Anderson Germany carbon tunes the Ferrari 458 Italia

November 3rd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Messing with the styling of a Italian supercar is always a risky game to play. But tuning firm Anderson Germany was undaunted when it worked over a Ferrari for its latest creation the Ferrari 458 Italia Carbon Edition special.

Visually the reworked 458 cuts a striking figure with some severe carbon fibre treatment that includes the front splitter, front bumper flaps, wide side skirts, a discrete rear lip spoiler, engine air outlets, rear side window air intake grilles and front bumper ventilation grille. But replacing all those parts with carbon fibre pieces still wasn’t enough so the lightweight material has also been used on the roof, bonnet, door handles and mirrors.

Performance from the Ferrari’s V8 engine has been tweaked to 464kw by reprogrammed software and a replacement exhaust system. Other upgrades include a lowered suspension kit and stealthy 21-inch alloy wheels with low-profile performance tyres.

 

Ferrari unveils Superamerica 45 custom special

May 20th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The Special Projects team are showing off their coachbuilding skills once more with the release of its newest one-off special – the Superamerica 45. The 45 was made-to-measure for New York Billionare and car collector Peter Kalikow to celebrate the 45th anniversary of his first Ferrari purchase back in 1961. This special Ferrari will have its official debut at this weekend’s Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza in Italy.

The Superamerica is based on the Ferrari 599 and was designed, engineered and built in-house. The car is distinguished from the ‘standard’ model by features like a carbon fiber rotating hardtop, as well as a completely redesigned boot cavity to house the roof while it’s dropped down. Other custom touches include brushed aluminum A-pillars, wing mirrors and door handles. Also included in the package is a special chrome front grille. Continue reading “Ferrari unveils Superamerica 45 custom special” »

Rolls-Royce customised Mini ready to roll

November 23rd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Rolls-Royce customised Mini

It was reported recently that Rolls-Royce and Mini would be teaming for a special Rolls-customised version of the iconic car. Apparently the project has just been given the green-light.

If the reports are true it means, BMW as owner of both British marques – has approved the limited run of bespoke Minis.

The special edition Rolls-Royce customised Minis are expected to offer a more luxurious interior, while few modifications to the exterior design or fit-out are expected.

Apparently the special MINIs will be totally individual and that the aim of the project is to create niche vehicles for the new owners.

Bespoke coachbuilt MINIs are not an entirely new concept, with the likes of actor Peter Sellers paying up to four times the car’s sticker price in the 1960s to have custom super-luxury versions built.