Ken Okuyama creates another masterpiece – Meet the Kode 57 Roadster!

Article by Christian A., on August 31, 2016

Behind every masterpiece is an equally brilliant creator. For example, a painting would never be as captivating without the keen eye for detail and creativity of a painter, and neither can an invention be as innovative without the skilful hands of its inventor. Having said that, everything comes from a creator and in their hands rest the future of advancement and innovation.

The same goes in the automotive world. No car comes out of thin air like all other things in this planet. Of course, the concept itself must come from a source, i.e. a designer, and is then developed by the skilful hands of engineers. The designing process is a tedious task as it requires both skill and talent. A car designer must be mindful of the limitations of the current technology but at the same time must create a brand new technology to step up in their chosen field.

One such designer that has captured the hearts of millions, automakers and fans alike, is none other than Ken Okuyama. Ken Okuyama is a world-renowned industrial designer who has worked for big names in the automotive industry – he worked as a Chief Designer for General Motors, a Senior Designer for Porsche AG, and a Design Director for Pininfarina. He was in charge of designing the Maserati Quattroporte but is more popularly known for being the brain behind Ferrari’s tribute to its founder, the Ferrari Enzo, while he was still working for Pininfarina. After working for these companies, Ken Okuyama set-up his own design studio called Ken Okuyama Cars that still focuses on designing exotic cars. Being a very big influence in the industry, his designs are still being revered by many. Now, he will once again stun the public with his newest creation – the Kode57.

If you look closely, you’ll see that the Kode57 has traces of Enzo styling however, it is technically based around the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano. This roadster comes with the same 6.0-liter V12 engine from the 599 and is mounted behind its front axle; but the only difference now from the standard 599 is that its power has been increased from the already impressive 612 horsepower to a massive 702 horsepower. Moreover, the Kode57 tapped on Novitec Rosso for some custom suspension tuning.

What makes the Kode57 even more special is its light weight that makes it capable enough to be on the same performance levels as those on the Ferrari F12. The car will weigh at around 1,451 kg, 300 kg lighter than the standard 599 – thanks to its extensive use of carbon fiber and aluminum. The Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa and the Jaguar XKSS have been used as an inspiration for the Kode57’s unique design so that it has a narrow windscreen and an open top. These plus its reverse-opening doors are also a big help in reducing the overall weight.

Ken Okuyama’s Kode57 will be an additional member to the limited-edition family as only five units will be produced, each to be priced at around $2.5 million. It is not only an exotic car but also a car that only a few can afford, one of them Floyd Mayweather. The boxer has been reported to have placed an order on this Okuyama creation and will be an amazing addition to his collection of exotic cars. We’ll be tuning in to YouTube for any videos of this car going on full beast mode. Chances are low that we will witness its magnificence but it will surely be a sight to behold.

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