The tenth unique model of the Maranello company based on a V12 platform makes its debut on the Fiorano circuit
A Ferrari like no other made its debut today at the Fiorano circuit during a test as short as it was intense. Those present were able to hear the unmistakable sound of the aspirated V12 of the Prancing Horse and, at the same time, get excited by an innovative design destined to leave its mark in the hearts of the Maranello fans. The new Ferrari Omologata one-off, with its Magma Red coloring and sophisticated racing livery , is clearly inspired by the legendary and over seventy-year tradition of Ferrari Gran Turismo.
The latest addition to the line of unique Maranello models, commissioned by a leading European customer of the Prancing Horse, is a vibrant concentration of all those values that define the special relationship between Ferrari and the world of Gran Turismo: it is, in fact , of a car capable of being at ease both on the road and on the track, driven by a true gentleman driver .
The homologated Ferrari, the result of a development process that lasted over two years from the presentation of the first sketches, drew inspiration from a wide range of images from very different fields, from the legendary races of the past to science fiction and modern architecture. From the beginning, we wanted to create a futuristic design with some characterizing elements subjected to a new interpretation, in order to conceive timeless shapes, destined to leave an indelible mark.
To this end, the designers unleashed their creativity starting with the platform of the 812 Superfast, of which only the windshield and headlights were kept. The goal was to leverage the proportions dictated by the powerful central-front architecture of the starting platform to model agile shapes, defined by fluid volumes and wavy reflections embellished with graphic elements of great detail and wisely measured openings where they were needed. for aerodynamic needs. The biggest challenge was to find the perfect balance between aesthetic expressiveness and technical limitations: the homologated one had to maintain its formal purity but, at the same time, conquer the street with its bearing.
The designers have carefully studied the line and proportions of the car from every angle, defining a tapered front volume starting from the flat oval grille. The rounded sections above the front wheel arches, highlighted by a contrasting band that wraps around the engine hood, appear as a natural continuation of the grille. The side develops into an imposing muscle that merges seamlessly into the rear panel. The entire volume has been deliberately made more aggressive by eliminating the fixed side window, while three horizontal slits divide the car’s fastback volume to visually lower the rear. The tail is topped with a prominent spoiler which adds not only downforce, but also a good dose of aggression to the whole.
Stylistic figure: uniqueness
At the beginning of the development process of each new Ferrari, one of the most complex challenges that Flavio Manzoni and the Centro Stile design team have to face is to be able to meet the high safety standards linked to homologation for road use. without compromising the driving emotions and dynamic qualities typical of every Prancing Horse car. The difficulties increase if the project starts from a pre-existing platform; and in fact ‘homologated’ was one of the key words that accompanied the design of the tenth unique model with a front V12 engine made by Ferrari starting with the P540 Superfast Aperta of 2009. In addition, of course, to the detailed instructions of the customer regarding every detail of the car,instant classic with nothing to envy to the range models of the Maranello company. The pursuit of perfection was so painstaking that the development team developed a new shade of red for the livery, which perfectly matched the bold three-layer Magma Red and carbon fiber finishes.
Countless interior details recall the link between the car and Ferrari’s unparalleled history in the world of motorsport. The seats in leather and Jeans Aunde® fabric with electric blue 4-point racing belts stand out against the total black interior. The lack of light from the fixed rear window creates an intriguing atmosphere in the passenger compartment, a vestige of an era now lost. The metal elements of the dashboard and steering wheel are embellished with a particular paint scheme that is commonly associated with the large GTs of the 1950s and 1960s (in addition to Ferrari’s iconic cylinder head covers). On some other details, such as the internal door handles and the iconic F1 central bridge, a special hammered effect paint typical of legendary Prancing Horse cars was used, including the 250 LM and 250 GTO.
The one-off Ferrari Omologata therefore succeeds in the not easy feat of incorporating a wide range of details typical of the Maranello company without falling into nostalgic and vintage . The handcrafted aluminum bodywork is littered with almost imperceptible details, which by their nature challenge enthusiasts to identify all the sources of inspiration that played a role in its creation.