Ferrari 458 Niki Lauda revealed

25 Nov, 2013 4:28pm Jonathan Burn

Customer pays tribute to Ferrari F1 legend Niki Lauda with a one-off special edition of the 458 Italia

A one-off special edition of the Ferrari 458 Italia has been revealed, paying tribute to Ferrari F1 legend and subject of recent hollywood blockbuster Rush, Niki Lauda. Commissioned by a Ferrari customer through the manufacturer’s Tailor Made program, this 458 is a strict one-off.

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The exterior is designed to echo the Ferrari F1 car raced by Niki Lauda in the mid-seventies. Finished in red with a white roof, the 458 features the famous tricolore racing stripe and rides on gold alloy wheels. Inside, the seats and centre console are finished with red stitching and incorporate the tricolore racing stripe into their design, mirroring from the exterior.

The changes are purely cosmetic, so under the skin it features the same 562bhp 4.5-litre V8 engine as the standard car, hits 62mph from a standstill in 3.4 seconds and tops out at 202mph. Other unique models to come from the Tailor Made program include English golfer Ian Poulter’s Ferrari FF finished with carbon fibre trim and tartan upholstery.

Ferrari's Tailor Made program, which offers customers bespoke colour and trim options, shouldn't be confused with Ferrari's ‘One-Off’ program, which builds completely bespoke cars for select clientele. The most recent example was Eric Clapton and his Ferrari SP12 EC, valued at around £3 million.

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A true Niki Lauda tribute car should at least have some panel damage on one side!

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