Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Ferrari P4/5

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

An enthusiasm for exotic one-off specials helps to tie Ferrari's contemporary models into a long and distinguished tradition of coachbuilding, exemplary client relations, and just creating beautiful things for the sake of it. If you have the right connections to Maranello, the freedom exists to commission such things, and James Glickenhaus is a man who exploits this relationship to glorious effect. You may have heard of him more recently as the chap behind the SCG 003 (if not, Google it, it's astounding), but this is what he was up to back in 2006: working with Pininfarina to reshape the Enzo in the style of the P Series racers of the 1960s.

Interestingly it was Pininfarina who approached Glickenhaus rather than the other way around, as he's a notable collector of Ferraris and as such is very much in the inner circle - it served to bolster Pininfarina's credentials too and so, four million dollars later, Glickenhaus found himself with a unique and revered Ferrari that instantly became a significant chapter in cavallino rampante history by default. The engine, transmission, suspension and brakes of the Enzo remain, complemented by a wind-tunnel-tested CFRP body that echoes the old 330 P4, 512S and 333 SP. The seats were 3D-modelled to fit Glickenhaus and his son, trimmed in black mesh and red leather chosen by his daughter. Impressively, the P4/5 is 270kg lighter than an Enzo, and it'll accelerate from 0-62mph in three seconds dead, going on to a top whack of 233mph. An exquisite design, then, but one specifically honed to be better, faster, more extreme than even Ferrari themselves envisaged.
When Luca di Montezemolo, then chairman of Ferrari, first saw the P4/5, he wasted no time in proclaiming that it was wholly deserving of being officially badged with the prancing horse, its official name being decided as 'Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina'. That's pretty much the strongest accolade a private collector could wish for.

Spotted at the 2015 FoS - more pics here.

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