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Latest model: Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta 2010
Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta 2010The first shake-down has been held at Fiorano of a very special one-off, the Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta, built for an American client. The vehicle, the second in a new Special Projects programme created by Ferrari to meet requests from the most discerning clients and collectors to create truly original models, is based on the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano and was inspired by a Carrozzeria Fantuzzi-designed Ferrari built specifically for the 1968 Fellini film, Toby Dammit, itself inspired by one of the tales of Edgar Allan Poe.



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The Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta's proud new owner, Edward Walson, son of John Walson, the inventor of cable TV, approached Ferrari in 2008 to produce a modern reinterpretation of the gold-coloured vehicle in the film. I had always dreamed of designing sports vehicles, Walson explains, and when I saw this film the decision came of its own accord: one day I would have 'my' Ferrari.

In accordance with the Special Project's approach to producing such individual one-offs, the Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta respects all existing international security and homologation requirements and is thus road legal. The vehicle was developed by Pininfarina and built in Maranello, and the client was directly involved in every stage of its development. As the 599 GTB Fiorano donor vehicle is a coupé, considerable effort went into strengthening the chassis by using finite element analysis in development and the increase in weight was kept down to just 20 kg by employing carbon-fibre extensively. From the initial sketches to the final, road-legal vehicle took just 14 months.

As the client took delivery of the vehicle at Fiorano his excitement was understandable: This is the most special Christmas present of my life.