Ferrari unveiled the beautifully crafted SP12 EC ahead of an official handover of the keys to its proud new owner. The one-off model, based on a 458 Italia, is the result of a collaboration between Pininfarina, the engineers at Modena and a heavy cheque book.
Commissioned by musician Eric Clapton (explaining the last two letters in the car’s name), the SP12 EC uses the 419 kW V8 engine and transmission out of the 458, but features an all-new bespoke body, penned in consultation with the three-time Hall of Fame-inductee, to pay homage to the Ferrari 512 BB of the 1970s – three examples of which Mr Clapton has owned.
Clapton explained that creating the car was like “being in front of a gigantic blank canvas that had to be painted on”. He added that it was “an incredible experience, one of the most satisfying things I’ve ever done”.
The SP12 EC is reported to have set its owner back a cool £3 million (around R40 million).