Sir Stirling Craufurd Moss is a real legend in the world of motorsport. Winning 212 of the 529 races he entered, he is considered as the greatest driver never to win the World Championship. One of his racing highlights came while driving a Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione. This equally legendary car gave Sir Stirling three wins, including the 1960 Goodwood Tourist Trophy.
Just recently, the legends of Sir Stirling and the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione became the inspiration for a new Ferrari 812 Superfast, as ordered by a customer at British luxury dealer group H.R. Owens.
The new Ferrari 812 Superfast is wrapped in a dark blue (Blu Scozia Opaco) paintwork with a white stripe and roundels, similar to the livery of the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione driven by Sir Stirling. Actually, these wrappings are the iconic colors of Rob Walker Racing, the famous privateer that managed to be successful in the world of F1 racing.
Built in August 1960, this particular Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione was driven by Sir Stirling to victory at the Tourist Trophy at Goodwood at the same month. Sir Stirling also drove this race car to wins at Nassau, Brands Hatch and Silverstone. In 1961, this car was driven by Mike Parkes, who managed to get three wins. In addition, this 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione grab class victories and third overall at Le Mans.
Because of its massive success, this Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione has become as legendary as Sir Stirling. In fact, the SWD is regarded by many – including Sir Stirling himself – as Ferrari’s best ever road and race all-rounder.
The Blu Scozia Opaco paintwork of this particular Ferrari 812 Superfast was done by Ferrari’s Tailor Made customization department. Then it was handed to the waiting customer by H.R. Owen, which operates the Atelier in Knightsbridge, the only Ferrari-approved boutique of its kind.
Tagged as the successor to the Ferrari F12berlinetta, the Ferrari 812 Superfast is powered by a naturally aspirated 12-cylinder engine that delivers 800 hp (588 kW) of max output and 718 Nm of peak torque available at 7,000 rpm. This makes the 812 Superfast around 60 hp more powerful than the F12berlinetta. With this amount of power at hand, the 812 Superfast can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and accelerate from nil to 200 km/h takes in only 7.9 seconds. Top speed is pegged at to 340 km/h.
The Ferrari 812 Superfast features a two-box design with a high tail evoking that Ferrari 365 GTB4 of 1969. Launched in a special new color -- Rosso Settanta – that marked Ferrari’s 70th anniversary, the 812 Superfast has a length of 4,657 mm, width of 1,971 mm and height of 1,276 mm.