The first official pictures have been revealed of the Ferari SP12 EC – a stunning one-off model produced for guitarist Eric Clapton.
Based on the 458 Italia, the SP12 EC incorporates styling cues from Clapton's favourite Ferrari, the 512 BB, of which he has owned three.
Ferrari says Clapton wanted a car inspired by the 512 BB – but presumably with modern underpinnings, so it keeps the same 570bhp 4.5-litre V8 (the 512 BB had a flat 12-cylinder engine) and seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
The body is completely new and features a variation on the two-tone paint theme of the 512 BB, with a more steep rise to the rear, BB-style door handles and air intakes. The headlights, though, are said to come from the Enzo.
Designed by the Centro Stile Ferrari in collaboration with Pininfarina and engineers from Maranello, Clapton's car has been produced under Ferrari's 'One-Off Programme', which allows the very rich to build the car of their dreams.
It follows on from models like the Ferrari P4/5, which was built for US car collector James Glickenhaus and featured styling influenced by Ferrari's Sixties racers and was based on Enzo mechanicals. It was rumoured that that car cost Glickenhaus £2.5million, but it has been reported that Clapton has spent even more – around £3million.