Ferrari have created a one-off supercar for rock legend Eric Clapton called the SP12 EC. The collaboration, described by Clapton as “one of the most satisfying things [he has] ever done” was created by Ferrari to pay “homage to Clapton's career and his long lasting experience as a Ferrari owner.”
Designed by the Centro Stile Ferrari in collaboration with Pininfarina and Ferrari's engineers in Maranello, the SP12 EC (SP for “Special Project” and EC for “Eric Clapton”) is based on the 458 Italia but features styling cues from Clapton's favourite Ferrari model, the 512 BB of the 1970s, of which he has owned three over the years. The engine is the 458's 4.5-litre V8 rather than a flat-12 as in the 512 BB.
Classic 512 BB styling touches on the SP12 EC's hand-built body include a larger air intake at the front of the car, grey slats on the front boot lid and a two-tone red and black paint scheme.
The SP12 EC is part of Ferrari’s One-Off Programme, which was launched in 2007 to create unique models following demand from customers. Cars built by the One-Off Programme must be based on an existing Ferrari platform, with customers also receiving the tooling used to make the car, thus ensuring that it will remain unique.
The design process for the SP12 EC was described by Ferrari. “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.”