Quote from the Founder of Ferrari

"The Ferrari is a dream-people dream of owning this special vehicle and for most people it will remain a dream, apart from for those lucky few." -Enzo Ferrari

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Custom Ferrari F430 spotted

Last week's sighting of a mysterious Ferrari photographed running development laps around the Fiorano test track at Maranello, Italy was apparently a modified F430 which is from Ferrari's recently announced coachbuilding service. It was at first suggested that it was the successor to the present model.
Ferrari has a strict rule to keeping undercover design details secret. It was a surprise then to a photographer to find that the car was completely undisguised being driven also around the factory boundaries. It is not to be confused with the latest prototype which remains covered in thick dark plastic. This car bears closely the signature of the Italian design house Fioravanti, a company now celebrating its 20th anniversary. It's the latest coachbuilding program started by Ferrari with official rights being extended to a handful of companies to produce the likes of Pininfarina's P4/5, Giugiaro's GG50 and Zagato's 575 GTZ.
This program is estimated to cost $3.1 million-but you get to use the F430, 612 Scaglietti or Enzo as a starting point. Ferrari says cutomers cannot change certain things, such as the drivetrain, front windshield and the fundamental crumple zone structure. In this case, the lighting units from the original F430 have been retained.
The back takes circular lights from the Ferrari 599, which have been installed on either side of the mesh cooling grille. Shallow flying buttresses are also evident, an obvious Pininfarina styling element. The front is a mildly re-sculpted front end of the base F430 and there is considerable use of carbon fiber-it's on the side skirts, mirrors, roof and lower front spoiler. Large vents are placed in the rear-wheel arches, possibly for performance.
The supercar is thought to be destined for an Asian collector.

Source: leftlanenews.com, autoweek.com, and autoblog.com

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