Ferrari is a well-known sports car manufacturer based in Maranello, Italy; founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929, as Scuderia Ferrari. The company is better known for their participation in racing events around the world, starting with the more illustrious F1 to the “road-car” GT series. Every now and again, Ferrari design a car that’s as fast and audacious as it is expensive. In certain cases, they’ve even sold cars to respective buyers, who cannot take delivery. These cars are, however, stored at the Ferrari quarters, and they will allow you to drive your purchased car, but only on their race track. Two Ferraris that come to mind are the 599 Evoluzione and limited-edition Enzo; obviously for those who can afford it.
In their official magazine, Ferrari showcases the SP12 EC custom built car. At first thought, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise. When it’s confirmed that the car was designed for English musician, Eric Clapton who talks about his passion for Ferrari and his one-off model, you might find the two an awkward paring. The SP12 EC was designed at the Centro Stile in collaboration with Pininfarina, and the engineers from Maranello. It was created as tribute to Clapton’s music career and his passion for Ferraris.
Clapton chats exclusively with Ferrari Official Magazine in the latest issue about his passion for cars and how the idea of a one-off car was born that costs roughly $5 million. Scrupulous attention to detail was spent on style and technology of the proportions and architecture of the SP12 EC, which is loosely based on the Ferrari 458 Italia.
It’s quite ironic that one the more popular Eric Clapton songs is named “Nobody knows you when you’re down and out.”