The Tailor Made Ferrari Roma is the Perfect Blend Between Japanese Culture and Italian Styling

It features a lot of cool design features inspired by the Japanese culture

The Ferrari Roma is, arguably, one of the coolest-looking Ferrari models launched in the past few years. It features a very clean, yet elegant design that makes it very easily recognizable. We’ve seen a lot of cool kits for it, with the best ones coming from traditional tuners like Novitec and Mansory, but still, it is the new one-off Roma designed by Ferrari’s Tailor Made department that really took the car to a completely new level.

Mixing Japanese Culture and Italian Design

The Tailor Made Ferrari Roma is the Perfect Blend Between Japanese Culture and Italian Styling
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The=is one-off edition of the Ferrari Roma is the result of a collaboration between Evan Orensten and Josh Rubin, the founders of the award-winning independent U.S. publication dedicated to design, culture, and technology “Cool Hunting” and the Ferrari Tailor Made showroom in New York.

The two returned from several research trips in Japan where they studied the country’s traditional crafts and artisanal methods. They wanted to transfer their new knowledge into something truly special, so they designed this one-off Ferrari Roma.

The Tailor Made Ferrari Roma is the Perfect Blend Between Japanese Culture and Italian Styling
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So, to sum up: we are looking at an Italian sports car, designed by two Americans, with elements from the Japanese culture - how’s that for a twist? For the exterior this one-off Roma gets a unique color: it is called "Indigo Metal" and was inspired by the traditional Japanese indigo dyes. The same color was applied to the sakiori fabric used for the seat trim inserts and the carpets.

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Another very cool feature of this unique Roma is the headlining. It was made using the same method used for centuries to decorate the silk or cotton of kimonos and obis. The work started in Kyoto where two different hides were colored separately: one to match the exterior of the car and the other one hand-painted using the Roketsu method. They were both sent to Italy where they were cut into strips and hand-woven by Italian artisans in a process called intreccio. The result is a truly exclusive experience by those sitting in the car.

Even the car’s door handles were inspired by Japanese culture. They are covered in hand-woven strips of black leather - a method inspired by the tsukami - the ancient art of wrapping the grips of Katana swords.

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No changes were made under the hood, but it is not like the Roma really needs them. it has the same engine as the Portofino M: a twin-turbo 3.9-liter V-8 that delivers 612 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. It is of course not the most powerful Ferrari engine out there, but it is still enough to sprint the 2+2 grand tourer from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and up to 199 mph.

Alina Moore
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