The new Ferrari Omologata is a one-off creation from Flavio Mazoni’s team at Centro Stile, designed and coach-built for an unnamed European collector. It marks just the tenth time Maranello has agreed to create a front-engined V12 one-off, and the first time they’ve done so since 2009’s P540 Superfast Aperta, commissioned by Edward Walson.
According to Ferrari’s communications maestros, who always bring a flair for the dramatic, the end result of the two-year-long Omologata project “exudes a unique blend of racing heritage, sci-fi inspirations and striking proportions.” It’s striking indeed, so let’s dig in, shall we?
Omologata is Italian for “homologated,” a term used by the Federation Internationale d'Automobile (FIA) to convey that a vehicle is approved for racing. The car’s naming strategy ties directly to its design inspiration – specifically, Ferrari’s seven decades of success in the world of GT racing.
The mission for Manzoni’s team was to create a car that’s both a formidable gentleman racer and comfortable enough to enjoy on public roads, with a dash of sci-fi futurism and bold architectural forms. This really is a design sweet spot for Manzoni, a trained architect and master of blending classic Ferrari forms with futuristic ideas (the Monza being just one example).
At first glance, it’s obvious that the Omologata is based on the 812 Superfast, but the only bodywork left unchanged are the headlights and windscreen. Every other element has been customized in some way. The new bodywork includes muscular bulges around the wheel wells reminiscent of the F12tdf and 288 GTO, a slatted fastback windscreen like the one found on another special project – 2018’s striking SP38 Deborah – and a number of discreet aspiration openings along the hood and flanks designed to feed air into the massive, mid-front V12.
The front volume tapers into a tighter opening on the front grill than you find on the original 812, and actually invokes Ferraris of yesteryear, like the 250 GTO and 275 GTB/4. The effect is that from the front, the Omologata gives off a more classic vibe than most modern supercars, with their exaggerated diffusers (looking at you, McLaren Senna).
The back of the car features two single taillights set into deep, cavernous recesses and an integrated spoiler that creates downforce and looks sporty without being overbearing (still looking at you, Senna). The entire car is finished in a unique, deep red called Rosso Magma and marked with #7 racing livery. The interior features electric blue seats crafted from a combination of leather and Jeans Aunde® fabric (a soft, suede-like fabric similar to Alcantara), with 4-point harnesses for an authentic racing feel.
While interior images had yet to be released at the time of writing, Ferrari says that metal parts on the dash and steering wheel are finished with a crackled paint effect evocative of 1950s and 60s GT racer interiors, as well as a hammered paint effect on the interior door handles and F1 bridge. All of these design decisions conspire to create a modern homage to the golden age of road racing without, as Ferrari makes explicitly clear, “falling into nostalgia.”
Whether we get to see the Ferrari Omologata on the streets or tracks of Europe anytime soon is anyone’s guess, but if the opportunity arises, you can be sure that ROSSOautomobili will be there.
Written by Christian Cipriani.
The grill is to die for.
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