Back in March we brought word about a one-off Ferrari made at the request of Eric Clapton. Now, he has been officially handed the keys. Or at least he speaks about his Ferrari SP12 EC in the latest issue of Ferrari’s official magazine.
Inspired by the 1970s Ferrari 512 BB, the SP12 EC is built on a 458 Italia chassis. Why the 512BB? Probably because Clapton has owned three of them over the years, among many other Ferraris.
Centro Stile Ferrari, in collaboration with Pininfarina, handled the design duties and we reckon they’ve done a pretty fine job too.
The rock god, with millions of record sales behind him, says being involved in this project with Ferrari is, “One of the most satisfying things I’ve ever done.”
New stylistic notes for Ferrari: the SP12 EC is born. EC like Eric Clapton
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.