We have all seen photos and videos of the development prototypes of the new models Ferrari. Usually, once the new model is presented, these prototypes are disassembled or continue their work as a mule, testing a certain component.
A few make their way into the brand’s museum, but they almost never make it into the hands of the public. And here’s one for sale. It’s about a Ferrari 458 Italybecause it operated as a mule, hiding in its entrails the hybrid mechanics of the Ferrari LaFerrari.
The Ferrari LaFerrari It was presented at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, one of the hypercars that marked this beginning of the century and one of the members of what was nicknamed the Holy Trinity.
Within five months, the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder went into production, cementing 2013 as a pivotal year for the evolution of hypercars: all three were plug-in hybrids.
After a lifetime of striving to produce the fastest internal combustion engine car, the adoption of electrification changed the game forever. Today, not only is almost the entire Ferrari lineup hybrid, but at some point there will even be an electric Ferrari. Even Porsche is thinking of an electric 911 in the medium term.
It’s more than a prototype, it helped create the LaFerrari
Exclusivity is in the DNA of Ferrari, from its beginnings in which the very Enzo Ferrari could refuse to sell you a car, until the famous phrase of Luca di Montezemolo, successor to Enzo Ferrari, who said they would make as many Ferraris as people wanted except one. The client must have the feeling of taking more than a car, but a very special work only available to the chosen ones.
That is why Ferrari began to offer its LaFerrari development mules for sale once it became clear they were no longer needed for testing. The famous American collector Greg B is one of the few who could get his hands on one of those prototypes.
This unit, sold privately in July 2016, was updated, with a leather interior, and repainted in matt black by Ferrari. Of course, the car is not homologated nor can it be registered. Therefore, its owner cannot use it on the road or be used on public circuits. However, you can use it in private environments.
Equip a 6.3-liter V12derived from the Ferrari FXX, associated with an electric motor and a sistema CHERRY. And curiously, it only has 3,322 km on its odometer. Some parts of its body are cut or rough. The most interesting thing is that the car comes with the metal panels that served as camouflage.
The story is the same inside, with labels affixed by Ferrari test engineers still present inside. Labels in German order eventual passengers not to move the seat due to a fire extinguisher installed behind.
A note in English on the steering wheel warns the driver: “Do not go full throttle!”, due to the presence of catalytic converters. The denomination of the from, “F150 M6”it can even be seen scrawled on the firewall.
The prototype has Ferrari Classiche certification. RM Sotheby’s will be in charge of putting this prototype up for auction in Monaco, on May 14, 2022. These types of cars do not usually go up for auction, it will be curious to see what price it reaches.
Photos | Michael Jurtin. Courtesy of R.M. Sotheby’s
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