Italian carmaker Ferrari developed the P540 Superfast Aperta. The specialist actually built it for an American client and it has as base the 599 GTB Fiorano. The owner, Edward Walson, son of John Walson, the inventor of cable TV, asked Ferrari back in 2008 to produce a modern reinterpretation of the gold-colored car like the one in one of the tales of Edgar Allan Poe. The P540 Superfast Aperta respects all existing international safety and homologation requirements and is thus road legal. To be more precise, the car was designed by Pininfarina and built in Maranello. The client was directly involved in each stage of its development. The whole process, meaning from the initial sketches to the final, road-legal car took only 14 weeks. Under the hood it hides a V12 engine with a 5.999cc displacement capable of developing 456 kW and 608 Nm of torque. The power is being sent to the wheels through a 6-speed transmission. From here, the ponies are sent to the road through 245/35 20 tires situated on the front axle and through 305/35 20 tires from the back axle.
The first shake-down has been held at Fiorano of a very special one-off, the P540 Superfast Aperta, built for an American client. The car, the second in a new Special Projects programme created by Ferrari to meet requests from the most discerning clients and collectors to create truly unique models, is based on the 599 GTB Fiorano and was inspired by a Carrozzeria Fantuzzi-designed Ferrari built specifically for the 1968 Fellini film, Toby Dammit, itself inspired by one of the tales of Edgar Allan Poe.
The P540 Superfast Apertaâ™s proud new owner, Edward Walson, son of John Walson, the inventor of cable TV, approached Ferrari in 2008 to produce a modern reinterpretation of the gold-coloured car in the film. âI had always dreamed of designing sports cars,â Walson explains, âand when I saw this film the decision came of its own accord: one day I would have âmyâ™ Ferrari.â
In accordance with the Special Projectâ™s approach to producing such individual one-offs, the P540 Superfast Aperta respects all existing international safety and homologation requirements and is thus road legal. The car was designed by Pininfarina and built in Maranello, and the client was directly involved in each stage of its development. As the 599 GTB Fiorano donor car is a coupĂŠ, considerable effort went into strengthening the chassis by using finite element analysis in development and the increase in weight was kept down to just 20 kg by employing carbon-fibre extensively. From the initial sketches to the final, road-legal car took just 14 months.
As the client took delivery of the car at Fiorano his excitement was understandable: âThis is the most special Christmas present of my life.â
â˘Length 4731 mm
â˘Width 1954 mm
â˘Height 1300 mm
â˘Wheelbase 2750 mm
â˘Front track 1690 mm
â˘Rear track 1620 mm
â˘Displacement 5999 cc
â˘Maximum power 456 kW (620 CV) at 7600 rpm
â˘Maximum torque 608 Nm (62 kgm) at 5600 rpm
â˘F1 6-speed gearbox
â˘Front 245/35 20â
â˘Rear 305/35 20â
â˘Combined cycle 17.9 l/100 km
â˘Combined cycle 415 g/km
This special carâ™s colour was inspired by the film âToby Dammitâ, one of the three episodes of the film âHistoires Extraordinairesâ made in 1968 based on stories by Edgar Allan Poe.
âToby Dammitâ, the third of the three episodes, directed by Federico Fellini, with Terence Stamp Salvo Randone and Milena Vukotic, based on the story âNever Bet The Devil Your Headâ.
The other two episodes, âMetzengersteinâ and âWilliam Wilsonâ, were directed by Roger Vadim and Louis Malle.
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