Ferrari has just unveiled its latest one-off creation, the 458 MM Speciale, during its first shakedown on the Fiorano circuit, by Ferrari’s chief test driver Dario Benuzzi and the car’s British owner.
The new 458 MM Speciale, finished in Bianco Italia and completed with an Italian flag livery, was designed in-house by the Ferrari Styling Centre, and built on the chassis and running gear of the 458 Speciale. As to the style, the client was looking for extremely sporty lines and specified a ‘visor’ effect for the glasshouse: a black-painted A-pillar, similar to the style of the 1984 Ferrari GTO. This treatment provided a wraparound solution between the windscreen and side windows; the elements meld into a single, seamless glass surface, while simultaneously lowering the roofline and adding an aerodynamic sleekness to the full volume of the swept-back C-pillar.
The 458 MM Speciale features all-new bodywork, handcrafted in aluminum with composite carbon-fibre front and rear bumpers. It also boasts radically modified aerodynamic solutions, including a new side air scoop, and front fascia that hugs the coolant radiators, now more steeply inclined and mounted closer together than on the 458 Speciale. The new side intakes allow increased direct cooling of the engine bay to compensate for the different rake of the rear. Further, the tail features a spoiler which evenly balances the downforce while also completing the theoretical beltline that sweeps back along the side from the front wheel arch, giving the car a powerful and athletic stance.
The 458 MM Speciale sports exclusive wheels and modified front and rear light clusters, while inside the cockpit is embedded with an enhanced audio system, Cioccolato leather upholstery with white stitching and white satin rings around the tunnel controls to match the owner’s requirements.