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http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/65597/ferraris_light_fantastic.html

Could it be the world's ultimate supercar? Combining the skills of legendary design house Pininfarina with the pace of an Enzo, Ferrari's latest coupé is set to turn the performance car class on its head when it is unveiled this summer.

Auto Express was granted exclusive access to the futuristic-looking machine, which was inspired by the famous P4 racer of the Sixties. Called the 612 P4/5, the two-seater has the Enzo's V12 engine and is based on a modified version of that car's carbon chassis.

It will make its world debut on 20 August at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California, and is estimated to have cost at least £2.6million to produce.

Officially, the car is a one-off, but our Pininfarina source admitted that it's much more than simply a concept, as it has been cre-ated to explore the wilder side of the design firm's creativity, as well as Ferrari's future. To do that properly, it was essential to ensure the machine would be road legal.

The P4/5 was sketched out by a team led by Ken Okuyama - the man behind last year's stunning Maserati Birdcage show car and Ferrari's upcoming 599 GTB Fiorano.

An Enzo chassis is wrapped in the carbon bodywork, which incorporates a full roll cage. From behind the wheel, the windscreen, roof and rear of the cabin are all see-through. As a result, there's incredible visibility, and a fantastic sense of space.

The nose is shorter and more aggressive than the Enzo's, while echoes of the classic P4 racer run from nose to tail. At the rear, underbody aerodynamics are clearly visible, and are designed to maintain stability at the predicted top speed of more than 220mph.

Inside, the two-seater has been custom fitted to accommodate even the most demanding owners' needs, and there will be an assortment of hi-tech in-car entertainment for the passenger to play with. Power is kept at the V12 Enzo's original 660bhp, and the six-speed F1-style gearbox also remains unchanged.

Because the curvy new body is said to perform better than the Enzo's in the wind tunnel, the P4/5's acceleration is claimed to be an improvement. What's more, the prototype weighs less than the Enzo's 1,365kg, so the custom-built machine is set to be one of the fastest cars on the planet.

Getting to this point hasn't been easy, though. The first challenge was to find a donor vehicle. Only 399 Enzos were ever built, and a worldwide search turned up an unregistered 2003 model in Beverly Hills with an £800,000 price tag.

Only once it had been bought could the designers start to create the P4/5's shape. The next phase has cost £1.8million so far, and it's still not finished... However, the car is due to hit the road shortly - and is sure to stop traffic when it does!
the original P4
http://www.supercars.net/cars/556.html
 

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ah look so very oldskul.. very speedracer era
 

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Hahahahaha this thread is funny as is what autoexpress says about the car………

The real story is there is a guy that is having Pininfarina make him a car based off his design using a Ferrari Enzo as the donor car.

The car will be a one off and Ferrari has NOTHING to do with it
 

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Rev ATARI said:
Hahahahaha this thread is funny as is what autoexpress says about the car………

The real story is there is a guy that is having Pininfarina make him a car based off his design using a Ferrari Enzo as the donor car.

The car will be a one off and Ferrari has NOTHING to do with it
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The owner of the car
well the article does state that "Officially, the car is a one-off"; & that "The P4/5 was sketched out by a team led by Ken Okuyama". is he the owner of the car? i wouldnt read too much into the "it's much more than simply a concept, as it has been cre-ated to explore the wilder side of the design firm's creativity, as well as Ferrari's future.". almost everything built can fit into that category.

ferrari did have a little to do w/ the car; seeing as it's based on the enzo & the bodywork is based on the original P4. you could say ferrari's design team is not directly involved w/ the project; but that's not the same as having nothing to do w/ the car.
 

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The cars owners name is Jim “last name I will not say” anyway this is not Jims first time doing a one off car, he has done several others based on Ferrari and Maserati. The main designer of the car was a guy named Jason with a lot of input from Andrea Pininferina. I can also tell you that there are several magazine articles out right now about this project, some even saying they have spy pictures. None of them are correct and almost all the info they are talking about is also incorrect. Jim is being very tight lipped about this car and there are very few people that have seen pictures of the car.

Again Ferrari has nothing to do with the car other then the donor car being an Enzo. It is to my understanding that the only thing left in the car that will resemble the Enzo is the engine and that may even be modified as well. The body work is not so much based on the P4 as it is more of a modern day interpolation of what Jim thinks a P4 may look like if Ferrari continued to produce the P4


Jim said:
Sal is spending a lot of time with the engineers re ordering the Enzo's plumbing/wiring/etc. to make it simpler/easier to service/neater/ and lighter.
We'll take a lot of weight off. The wheels are a unique design and we'll be running different tires (Ultra High Speed Run Flat). The engine cooling and breathing are being studied and I happy with the solutions. The front radiator
will be horizontal as in the 333 which allows a very beautiful nose and better cooling.
Jim said:
Every detail is being designed. The doors seals will have double the seals as the Enzo for example.
Jim said:
There will be a lot of glass and it will be very special. Not yet sure about photo-voltave.
Jim said:
I own the design rights.
Jim said:
As some have guessed she does evoke the wonder and beauty of Ferrari's great sports racing cars but she's modern and timeless as well. This is a WOW car. Direct quotes upon first view have literally been:

Oh MY God
Jim said:
Enormously talented people are working from the heart on this one and some how we all got lucky. This one works. It can stand next to a P4/512S/312PB/333SP and it can stand next to P5, and Dino Competizone as well.
It can stand next to a 250 LM and a series one 250 GTO. It will bring a tear to your eye and while it will remind you of all of the above it somehow will reach forward to something that's so obviously what a Ferrari should be that it will need no badges to tell you what it is.
 

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more info
http://www.autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060327/FREE/60320024/1039





New exotic Ferrari
Pininfarina one-off coming this summer

By MATT DAVIS

AutoWeek | Published 03/27/06, 8:05 am et

A well-known collector has taken a page from history and commissioned a coach-built one-off Ferrari he hopes to debut center stage at a premier automotive event this summer.

And while this information has not officially been released, its source is reputable—the collector himself sharing details online. Whether this is a case of braggadocio or a done deal remains a question until the unique Ferrari is seen in its carbon fiber flesh; all else being equal, however, if it is for real, it undoubtedly will be a stunner.

New York-based collector James Glickenhaus spilled the fagioli over the last several months about his secret, custom “new” Ferrari 330 P4-inspired prototype in various chat rooms, specifically at ferrarichat.com. Glickenhaus, 55, a former B-movie writer/director/producer-turned Wall Street fund manager (Glickenhaus’ movie credits include Maniac Cop, Frankenhooker, Slaughter of the Innocents and Timemaster), is particularly passionate about the P3/4 (also known as the 412 P) and P4 models; only three of each model were produced in 1966 and ’67 and he owns one of them, worth up to $10 million.

For those who need a reminder of their history, the original Ferrari P3/4s beat the Ford GT40s at Daytona and won the constructors’ sports car championship in ’67, the year in which the GT40s won Le Mans.

This latest P4 one-off prototype, dubbed 612 P4/5, is based on an Enzo chassis and reportedly aims to compete in a new Prototype class at the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August. (As of this writing Pebble Beach Concours organizers have not yet extended invitations for participants, so Glickenhaus’ expectations might be premature.) This car’s goal, besides giving a collector a unique toy about which he can forever boast, is to project the sensuous P4 styling into the future.

Glickenhaus personally commissioned Pininfarina in 2005 to build his dream car, a carbon composite body penned by the same designers responsible for the Maserati Birdcage 75th show car to commemorate the firm’s 75th anniversary, and the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano that debuted earlier this month at the Geneva Motor Show. According to Glickenhaus in online postings, the 612 P4/5 with all-new carbon composite bodywork was executed by a Pininfarina designer identified only as “Jason.” Jason Castriota is the one credited with both the Maser and newest Ferraris exteriors.

Glickenhaus requested an unregistered U.S.-spec Enzo to get everything rolling. Middle of last year, Pininfarina and Ferrari of Beverly Hills found the only unregistered, un-driven 2003 Enzo on earth and shipped it, still shrink-wrapped in its factory protective white plastic, to Pininfarina to start its transformation.

Based on the highly detailed descriptions put forth by Glickenhaus, these computer-generated images show the 612 P4/5 for what it is. The traditional color chosen harks back to the blood red of the original P4 or, as Glickenhaus describes it, Alfa Romeo SF Rossa Corso. The nose is truncated and more aggressive than on an Enzo, allowing a functional approach angle vs. the Enzo’s long overhang (the Enzo’s electronic nose-lift function is kept in case). Placing a large front radiator horizontally and reclined on its side, as in the 1993 Ferrari 333 SP built for IMSA competition in the World Sports Car class, makes this gorgeous nose possible. Echoes of the 330 P4 envelop the car from nose to tail, with a decidedly modern take. Check out the white ceramic-coated exhausts tips poking out of the back panel.

Official sketches have not been released. Like the design on the Birdcage 75, the cabin has integrated carbon fiber structures incorporating a full roll cage. The windshield, roof and rear of the cabin are see-through, and in whole are tear-drop shaped as on a long line of famous Turin show cars.

According to Glickenhaus, the P4’s power remains the same as the Enzo’s at 651 horsepower. The P4 body is more efficient bending air in a wind tunnel than the Enzo, and it provides more downforce. The prototype reportedly weighs less than the 3009 pounds of its host, requiring a change in suspension settings, and the P4’s height is 1.5 inches lower than the car on which it is based. So thorough is Glickenhaus that even the 20-inch wheels are one-off customs shod with Michelin PAX Ultra High-Speed run-flat rubber. Since the Enzo was unregistered, this new P4 gets its own VIN—allowing it to be driven on the streets of all 50 states.

Glickenhaus hints that the cost of 612 P4/5 has approached the going price of an Enzo ($1 million-plus) plus another $3 million. In an effort to share his vision with the rest of the world, among the several scenarios discussed online has Glickenhaus “crashing” the Paris auto salon in September. Stay tuned for how the French turn out for that premier.
 

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I really can’t say, I just know that all the pictures the magazines are posting are not even close from what I have been told. As for that picture, I think its one of the better looking ideas of that it could look like, but I seem to remember Jim saying the nose will be considerably shorter then the Enzo and that picture the nose is longer then the Enzo.
 
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