Wednesday, September 12, 2012

An Addition to the Exclusivity Corner: One off GTO (0-60Mag)

Ferrari SP Arya Is One Rich Guy's Dream 599 GTO

Buy enough Ferraris, and they'll let you create your own.

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Concept drawing of the Ferrari SP Ayra.
Concept drawing of the Ferrari SP Ayra.
You probably have no idea who Cheerag Arya is, but in about thirty seconds, you’re going to be insanely jealous of him. Arya is 32 years old. He lives in Dubai. He owns or has owned a Ferrari 599 GTO, an F40, an Enzo, an SA Aperta, an F430 Scuderia, a Daytona, a 575M Maranello, and a 599XX—the latter of which means he gets to participate in ferrari’s private racing club, Corso Cliente. And he’s having Ferrari’s Special Projects division—you know, the guys who made Eric Clapton his Boxer-inspired 458 Italia for $4 million or so—build him his very own one-of-a-kind 599 GTO-based supercar.
Told you you’d be jealous.
Details on Arya’s new car are few and far-between—he’s playing things close to the vest—but the article in Ferrari Magazine that revealed the existence of the SP Arya also included the illustration above, which gives an example of what Arya is thinking of for his new car. “I told the designers what I wanted and they presented me with a total of 12 designs. I then picked the bits from each that I liked until we got an idea of the car I had in mind,” he said. He did share that, despite the F12berlinetta-inspired looks of the drawing above, the car would be based on the 599 GTO, and would likely remain mechanically identical to the badass gran turismo it’s based on, though he says he might fiddle with the exhaust and suspension a little.

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