March 22, 2012
Longtime Ferrari fanatic, Eric Clapton, has presented his one-off homage to the classic late ’70s V12 512BB as built by Ferrari’s own ‘Special Products’ Division, which exclusively handles bespoke one-offs such as this.
Based on the underpinnings of the 458, it has been given the name SP12-EPC (obviously after its registration plate – ‘SP’ = Special Products ’12’ = year of Reg.) Yet contrary to many other reports on the interweb, the car still retains its original 458-derived V8 heart, not a transplanted V12… despite the notable increase in desireability if that were the case
The Enzo headlamps also tempt that V12 notion even further but official Motor Vehicle documents don’t lie… Further details are understandably scant at best this early on but surely the singer/songwriter will (hopefully) be providing up-close and possibly onboard experiences to worthy journalists and his fellow Ferrari fanatics/historians in the near future…
Until then, have a gaze at the photos that captured the car’s debut at London Ferrari Dealership HR Owen last night…
The original V12 512BB Boxer...
February 7, 2012
Ferrari is set to unveil its new F620 flagship GT at the Geneva Show in March of this year and, according to German magazine Auto Bild, it will pack quite a punch as well – about 710 bhp worth. For those of a numbers fixation, that’s more power than the new Lamborghini Aventador…
The official 'unofficial' rendering of the F620 GT
Unsurprisingly, shifting that power will come from the same 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox found in the current 458 as there will be no manual option made available (rejoice, all of you lazy, wannabe-F1 flippy-paddle mongers). I think it’s fairly safe to say that there will never ever be a manual Ferrari made again – does that not seem odd and just plain wrong to anyone else…? According to Ferrari just a couple of years back, their new mantra for future models was ‘far less weight, therefore smaller engines/less power required’…. Hmm.
From the unofficial rendering above (culled from many various spy-photos), the 599 successor appears to have gathered its front-end inspiration from the current FF. It will also share the same 6.3 V12 as fitted in the FF, albeit with a rather substantial gain in power. We look forward to its in-the-metal unveiling in March..!
February 6, 2012
The Ferrari Dino 206 SP of 1966 was one of only 18 built, largely due to financial constraints of the time. Ferrari needed to build 50 for FIA Group 4 racing homologation purposes but with the little Dino-powered 206 S falling short of the production mark, it was later designated the 206 ‘SP’ – the SP standing for ‘Sports Prototype’.
Essentially a scaled-down/shortened version of its V12’d 330P big-brother, the little Dino-powered (V6) 206 was just as beautiful yet weighed a scant 580kg allowing its 215 bhp 2.0L V6 to propel itself and driver along at a rather brisk pace.
December 9, 2011
There’s been an alarming number of reports detailing various banged-up, bent and written-off classic Ferraris as of late, so we felt it only right to bring an air of solemnity to the matter and share this peaceful, vintage-esque photo of 15 Ferrari F40s being lovingly navigated down a rain-soaked stretch of tarmac…
The soundtrack alone must have been spectacular.
*Attention wealthy people: Drive safely, maturely and within your limits – don’t be a wealthy yob.