It was not a secret that Ferrari was working on a V12-powered one-off model for Eric Clapton, right? Today the Italian manufacturer revealed the first photos with the new car dubbed the Ferrari SP12 EC (Eric Clapton). Built as as homage to Clapton’s career and his long lasting experience as a Ferrari owner, the SP12 EC was inspired by the 458 Italia. Eric Clapton also owned three Ferrari 512 BBs over the year and he was very attached to this model.
Unfortunately, we have no details regarding the specs of the car but we do expect them. Not from Ferrari, maybe from Eric himself. “Meticulous attention in terms of style and technology was paid to the proportions and architecture of the SP12 EC - which is part of Ferrari’s One-Off Programme – making this exceptional car even more significant. Just like music is created, applying the right notes in the right places to build a musical score, so was the creative process behind the SP12 EC. “ said the press release.
A Ferrari is innovation defined. And in the Prancing Horse brand’s history, there have been several cars that are identified to have signaled a new direction for the range. This is exactly what happened with the 458 Italia – it marks a huge forward leap in Ferrari’s mid-rear engine sports car segment.
This latest model synthesises design, creativity, desire, and trailblazing technology, traits that Italy is renowned for. This is why Ferrari chose to add its home country’s name to the classic number representation of displacement and cylinders.
Ferrari 458 Italia is completely new from every angle: design, engine, aerodynamics, components, instruments, etc.
The 458 Italia is a two seated Berlinetta, which is a classic Ferrari road car that draws many benefits from its F1 experience. This is especially apparent in how quickly and precisely the car reacts to the driver and how it has less internal engine friction for better fuel economy than the Ferrari F430, even though both have increased power and displacement.
Ferrari's race heritage is felt with the 458 Italia in the purity of the technology transferred, not just emotionally, in the symbiosis between car and driver. The Ferrari 458 Italia has a state-of-the-art drive environment including a race-inspired steering wheel and dashboard. It also cannot be denied that Michael Schumacher’s input, since the very start of this project, was invaluable.