OFFICIAL FIRST LOOK AT ERIC CLAPTON'S ONE-OFF FERRARI 458 ITALIA PROJECT
by the Centro Stile Ferrari in collaboration with
Pininfarina and the engineers from Maranello, the
one-off Ferrari SP12 EC, created for musician and
Ferrari collector Eric Clapton, has now been officially
The world-famous guitar player has been attached to one
particular Ferrari model: the 512 BB, of which he has
owned three over the years. So his desire was to drive a
car inspired by this model. The new project is based on
the current production 458 Italia with new bodywork,
while, adhering to Ferrari's "Special Projects"
criteria, the engine and mechanicals remain untouched.
Attention in terms of style and technology have been
paid to the proportions and architecture of the SP12 EC
- which is part of Ferrari’s one-off programme – making
this unique sports car significant, although working
around the strictures of the 458 Italia's architectural
fundamentals have dictated aspects of the design.
According to Eric Clapton, following the SP12 EC project
through from what was, essentially, a blank canvas, it
was "one of the most satisfying things I’ve ever done."
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