British client orders bespoke model that has its own design and uses the running gear of the discontinued 458 Speciale
31 May 2016

The Ferrari 458 MM Speciale is the latest one-off machine to be produced at Maranello.

Created by the Ferrari Styling Centre for a particularly discerning British client, the 458 MM Speciale is based on the standard 458 Speciale but has several fundamental and unique differences that go far beyond the 458’s normal options list.

The client asked for even more sporty lines, with a visor effect for the cockpit, much like the 1984 Ferrari GTO (also known as the 288 GTO). The solution was a black painted A-pillar to give the impression that the windscreen and side windows are a single glass surface.

The bodywork has been reworked in handcrafted aluminium with composite carbonfibre bumpers at both ends. The bumpers include reworked aerodynamics, with a more inclined front end that reflects redesigned coolant radiators, which sit closer together than on the standard car. Side intakes have been added to help cooling in the engine bay, necessitated by a change of rake at the rear end.

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The tail end of the car has a spoiler, designed to evenly balance downforce over the car and complete the line that sweeps down the car’s flanks from the front wheel arch.

The wheels are bespoke numbers designed just for this car, and the front and rear lights have been exclusively modified. Inside, the stereo system has been upgraded, and the trim designed to the owner’s specification, with Cioccolato leather upholstery on the seats. Extra touches include satin white rings around the controls on the transmission tunnel.

The 458 MM Speciale is finished in Bianco Italia paint with a livery that pays homage to the Italian flag. It was unveiled during its first shakedown at Ferrari’s Fiorano test track, with the new owner accompanied by Maranello’s chief test driver, Dario Benuzzi.

The new car follows other one-off Ferraris including the 458 Italia-based SP12 EC, Enzo-based P4/5 and F12-based F12 TRS.

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31 May 2016
It may just be me but there's something new Ford GT-ish about some of the styling features. Either way, it look fabulous.

31 May 2016
This is seriously, seriously stunning. Way better than the current 488. Chapeau.

31 May 2016
Looks to me like a modern interpretation of how a Ford-Lancia joint development would have looked.

31 May 2016
It was also known as the 288 GTO, it was only known as the 288 GTO. Because that was the name it was given. Bizarre.

31 May 2016
That looks quite sexual.

31 May 2016
In profile it looks more than a bit like Lotus Evora!

1 June 2016
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