It took a while for them to officially announce and reveal what they’d done, but Ferrari finally revealed that very special one-off 458 Italia-based car they built for Eric Clapton.
It’s officially called the SP12 EC, is rumored to have cost GBP3 million as it was purchased from a London dealer and still look like a bad idea.
"The world-famous guitar player has been attached to one particular Ferrari model: the 512 BB, of which he has owned three over the years. So his desire was to drive a car inspired by this model, with influences from the multi-award winning 458 Italia,” Ferrari says.
Since Ferrari didn’t reveal anything else, and there are no other clues about the car hidden in backwards tapes of Clapton’s music, we’re stuck for details.
However, we expect that car has various bit from older Ferraris, was custom built by Maranello themselves. and is actually a V8, not a V12. Clapton wanted a car to be a spiritual successor to the 512, which indeed had a 12-cylinder, but it was a boxer engine which Ferrari doesn’t make any more. We might still be proven wrong, but until specs for this car appear we’re going to stick to our gums and say this is a V8.
Clapton says that this project is one of the most satisfying things he’s ever done, but will the automotive world agree?