Unique Ferrari 458 Speciale gets new shape and added scoops
Ferrari has shown off the 458 MM Speciale, a special version of the 458 Speciale. The one-off was designed by the Italian marque's in-house Styling Centre. It is built on the chassis and running gear of the 458 Speciale, while having been stylistically and aerodynamically updated to meet the client's sporty requirements.
Ferrari explains that, in terms of aesthetics, the client wanted "extremely sporty lines" and "a 'visor' effect for the glasshouse." As such, there's a revised rake at the rear and front bodywork that closely "hugs" the coolant radiators, which were mounted more steeply than in the original 458 Speciale.
The desired visor effect was achieved by painting the car's A-pillars black. This gives the appearance of the windscreen and side windows merging into one and, Ferrari suggests, makes the roofline appear lower and sleeker.
Aerodynamic updates include that radiator hugging front bodywork, a new side air scoop and side intakes designed to accommodate the new rear shape by letting more air in to cool the engine. A spoiler at the rear is aimed at helping to balance the revised downforce requirements.
Elsewhere, there is new bodywork, handcrafted in aluminum with composite carbon-fiber front and rear bumpers, the car has its own exclusive wheels and there are revised front and rear light clusters. The exterior has a white finish with Italian flag livery, while, inside, there's an updated audio system, upholstery and trim.
The 458 MM Speciale was unveiled at a shakedown on the Fiorano circuit, Ferrari's private testing and development track near Maranello in Italy.