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Your Ferrari 458 Speciale Is Suddenly Crap

Some people like to make a big deal out of the completely mundane facts about their cars, and they do this to make their car seem more exclusive than it really is: “My so and so limited edition was the second one to have ever been sold in the state of Texas!” or “This sports coupe right here has been painted in special matte paint that’s REALLY HARD TO TAKE CARE OF, and it’s only available to a handful of examples.” or “This special limited edition sports variant is one of 5000 copies ever sold, so you’re pretty much lucky to be near this super exclusive thing!” NONSENSE!

When you run into one of these people, please kindly tell them their car is a piece of garbage. Unless that person is the owner of this ONE-OFF 458 MM Speciale, at which point you need to step back and deem yourself not worthy. Ferrari just made a bespoke 458 Speciale for one, presumably VERY wealthy, enthusiastic British owner. Ferrari’s are super exclusive to begin with, but if you’re not the type to shop from Ferrari.com’s offering of Plebeian Ferraris, they’ll custom build one for you and even send out a press release about it!Ferrari-458_MM_Speciale_frontThe unveiling of the 458 MM Speciale occurred at the Fiorano Circuit, when the car got its first track test at the hands of Dario Beruzzi, Ferrari’s chief test driver. Here’s what Ferrari had to say:

Designed in-house by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the 458 MM Speciale was built on the chassis and running gear of the 458 Speciale. Stylistically, the client was looking for extremely sporty lines and specified a ‘visor’ effect for the glasshouse: a black-painted A-pillar, very much in the style of the 1984 Ferrari GTO, helps provide a wraparound solution between the windscreen and side windows which thus meld into single, seamless glass surface. This solution simultaneously lowers the roofline and lends an aerodynamic sleekness to the full volume of the swept-back C-pillar.458_MM_Speciale_sideFinished in Bianco Italia and complete with a livery that pays homage to the Italian flag, this unique coupé features all-new bodywork, handcrafted in aluminium with composite carbon-fibre bumpers front and rear. The 458 MM Speciale also boasts a new side air scoop, one of the most distinctive elements in an extensive revision of the aerodynamic package.458_MM_Speciale_rearThe radically modified aerodynamic solutions are already evident on the front of the car, where the bodywork hugs the coolant radiators which are more steeply inclined and mounted closer together than on the 458 Speciale. The side intakes were devised to allow direct additional cooling of the engine bay to compensate for the different rake of the rear. The tail features a spoiler which balances the downforce evenly and also completes the theoretical beltline that sweeps back along the side from the front wheelarch, giving the car a powerful and athletic stance.458_MM_Speciale_front1The 458 MM Speciale sits on specific wheels exclusive to this very unique car, and an additional touch is the adoption of modified front and rear light clusters. Inside the cockpit upgrades include to an enhanced audio system and trim definition to match the owner’s specific wishes. The Cioccolato leather upholstery with white stitching is elegantly accented by a slew of neat touches such as the satin white rings around the tunnel controls.

This is another vehicle that falls into the “If you have to ask, you can’t afford it” category. For starters a 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale starts just short of $300,000. A bespoke, one-of-a-kind Ferrari might just have one additional comma thrown in there. But even if you had the means, you can’t get this specific one. You just have to go to Ferrari and custom build one for yourself.

(Source: Ferrari)

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The engineer amongst the crew, Hansen once built a mini baja car with his bare hands. Hansen had the opportunity to join Honda’s R&D team in Ohio but chose the life of the east coast and the defense industry instead. A die hard auto enthusiast he religiously follows the auto industry and loves long walks in the auto shows.

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