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2008 Ferrari 612 P4/5


Could it be the world’s ultimate supercar? Combining the skills of legendary design house, Pininfarina , with the pace of an Enzo , this impressive coupe was set to turn the performance car class on its head when it was unveiled in the summer of 2006.

It’s the Ferrari 612 P4/5, a one-off model created especially for film director and stock exchange magnate, James Glickenhaus. The P4/5 started its life as an Enzo, but was transformed because Glickenhaus wanted a car that resembled the styling of Ferrari Ferrari ’s 1960’s race cars, the P Series. Designing, engineering, and building this special car was left in the hands of none other then Pininfarina. Their mission was to produce a unique vehicle inspired by sport racing cars with extreme vocations. This was not to be just a show-car, but a vehicle to be enjoyed on the road. And taking a close look at the final product, we have to admit they managed to do more than that.

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Exterior and Interior

Even if the P4/5 started its life as an Enzo there is nothing about this car that reminds about it. Pininfarina Pininfarina has developed more than 200 components through constant interaction between styling and design: from the bixenon lighting clusters specifically designed with an innovative system of yellow and white leds to the alloy wheels – 20-inch aluminum – milled from the block, up to and including the aluminum and special steel in-sight hinges.

The result is a supercar with sleek lines and an impressive aerodynamic. Pininfarina’s effort was to reach the highest levels of performance combined with perfect functionality of all the appendices integrated in the body of the vehicle.

The Engine

Ferrari 612 P4/5

The Ferrari P4/5 is powered by a 6.0 liter V12 engine that delivers 660 HP at 7800 rpm and 657 NM of torque at 5500. The engine is mated to a 6-speed semi-automatic transmission of the Enzo with black shifting paddles behind the wheel. It has two directional indicator buttons, one mounted on each side of the steering wheel.

It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just in 3.0 seconds and can hit a top speed of 233 mph.

The Competition

Ferrari 612 P4/5

The Ferrari P4/5 is a one-off model with no competitors on the market. However, considering it started as a Ferrari Enzo, models like the Aston Martin One-77 and the Lamborghini Reventon would fit the bill as worthy challengers.

The One-77 is powered by a naturally aspirated 7.3-liter V12, derived from Aston’s 6.0-liter powerplant. That massive motor will crank out 750 HP with torque checking in at about 533 pound-feet. With this amount of output, the One-77 can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 220 mph.

Limited to only 20 units, the Reventon is powered by 6.5 liter engine. For this car and none other, Lamborghini Lamborghini guarantees a 12 cylinder engine that delivers 650 HP at 8,000 rpm and 660 Nm of torque. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, with a maximum speed over 211 mph.

Prices

Being since this is a one-off model, no-one will actually get the chance to purchase one. That is, of course, unless your name is James Glickenhaus in which case you paid around $3,000,000 for this unique model.

Ferrari 612 P4/5

Press release

Called the 612 P4/5, the two-seater has the Enzo’s V12 engine and is based on a modified version of that car’s carbon chassis. It will debut on 20 August at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elégance. The car is a one-off commissioned by James Glickenhaus, the American collector with a yen for the legendary racing cars of the Sixties.

“This project - comments Andrea Pininfarina, Pininfarina S.p.A. Chairman and CEO - represents an exciting challenge, i.e. trying to meet the Customer’s requests in the best way possible without deteriorating the company’s approach based on stylishness and innovation”.

Officially, the car is a one-off, but our Pininfarina source admitted that it’s much more than simply a concept, as it has been cre-ated to explore the wilder side of the design firm’s creativity, as well as Ferrari’s future. To do that properly, it was essential to ensure the machine would be road legal.

Design and Features

Ferrari 612 P4/5

The car has been designed, engineered and built entirely by Pininfarina, bringing to life something that, just a few months earlier, was just a dream and creating a sort of symbiosis between the customer and Pininfarina along the path leading to definition of this astonishing model. Starting from a Ferrari Ferrari Enzo, the aim was to produce a sole vehicle inspired by sport racing cars with extreme vocations: not just a show-car but a vehicle to be enjoyed on the road. After freezing styling with various touch-ups to the initial sketches, the surfaces were defined using CAS modeling, then moving on to actual construction and assembly.

More than 200 components were specifically developed through constant interaction between styling and design: from the bixenon lighting clusters specifically designed with an innovative system of yellow and white leds to the alloy wheels - 20-inch aluminum - milled from the block up to and including the aluminum and special steel in-sight hinges.

An Enzo chassis is wrapped in the carbon bodywork, which incorporates a full roll cage. From behind the wheel, the windscreen, roof and rear of the cabin are all see-through. As a result, there’s incredible visibility, and a fantastic sense of space.

The nose is shorter and more aggressive than the Enzo’s, while echoes of the classic P4 racer run from nose to tail. At the rear, underbody aerodynamics are clearly visible, and are designed to maintain stability at the predicted top speed of more than 220mph.

Ferrari 612 P4/5

The sleek lines of the vehicle, characterized by a soft muscular touch, took shape on the body - made entirely of carbon fiber. The tapered profile of the nose highlights both its aerodynamic function and the car’s new look; the central body is dominated by the single-shell windscreen, while the car is accessed via two butterfly type doors. The rear features powerful sides with the embedded teardrop type transparent rear window which also acts as engine cover and from which ceramic-coated exhaust tips peep out, as on racing cars of the Sixties.

Inside, the two-seater has been custom fitted to accommodate even the most demanding owners’ needs, and there will be an assortment of hi-tech in-car entertainment for the passenger to play with. Power is kept at the V12 Enzo’s original 660bhp, and the six-speed F1-style gearbox also remains unchanged.

Because the curvy new body is said to perform better than the Enzo’s in the wind tunnel, the P4/5’s acceleration is claimed to be an improvement. What’s more, the prototype weighs less than the Enzo’s 3009 lbs, so the custom-built machine is set to be one of the fastest cars on the planet.

“The entire vehicle - stresses Ken Okuyama, Director of Pininfarina Styling - expresses elegance and fluidity with the clear-cut, uncluttered lines that are typical of Pininfarina’s style. Considerable attention has been dedicated to aerodynamics with continuous testing at the Pininfarina Aerodynamic and Aeroacoustic Research Center of Grugliasco (Turin, Italy) in an effort to reach the highest levels of performance combined with perfect functionality of all the appendices integrated in the body of the vehicle.

It is important to stress how re-styling was not restricted only to the outside of the car but continued also when defining the interior, completely redesigned according to the customer’s indications.

“Pininfarina has been a strong stakeholder on the automotive scene for many years, as confirmed by the five new productions launched between the end of 2005 and 2006: Alfa Romeo Spider, Mitsubishi Mitsubishi Colt CZC and Ford Focus CC for which we also followed up design and development, and Alfa Romeo Brera and Volvo C70 which we also engineered.

Ferrari 612 P4/5

The Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina and the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti “K” by Pininfarina - built for Mr. Kalikow and presented in April at Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance - give us a chance to demonstrate our excellent creativity, making our know-how available to special customers in order to provide a real personal experience that goes well beyond simply the possibility of designing their own car” concludes Andrea Pininfarina.



30 comments:

This car has a very futuristic style. It is not just a show-car, but it is a vehicle we can enjoy on the road. I’ll give a big salute to Ferrari for the well-designed and well-engineered super car inspired by sport racing cars.

Very aerodynamic looking car. The platform and the engine specs was amazing! The full white finish gives this car a strange look. It reminds me of some space craps used in alien movies. smiley

This one is truly a super car for the fact that it really had a powerful engine specification and aside from that, I can say that it looks so great and awesome on its exterior detailing.

This one is already looking so striking and amazing on its platform and styling, well I’m also glad that it had an impressive engine specs that is really suited for this sports car.

Very impressive car! The style of the car is unique. I want to have this car someday. Exterior and interior part are really great and specially the performance.

The result is a supercar with sleek lines and an impressive aerodynamic. Pininfarina’s effort was to reach the highest levels of performance combined with perfect functionality of all the appendices integrated in the body of the vehicle.

What a ridiculous car made?!It gives you a better idea.,that human absolutely made a fairy tale classic car that eventually turns to be amazing..

To be honest.,,i can say that this is proudly invented car for its very high technology built-in with a convertible in style that you will surely admire for..

Fortunately..,taking a close look at the final product, we have to admit they managed to do more than that..I agree,..still looking forward to a great more invention..that is worth buying for..Fantastic..!!

Fortunately..,taking a close look at the final product, we have to admit they managed to do more than that..I agree,..still looking forward to a great more invention..that is worth buying for..Fantastic..!!

Great..!!I like the concept and the style it is just the bee transform into a car..it is such a fantastic idea..!!

It’s fantastic Designing, engineering, and building this special car was left in the hands of none other then Pininfarina..,.this is more improvement comes to the engine.

“well,..i can say this is unique style of cars it is just like a bee” of appearance..
wow!..has the capacity to be convertible style..looks great right?...

agree... every cents you spend on a ferrari is worthy. but to be true??? 3/4 of the ferraris price is for the engine technology. nasty does it?

without a doubt well worth the money and the best looking ferrari hyper/super car ever after the enzo, plus the body curve is truly amazing.

I see the false P4/5 in Paris Mondial 2006 but you see the real... The USA is very different of France... it is more aggressive and more aerodynamic.

without a doubt well worth the money and the best looking ferrari hyper/super car ever

The current Ferrari 612 costs $575,700 for the six-speed manual and $601,200 for the F1 gearbox. Prices for the new range are yet to be released.

brilliant car! few more years of work, sell my house and I could afford one. lol.

The shape of 612 it makes me only think at a racing car, no place for it in the street!

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