MARANELLO, Italy – A unique Ferrari has been seen lapping at Fiorano during what has been described s ”a brief, yet intense, shakedown”. Seems it belongs to ”a discerning European client” – though Ferrari ain’t naming names.
A media release added: ”While the V12 engine note reverberating around the track may have sounded familiar, the car’s arresting looks are unique and guaranteed to strike a chord with the marque’s aficionados”.
It was identified as the new Ferrari Omologata (it means ”approved for the road”) and, Ferrari says, ”with its Rosso Magma finish and sophisticated racing livery, the Omologata is a clear descendent of Ferrari’s seven-decade GT tradition”.
The coach-built one-off was described as a vibrant evocation of the values that define Ferrari in GT racing: ”a car equally at ease on the road as clipping an apex on a track in the hands of a true gentleman driver”.
”The Omologata project,” Ferrari confessed, ”took a little over two years to complete from sketches to sci-fi and references to modern architecture. The idea was to create a futuristic design with distinctive elements re-interpreted to provide a timeless shape certain to leave a lasting impression.”
The designers, The Corner was told ”unlocked every possible area of freedom from the underlying package of the 812 Superfast, keeping only the windscreen and headlights”.
‘TRICKIEST WAS BALANCE…’
”The objective,” designer Flavio Manzoni, wanted to exploit the proportions of the potent, mid-front, layout to deliver a very sleek design defined by smooth volumes and undulating reflections, uplifted by sharp graphics with sparingly distilled surface breaks wherever dictated by aerodynamic functions.
”The trickiest aspect was striking an ideal balance between expressiveness and restraint: the Omologata had to ooze street presence.”
Behind the door is ”potent rear muscle” that neatly blends upwards into the three-quarter panel. The tail carries a prominent spoiler – ”part of a design that adds not only downforce but also a more assertive stance”.
‘Omologata’, The Corner was told, was a vital throughout development of this the 10th front-engined, V12, one-off, Ferrari has delivered since the 2009 P540 Superfast Aperta. Beyond clear instructions from the client the designers took into account countless variables to make ”a bespoke model” – right down to creating a shade to match the fiery triple-layer Rosso Magma over darkened carbon-fibre finish.
The seats have four-point racing harnesses – red, against a full black interior. Metal parts on the fascia and steering-wheel have been finished with the ”crackled paint” effect associated with the great GT racers of the 1950’s and 1960’s as well as with Ferrari’s engine cam covers.
”Overall,” Ferrari says, ”it was a fitting one-off exercise. The Omologata includes a range of subtle Ferrari signature design cues without falling into nostalgia. Its hand-crafted aluminium shell is sprinkled with almost subliminal details, in a way that challenges the enthusiast to identify the various sources of inspiration that played a part into its inception.”