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One-off Ferrari 458 MM Speciale unveiled at Fiorano

Ferrari has unveiled the latest of its one-off vehicles, the 458 MM Speciale, built for secret British buyer


For the last few years, it’s been the case that if you write Ferrari a large enough cheque, the company will happily build you a one-off car through its Special Projects department. The company has just revealed it’s most recent one-off model at the car’s first shakedown run at Fiorano: the Ferrari 458 MM Speciale.
 
The MM has been given all-new hand-beaten aluminium bodywork, designed in-house by the Ferrari Styling Centre according to the ‘enthusiastic’ British owner’s wishes. This includes a ‘visor-style’ front windscreen arrangement, which includes Ferrari 288 GTO-style black a pillars. There is also a new side scoop. 
 
Carbon fibre has been used in the construction of the MM’s bumpers, which now offer substantially different aerodynamic properties. The MM utilises different coolant radiators at the front, while those side scoops supply extra cooling capability to the engine bay, due to the revised shape of the rear. An extra spoiler at the rear adds downforce, and helps to balance the car at speed. 
 
Although we know the new MM is based around the outgoing 458 Speciale (rather than the current 488 Turbo), technical details have not been fully divulged. It’s presumed that the spectacular naturally aspirated V8 remains untouched, delivering the same 597bhp at 9000rpm. 
 
A set of new (and unique) wheels, a Bianco Italia paint job and Italian flag central stripe finish the 458 MM off in typical Speciale style.
 
Ferrari has undertaken a number of special builds over the years, but one of the most memorable in recent years was Eric Clapton’s specially commissioned EC12 model – which was also based on the 458.

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