi to buy one Ferrari engine which will then be used specifically on Castoldi's upcoming superfast boat.

In the process, turn out Enzo Ferrari agreed to be directly involved in this project, overseeing every step in the making and testing of the engine. Even the Ferrari's Head of Engine Design in the time, Aurelio Lampredi and all of his engineering crews involved directly in the project.
1953 Ferrari Racing 'Arno XI' Hydroplane was using a similar engine mounted on the Ferrari Tipo 375 racing car. (PIcture from: http://bit.ly/2Z436tC)
And then the superfast boat started to build in 1952, and intentionally made to break the world's speed record. It is not surprising due to the Ferrari-made boat was using a similar engine mounted on the Ferrari Tipo 375 racing car.

Yes, this boat uses a Ferrari's 12 cylinders engine with 5.5 liter of capacity. The Ferrari engine initially produces 350 bhp of power. However, after several early tests and also races in early 1953 seems that its abilities can be further improved.
Left side view of 1953 Timossi-Ferrari Racing 'Arno XI' Hydroplane. (PIcture from: http://bit.ly/2MaasWb)
Although the boat was actually able to run more than 100 mph, Enzo Ferrari requested that the boat's engine be modified so that it could use methanol so the compression ratio could be higher.

Then he also added twin superchargers and a pair of four-choke typed large carburetors. As a result, the engine able to spew off more than 500 bhp of power. It is not surprising if the boat later has a historic gait in the speed record, all thanks to those Ferrari engine.

And in 1953, this single-seater superfast boat managed to set a new world's record for the 800 kilogram class at Lago d'Iseo, Italy with a speed of more than 149 mph. And those speed record has not been broke until now.
1953 Timossi-Ferrari Racing 'Arno XI' Hydroplane exhibited next to 1951 Ferrari Tipo 375 at Ferrari's Museum to show the Ferrari's dominance both on land and water. (PIcture from: http://bit.ly/2MauFeE)
And now the superfast boat is being prepared to commemorate its 70th anniversary, and its engine restoration work is being carried out at the center of technical facility of those prancing horse logoed company called the Ferrari Classiche. After being restored later in the early fall of this year, the boat will be scheduled to go on a world tour to show to the Ferrari fans all-over the world.
Milton Verret, an Austin businessman and known as the currently owner of 1953 Timossi-Ferrari Racing 'Arno XI' Hydroplane. (PIcture from: http://bit.ly/2MauFeE)
"We imagine ourselves as one of Ferrari's leading engineers, and can work on a number of similar components that are assembled and designed by Enzo Ferrari himself," said the currently boat owner, an Austin businessman named Milton Verret. 

"As a special and rare Ferrari collector, no one can beat a racing boat which used a Ferrari's engine prepared for F1 racing car. With the direct involvement of Enzo, you can have a functioning machine that is fought for by most car racing enthusiasts. That is its specialty," he added.
For information, since 2012, Arno XI Hydroplane has been borrowed from Verret for the benefit of two world-famous Ferrari museums in Italy to show the Ferrari's dominance both on land and water. In the museum, the Arno XI superfast boat exhibited next to the Ferrari Tipo 375 racing car that won the 1951 British GrandPrix in Silverstone, England... *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOBLOG]
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Friday, August 9, 2019

A gorgeous Italian job on American muscle car

The Chevrolet Corvette name has always been known as an American muscle car, with a body design that is no less muscular and has always been a dream car in the land of its birth.

It's just that, the charm of the Chevrolet Corvette's flagship V8 engine is apparently not enough to hook any consumers on the Blue Continent, due to the European-style cars is considered have more beautiful designs.
Chevrolet Corvette Rondine concept car by Pininfarina. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2YsrEN3)
Therefore, in 1963, the Chevrolet Corvette C2 had to undergo a makeover to be more pleasing to the eyes of European consumers.

As a result, Chevrolet collaborated with the famous Italian car designer house which used to design Ferrari and another premium cars, Pininfarina, and gave birth to the Pininfarina Chevrolet Corvette 'Rondine' (pronounced 'Ron-din-ay') coupe concept. And the car was unveiled at  the 1963 Paris Motor Show.
Unlike the original Corvette with a fibreglass body, the Rondine was made of steel. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2YsrEN3)
In the process practically unchanged chassis and frame, it still had a standard 5.4-litre V8 engine mounted in front that produced 360 horsepower and was paired with a four-speed manual transmission system.
Interior of Chevrolet Corvette Rondine. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2YsrEN3)
Unlike the original Corvette C2 which has a fiberglass body, while Pininfarina Rondine has a steel exterior, so that the weight increases, and the control changes completely. The front overhang is longer, and the Corvette's distinctive pop-up lights are gone, and the rear doesn't look anything like the original car, and is leaning like a Fiat 124.
Because the responses were quite diverse, Chevrolet was reluctant to continue Pininfarina Rondine to the production table and is now the only one ever made to reside in the Corvette museum. The one-off Rondine sold for $1.2m (before commission) at an auction event in 2008. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCE | DRIVE TRIBE | MOTORIOUS]
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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Ferrari's Special Project creating one-offs for its best, wealthiest customers (Part-2)

Continues the discussion of the previous section. As we all knew, Ferrari is often regarded as an exotic and rare car, but some people especially wealthiest customers want to have a unique Ferrari and one-of-a-kind in the world. And to satisfy their customer, the Italian prancing horse logoed premium car manufacturer decided to establish the Special Projects, a division of the company responsible for creating one-offs for its best, wealthiest customers..
Ferrari factory in Maranelo. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Z9wdYV)
It should be noted, not everyone can order a car through the Ferrari's Special Project division. Besides requiring a tons of money up to millions of dollars. Only the customers who are considered by Ferrari have a history directly related to their car products that can participate in these Special Project program. And the following are some of them in 2nd part:

7. Ferrari F12 TRS 
This one-off was inspired by the legendary 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa as requested by the owner and making its first major appearance at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed. 
Ferrari F12 TRS was inspired by the legendary 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2GEPmer)
Engine wise the performance figures stay the same as its hard topped counterpart. The same 6.3-litre V12 engine resides within, pushing out 730 bhp through the rear wheels, surrounded in 315 section tyres..

8. Ferrari SP FFX
Initially, people thought this car would be a production FF coupe. It is not surprising, the car built based on a standard Ferrari FF, with the most prominent revision being the adoption of a coupé rear end in place of the FF's shooting brake tail. 
Ferrari SP FFX made for a Japanese businessman Shin Okamoto, the car built based on a standard Ferrari FF and launched in 2014. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M9DbK1)
The design blends elements of several contemporary Ferraris and an F1-inspired red and white paint job. The car commisioned by Shin Okamoto, but it turned out to be a one-off. It lives somewhere in Japan, where it's been shown a handful of times.

9. Ferrari  SP America 
Ferrari SP America is a F12 Berlinetta-based one-off coupé completed in 2014. The car features thoroughly updated styling including a new front end with a new bonnet, wheel arches, front bumper and splitter, side skirts, wheels, bootlid spoiler, rear bumper, B-pillars and a new aggressive rear diffuser.
Ferrari SP America made for an American client Danny Wegman, the car built based on Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and launched in 2014. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M9DbK1)
Information about this car is scarce, but it's most likely an F12-based one-off owned by an American collector. Apparently it belongs to Danny Wegman, of Wegman's supermarket fame.

10. Ferrari SP 275 RW Competizione
The car was designed in collaboration with Pininfarina and comissioned by an American client Rick Workman. The car used a 770-hp V12 engine from the crazy F12tdf. 
Its design is inspired by the lovely 275 Berlinetta from the 1960s. It's painted yellow in tribute to the 275 GTB Competizione that won its class at Le Mans in 1965.

11. Ferrari 458 MM Speciale 
This lovely car is based on a 458 Speciale, and it was built for an unknown British collector. The design pays homage to the Ferrari 288 GTO and incorporates handcrafted aluminium and carbon fibre components. 
Ferrari 458 MM Speciale comissioned by an unknown British Customer, the car built to pay homage to Ferrari 288 GTO and launched in 2016. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M9DbK1)
Performance figures remain unknown but are rumoured to be the same as the normal Speciale.. Might be, it's one of the prettiest cars on this list.

12. Ferrari SP38 'Deborah'
After that there was also a Ferrari SP38 'Deborah' which was built based on the Ferrari 488 GTB that had been offered for sale with a price tag of up to €4 million, equivalent to Rp.63 billions at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este event in May 2018. 
This car lastly appeared at the 2019 Automobile International (FAI) Festival at the beginning of 2019..

13. Ferrari SP3 JC
The car presented in November 2018, the SP3JC is a one-off roadster based on the F12tdf chassis. It was designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre to pay homage to Ferrari roadsters of 1950s and 1960s. The body has been completely redesigned, and includes redrawn front and rear fascias, a new front bumper, a rear diffuser, transparent hood vents that show off the engine, roll hoops behind the seats, taillights and wheels from the Ferrari 812 Superfast and a blue, white and yellow paint job that pays homage to the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.
And 'JC' stands for John Collins, a Scottish collector and founder of Talacrest, a classic Ferrari dealer located in the U.K. He commissioned these one-off in mid 2014 and it took 3.5 years to complete. Ferrari said the design process alone took 2 of those years.

14. Ferrari P80/C
The car built based on the 488 GT3 race car, that pays tribute to Ferrari's sports prototypes of the 1960s and specially created for @mr_tk and could be delivered by Blackbird Concessionaries in Hong Kong.
Ferrari P80/C is a pure track car with peak performance being a major factor and for sure, it is absolutely stunning, Just look at it! It's perfect.. (Return to part one.) *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTORWARD | ROAD AND TRACK | DRIVE TRIBE | COACHBUILD.COM]
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Friday, July 26, 2019

The Zun, a rarest, newest special bespoke of Pagani Zonda

The supercar that we will discuss is one of the latest cars produced by the Italian famous automotive manufacturer, Pagani Automobili and is given a quite unique name: Pagani Zonda Zun.
Rendering images of Pagani Zonda Zun (front view). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2XWUF3q)
This Pagani's rendering images are the only images available from this supercar and it's believed that the supercar has not been sent, because there are no real photos available. Even so, from these rendering images shows that the Zun will be one of the craziest Zonda ever.
Rendering images of Pagani Zonda Zun (interior view). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2XWUF3q)
From the rendering images, we can see the supercar is painted in purple color, which at first glance is very similar to the Pagani Zonda 760LH owned by Lewis Hamilton.
Rendering images of Pagani Zonda Zun (left side view). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2XWUF3q)
However, we suspect that the Pagani Zonda Zun will feature an uprated 7.3 litre, naturally aspirated, AMG V12 engine and if this is indeed the case, then we can expect the Pagani Zonda Zun to deliver around 790 hp (590 kW) of power and 850 Nm (627 lb-ft) of torque.
Rendering images of Pagani Zonda Zun (top view). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2XWUF3q)
At the front, there is a custom hood with carbon fiber air extractors and a carbon fiber accent in the shape of an arrowhead, and there is also a canard and splitter made of the same materials.
Rendering images of Pagani Zonda Zun (rear-left side view). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2XWUF3q)
Turning to the side, we will see carbon air intakes coming out from the top of the rear fender and roof scoop like those on the Cinque Roadster. It connected to the carbon fiber fins attached to the rear wing that look slightly larger than the other Zonda in the 760 model series and even including small secondary wings painted in purple color. 

And we're sorry, the video below was not about the Zun, instead the Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta has been launched prior in 2018.
As is known, Pagani Automobili no longer produces the Zonda models. But instead, it creates a special version based on the existing car. It remains to be seen what is the basis of this special Zonda, but certainly this car becomes one-of-a-kind and rare version of Zonda. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | TOPGEAR | ENZARI | CARSCOOPS]
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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Ferrari's Special Project creating one-offs for its best, wealthiest customers (Part-1)

Ferrari is often regarded as an exotic and rare car, but some people want to have a unique Ferrari and one-of-a-kind in the world. Initially Ferrari did not provide the body but only the chassis and engine. For the design and the body work submitted to another renowned coachbuilder such as Pininfarina, Bertone, Touring, Ghia, Boano etc. But this practice was finally stopped because it was inefficient and now, Ferrari only chose Pininfarina as its official partner.
Ferrari factory in Maranelo. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Y2NbMg)
And in early 2006, when an American famous car collector Jim Glickenhaus approached Pininfarina to design his Ferrari Enzo as a tribute to the Ferrari 330 P4 racing car. Finally, Pininfarina and Glickenhaus managed to build Ferarri P4/5 and the car result got the thumbs up from the Ferrari boss at the time, Luca di Montezemolo..
Ferrari "Special Project 1" was the first Ferrari Special Project model which designed by an Italian design house Fioravanti for a Japanese businessman Juichiro Hiramatsu. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2OhIeL3)
Inspired by those car above and to satisfy their customer as well, the Italian prancing horse logoed premium car manufacturer decided to establish the Special Projects, a division of the company responsible for creating one-offs for its best, wealthiest customers..

It should be noted, not everyone can order a car through the Ferrari's Special Project division. Besides requiring a tons of money up to millions of dollars. Only the customers who are considered by Ferrari have a history directly related to their car products that can participate in these Special Project program.
Ferrari's Special Project creating one-offs for its best, wealthiest customers. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M9DbK1)
And it is not clear how many car models have been made by the Ferrari's Special Project division to this day. And the following are some of them:

1. Ferrari SP1
The Ferrari's Special Project division was launched its first model called Ferrari SP1 in 2008 and the car designed by an Italian design house Fioravanti for a Japanese businessman named Juichiro Hiramatsu.
Ferrari SP1 was built based on Ferrari F430, there's nothing changed on its powertrain, just aesthetics.

2. Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta
The second model was Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta, was an open-topped car based on the 599 GTB Fiorano with styling from Pininfarina. It used lots of carbon to keep the weight down.
Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta launched in 2009, built based on the 599 GTB Fiorano F1 and is given the coachbuild treatment by Pininfarina. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M9DbK1)
The car was launched in 2009 and made for one of Ferrari's special client in States named Edward Walson, son of John Walson, the inventor of cable TV. It's said the car was inspired by a Luigi Chinetti-owned 330 LM used in an obscure Fellini film in 1968.

3. Ferrari 612 GTS Pavesi
There's not a ton of information on this car out there, but it seems to be a 612 Scaglietti with removable roof panels and lots of carbon fiber.
The engine produces +20 hp of power and +12 Nm of torque if compared to the standard 612 (550 hp and 600 Nm). As far as we know, Pavesi is the name of an Italian go-kart company, hinting at the car's possible owner.

4. Ferrari  Superamerica 45
This open-topped 599 was commissioned by American Peter Kalikow to celebrate 45 years since he bought his first Ferrari. Kind of strange anniversary, but a good excuse for a custom car.
Ferrari Superamerica 45 made for New York collector and Ferrari enthusiast Peter Kalikow to celebrate 45 years since he first became a Ferrari client and launched in 2011. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M9DbK1)
The design is bespoke, featuring a carbon-fibre rotating hard-top which incorporates a rear screen. The boot is entirely new to house the roof when open, and is now in carbon-fibre with a design optimised to reduce drag and increase rear downforce.

5. Ferrari SP12 EC 
Perhaps it is the most famous car to come from Ferrari Special Projects. It ordered by the world's famous musician Eric Clapton, built based on 458 Italia and introduced in 2012.
FerrariSP12 EC  made for the world's famous musician Eric Clapton in celebration of his legendary career and his long tenure as a Ferrari owner and launched in 2012. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M9DbK1)
Just for info, Eric Clapton had to pay nearly £3 million or around Rp.55 billion for his SP12 EC.

6. Ferrari SP30 Arya
Ferrari SP30 Arya built based on 599 GTB. Initially SP30 was ordered by a wealthy Indian born Dubai businessman named Cheerag Arya, and the car was completed in 2012.
On February 6, 2019, Ferrari SP30 was offered at the RM Sotheby’s auction in Paris. This car is a milestone as the first Special Project car sold through an auction event, unfortunately RM Sotheby’s did not release the estimated price of this car. (Continues to part two.) *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTORWARD | ROAD AND TRACK | DRIVE TRIBE | COACHBUILD.COM]
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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Conciso, another Ferrari weird creation of 80's

After sometime ago we all knew about weird Ferrari car creations of 80's such as Ferrari Mythos, Ferrari Testa D'Oro Colani or even from 50s like the classic-one Ferrari Ouvo. Perhaps a Ferrari 328 GTS is simply too standard. If that statement rings true, RM Sotheby's has consigned quite a quirky take on Ferrari's late-'80s sports car. And then....
1989 Ferrari 328 GTS Conciso. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M0NFuZ)
Might be one of you will ask, is this a Ferrari? Yes, this is a truly one-of-a-kind Ferrari. It's called the Ferrari 328 GTS Conciso, a brainchild of German designer Bernd Michalak. Aside from the radically different shape, the Conciso's body is made entirely from aluminum to shed pounds–it's good for a 30-percent weight reduction, per the consignment. Looking for doors? 
Front view of 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS Conciso. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M0NFuZ)
There aren't any, and the driver has to do their best hop and jump to enter the Conciso. A fixed roof? It's a convertible only. And the windshield? Frameless for driving pleasure, not for safety.
Steering wheel and dashboard view of 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS Conciso. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M0NFuZ)
On the inside, the 328 GTS Conciso is pretty barren with a driver-focused cockpit, save for the fact that the most important gauges, the speedometer and tachometer, are set to the right. But, if the driver wants to see the oil temperature and fuel level, that's directly front and center... for some reason.
Rear side view of 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS Conciso. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M0NFuZ)
The powertrain remains all Ferrari, however, with a 3.2-liter V-8 engine producing around 270 horsepower and a 5-speed manual for shifting duties. At the time, a 328 GTS could crack 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds, but the time should be slightly better with the Conciso's weight savings.
RM Sotheby hasn't provided an estimated sale price, so it's really anyone's guess as to how much the Conciso will sell for. It's one-of-one, which means someone, somewhere, will likely find it desirable. Or you wanna see another weird car designs in here. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTORAUTHORITY]
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