AutoGuide News Blog
The AutoGuide News Blog is your source for breaking stories from the auto industry. Delivering news immediately, the AutoGuide Blog is constantly updated with the latest information, photos and video from manufacturers, auto shows, the aftermarket and professional racing.
Notorious for stealing body styles, the Chinese automotive industry is quickly becoming the definitive source for unabashed design plagiarism.
With a track record including obviously-bilked F-150 bodies and more recently a hodgepodge S11 supercar set to debut at the upcoming Beijing Auto Show, it’s hard to expect anything short of absolute banditry from some of China’s car companies.
The very first special project vehicle made by Ferrari, the SP1 made its North American debut at Concorso Italiano today, one of the lead-up events to Sunday’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Owned by Junichiro Hiramatsu of Japan, the SP1 features custom bodywork by Leonardo Fioravanti, who’s past works for Ferrari include the Dino, Daytona, P5, P6, 512 Berlinetta Boxer, 365 GT4 2+2, the 308 GTB and the 288 GTO. The SP1 was built under the auspices of Ferrari, and is fully sanctioned by the company.
Based on the Ferrari F430, the SP1, which stands for Special Project 1, gets a new body with retro styling, while the underlying mechanicals remain the same – including the 490-hp 4.3-liter V8 engine.
We can’t say we’re overly fond of this look and much prefer the 430′s shape. Tell us what you think by leaving a comment.
GALLERY: Ferrari SP1
When a standard Ferrari just isn’t enough, there’s always Ferrari’s Special Projects unit, a special section of the company dedicated to creating custom coachwork for very wealthy clients who work in tandem with Ferrari to ensure that their visions are aligned.
The new, Japanese-based car, known as the SP1 is going to be making its debut at the Concourso Italiano, an Italian car festival held at the Monterey Historics race weekend on August 13th. The SP1 is owned by Junichiro Hiramatsu, and features custom bodywork by Leonardo Fioravanti, a famed custom car builder. The SP1 was built under the auspices of Ferrari, and is fully sanctioned by the company. No mechanical details were supplied.
After last year’s incredibly successful Ferrari 288 GTO reunion, Concorso Italiano will try to bring together F40 owners for this year’s go-fast festival. In total 13 owners have already confirmed attendance and Concorso organizers expect many more in the coming weeks.
To help promote the gathering, F40 Project Director and designer Leonardo Fioravanti will be a guest of honor this year. His works also include the 365 GTB Daytona, Dino, 308 Series and 388 GTO.
If you have an F40 and want to take part, contact Concorso Italiano at the link below. And if you don’t own one, wish you did and want to see this historic occasion, it will take place August 13th at the Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey, CA, during the annual Pebble Beach festivities.
[Source: Concorso Italiano]