Ferrari has taken the wraps off yet another unique car, the 458 MM Speciale designed by Ferrari Styling Centre.
Mystery solved! As it turns out, that unique Ferrari spotted on the streets of Maranello a little over a month ago is the 458 MM Speciale. The car is wearing a lovely Bianco Italia paint combined with the Italian flag and a black A-pillar in the same vein as the iconic 1984 GTO. Compared to the regular 458 Speciale, the one-off MM comes with a different aluminum body and bespoke bumpers made from carbon fiber.
In addition, Ferrari has added a new side air scoop as part of the car’s elaborate aerodynamic package which also includes more steeply inclined coolant radiators sitting closer together compared to the standard 458 Speciale. The car’s side profile looks more dramatic now thanks to the more sloped roofline and the more prominent rake of the rear.
The reshaped rear had an impact on engine bay cooling, but that won’t be a problem as Ferrari has developed new side intakes which provide extra cooling for the naturally-aspirated 4.5-liter V8 unit. It continues to develop 605 horsepower (445 kilowatts) and 399 pound-feet (540 newton meters) of torque delivered to the wheels via a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox.
Both headlights and taillights have been modified specifically for the 458 MM Speciale which rides on a set of wheels that you won’t find on any other Ferrari. Photos of the cabin are not available at this point, but we do know there are satin white accents, an upgraded sound system, tailor-made trim, and Cioccolato leather upholstery featuring white stitching.
Unveiled today at the Fiorano track, the Ferrari 458 MM Speciale belongs to an “enthusiastic British owner” and one can only imagine the premium he had to pay for all these tweaks.
Ferrari 458 MM Speciale
THE 458 MM SPECIALE: THE LATEST CREATION FROM FERRARI’S EXCLUSIVE ONE-OFF PROGRAMME
Maranello, 31 May 2016 – Ferrari has unveiled its latest One-Off creation during the car’s first shakedown on the Fiorano circuit in the hands of Ferrari’s chief test driver Dario Benuzzi and the car’s enthusiastic British owner.
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 a 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.
Finished 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.
The 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.
The 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.