The 250 Testa Rossa, which sold at auction at Pebble
Beach in August 2011 for a record $16.4 million, provided
the inspiration for the 458 Spider sporting blue and white
NART stripes over an historic Rosso Racing body colour.
The latter’s seats are upholstered in the same leather used
in the Formula 1 cars of the past – a trim that’s light,
breathable and feels very much like chamois leather to the
touch. The original 250 Testa Rossa had an aluminium
dashboard. This has now been given a innovative twist in
the form of Alutex, an extremely tough, light fibreglass
and aluminiummaterial. The cabin is also trimmed with
a diamond-quilted fabric inspired by the original Testa
Rossa motif.
In the Classica collection, the styling cues and features of
Maranello’s iconic GTs are given a more modern, yet still
classic, look through the use of the latest materials and
production techniques. Elegant pastel colours of the past;
the use of vintage leather, or wool, cashmere or velvet;
special treatments for the hard areas of the cabin to match
the exterior; chromed elements, stitching details; and
more natural leathers – these are just some of the options
available from this superb collection.
Another icon that’s been given a modern reworking in the
Classic collection is the FF, inspired by the 250 Europa: it
has three-layer Ingrid silver paintwork with dark grey sills
and rims. The cabin is a hymn to classicism, with a few
unusual flourishes mixed in: pinstripe cloth and dark
brown semi-aniline leather seats, cashmere roof lining,
grey carpet mats, interior trim inserts in the same colour
as the exterior, teak-trimmed boot. The overall result is a
sublimely classic atmosphere harking back to the original
Europa, but without detracting in any way from its
uniqueness and elegance.
Inedita does exactly what its name suggests: it introduces
novel, innovative styling cues that nonetheless respect the
marque’s core values. This is the most experimental of
the three collections, and it may well give rise to some of
the classic trims and finishes of the future. Denim, bold
leather upholstery, suit fabrics and technical textiles are
just a few of the innovative and intriguing options
available to owners who choose to personalise their cars
from this collection.
The denim-trimmed Ferrari California is a good example
of what the collection offers: pale blue leather alternates
with denim trim in certain areas of the cabin and seats as
well, as on the door panels and lower part of the dash. The
areas of the cabin normally trimmed in aluminium are
now dark blue carbon-fibre. The car sports a Blu Scozia
livery, a historic Ferrari colour here given an all-newmatt
finish. The wheel rims are unusual, too, as their external
surface is dark blue while the inside is pale blue, in a nod
to the contrast seen in the cockpit.
From the point of view of styling, the Tailor-Made
Personalisation Programme By Ferrari really does push
the boundaries, continuing in the pioneering spirit that
the Ferrari brand has always been known for. The
sumptuous brand continues to set new benchmarks in the
automotive sector.