A low-resolution video that showed a mysterious Ferrari leaving a London dealership surfaced on the internet last March. At the time numerous reports indicated that the car was a one-off special commissioned by famous guitarist Eric Clapton.
Ferrari has just unveiled the first official images of the car, which is dubbed the SP12 EC. As its name implies it was indeed commissioned by the English guitar player.
The SP12 EC was penned jointly by Ferrari's Special Projects division and Pininfarina with input from Clapton. Its design is heavily inspired by the 512 BB and 512 BBi models that were produced from 1976 to 1984. Clapton explained in an interview with Ferrari Magazine that he wanted to pay homage to the 512 because it is one of his all-time favorite Ferraris. The musician has reportedly owned three of them in the past.
Although the 512 BB got its power from a 180-degree V12 engine, the SP12 EC is believed to utilize the same drivetrain as the 458 Italia, meaning that it is powered by a 4.5-liter V8 that makes 562 horsepower and 398 foot-pounds of torque. The one-off model can reportedly reach a top speed of 202 miles per hour.
Pictures of the car's interior were not released.
Clapton is thrilled to have been able to help design a one-off Ferrari and he calls it "one of the most satisfying things I've ever done." We'd certainly hope so because several sources indicate that the one-off model cost approximately £3 million, or $4.7 million at this morning's conversion rate.