Eric Clapton gets a one-off exclusive Ferrari sportscar (Photos)
Considered as one of the best guitarist in the world, Eric Clapton has been ranked second in the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list by Rolling Stones magazine, after American great Jimi Hendrix. Apart from guitar, the legendary British guitarist is also known for his love towards the Italian marquee, Ferrari.
Being a Ferrari owner for years now, Mr Clapton’s favorite Ferrari model has been the 512 BB, of which he owns 3 examples. Eric Clapton wanted a new Ferrari, but he wanted the new car to be based on his beloved 512 BB, but at the same time being inspired by another Ferrari great – 458 Italia.
Considering his stature in the world, Ferrari has created a one-off sportscar exclusively for Mr Eric Clapton. Christened as the SP12 EC, the new Ferrari car is developed and designed by Ferrari Style Centre in collaboration with Pininfarina and Maranello’s own engineers.
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Exclusively in the Ferrari Magazine the great English musician talks about his passion for Ferrari and his one-off model.
For a Ferrari enthusiast and great musician like Eric Clapton a one-off car just had to be produced. Designed by the Centro Stile Ferrari in collaboration with Pininfarina and the engineers from Maranello, the SP12 EC was created as homage to Clapton’s career and his long lasting experience as a Ferrari owner.
The world-famous guitar player has been attached to one particular Ferrari model: the 512 BB, of which he has owned three over the years. So his desire was to drive a car inspired by this model, with influences from the multi-award winning 458 Italia. Exclusively in the latest issue of the Ferrari Official Magazine Eric Clapton talks about his passion and how the idea of a one-off car was born.
Meticulous attention in terms of style and technology was paid to the proportions and architecture of the SP12 EC – which is part of Ferrari’s One-Off Programme – making this exceptional car even more significant. Just like music is created, applying the right notes in the right places to build a musical score, so was the creative process behind the SP12 EC.
For Eric Clapton, following the project through from what was, essentially, a blank canvas, was ‘one of the most satisfying things I’ve ever done.” Unique and irreproducible like the final car.