One-off Ferrari Omologata revealed after being spotted on test track

Car is being constructed for ‘discerning European client,’ automaker says

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One-of-a-kind Ferrari Omologata was spotted on automaker's test track, and news release and photos followed soon thereafter | Ferrari photos

A one-of-a-kind Ferrari has been spotted lapping the company’s Fiorano test track, and Ferrari has released images of the car. The car, in Rosso Magma colors and with racing livery, is the Ferrari Omologata that was commissioned, Ferrari said, “by a discerning European client.”

The car is the 10th coachbuilt and V12-powered one-off by the company, Ferrari said, adding that such are “a vibrant evocation of the values that define Ferrari in relation to GT racing: a car that is equally at ease on the road as it is hitting the apex on the track in the hands of a true gentleman driver.”

Ferrari has been working for more than two years on the Omologata, from initial sketches “that covered a variety of inspirations, from racing heritage to sci-fi and references to modern architecture,” as it sought to “create a futuristic design with distinctive elements reinterpreted in a fresh manner to provide potential for a timeless shape that is certain to leave a lasting impression.”

The car is based on the 812 Superfast, though only the windshield and headlamps are retained in the Omologata’s coachwork. 

“The objective was to exploit the proportions of the potent, mid-front layout to deliver a very sleek design defined by smooth volumes and undulating reflections, uplifted by sharp graphics with sparingly distilled surface breaks wherever dictated by aerodynamic functions,” Ferrari said. 

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“The trickiest aspect was striking the ideal balance between expressiveness and restraint: the Omologata had to ooze street presence whilst maintaining a very pure formal language.”

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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