The 575M Maranello has a trunk space of 184 litres, perfect for some good old Christmas shopping. It’s also pretty fast which makes it ideal to get the present where they belong the quick way.
This mean, low-mileage 575M was bought in May 2003 by a Japanese client. He ordered the car at the Ferrari Tailor Made department in black with yellow details. He seemed to like consistency as every small part is painted yellow: the calipers, the hubcaps, the Pininfarina logo and even the stitching on the inside. All books are available and are included when you purchase the car from Real Art on Wheels. Only 17.000 kilometres were driven with the car.
The 575M was first introduced at the Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) back in 2002. Its sort of predecessor, the 550 Maranello, is a reincarnation of the 1974 365 GTB/4 Daytona. Ferrari was clearly focused on mid-engine cars in the 1980s and 1990s. The front-V12 setup goes back to the early days when Enzo revealed his first car, the 125S, at the Piacenza Racing Circuit in 1947. The massive 5.7L V12 revs up to 7,250 rpm and produces 508 bhp. When the engine is warm enough it creates an addictive sound partly comparable with the old F1 engines. To make sure the car keeps stable while dealing with speeds around the 320 km/h (200 mph) mark, Ferrari spent hours in the wind tunnel to create perfect aerodynamics.
It seemed like a great idea to end this amazing year with a Christmas related shoot. I met up with Bodie Hage and the 575M in Alphen a/d Rijn, the Netherlands. We drove to the center of the city because we were looking for a Christmas tree. The only thing we found there were some drunk teenagers hanging out at a McDonald’s, people that got overly excited when they saw the car and not even a Christmas tree. We departed and searched for an actual Christmas tree and found it in a garden. Bodie parked the car, without any shame, on the sidewalk in front of the house and I was able to take some pictures. It didn’t really turned out the way we hoped, so we drove to the next location: an underground parking garage. We stalled out the presents and the Race Track Art Pista di Fiorano art pieces to create a Christmas atmosphere. According to the pictures this proved to be a perfect decision, these are for sure in my list of favorite shots I took this year!