Ferrari's second Portfolio Programme car is based upon the 599 GTB Fiorano F1 and is given the coachbuild treatment by Pininfarina. Starting point for the open top makeover was the 'Golden Roadster' built in 1968 by Carrozzeria Fantuzzi. Like that car, this one too, will only appear as a one-off, but this time named 'Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta'. 'Aperta' is Italian for 'open'.
American Edward Walson - heir of the man who invented cable television - commissioned this remake of the 'Golden Ferrari'. In line with his father's money making profession, Walson junior got the idea when he saw the 1968 cult flick 'Histoires Extraordinaires' in which the Fantuzzi Ferrari was given a supporting role. "I had always dreamed of designing sports cars, and when I saw this film the decision came of its own accord: one day I would have 'my' Ferrari", says Walson, who took delivery of the car at Fiorano track in Maranello.
Based upon a standard 599 GTB coupe, the P540 Superfast Aperta's chassis construction is strengthened to maintain rigidity after the top removal. According to the official information the increase in weight was kept down to 20 kilograms 'by employing carbon-fibre extensively', meaning the kerb weight of the roadster is 1.710 kg. Wheelbase and track both front and rear remain untouched, while the car's body is slightly longer and lower then its 599 GTB base.
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