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I found this on supercars.net



March 24th, 2006 - Recently, there has been a ton of commotion surrounding the discovery, by many fans, blogs and magazines, of a specially commisioned Ferrari Enzo being built by Pininfarina. The story is unfolding in a specific thread on Ferrarichat.com where Jim Glickenhaus reveals his dream is coming true, and the recently named 612 P4/5 will be shown to the public on August 20th, at the Pebble Beach Concours.

The story begins in 2005 when Jim purchased a new Enzo and immediately sent the car to Pininfarina. Critical of the original design, Jim requested that Pininfarina rebody his car drawing inspiration from the Ferrari's 330 prototypes of which he owns two magnificent examples. Pininfarina's team, led by Ken Okuyama, responded by saying that they wanted to stay away from retro-designs and move towards a more forward-thinking supercar. No doubt, the two parties have come up with a clever balance between the two goals.

To say that Pininfarnia will simply rebody the Enzo is a massive understatement. What Jim has revealed on the message board is that Pininfarina have and will spend considerable time in the wind tunnel and on the road to ensure the excellent dynamics of the Enzo aren't lost. And, with a scheduled 200 lb weight reduction, the 612 P4/5 will likely be one of the fastest, stylish and usable cars of our time.

Another important aspect of the project is Jim's revival of the custom-built Ferrari. Back when Ferrari was an upcoming supercar manufacturer, preferred clients would order a racing chassis and then have any number of design houses hand craft a custom body around it. This art all but disappeared with the widespread use of unit-body construction in the seventies that sent the cost of making these unique whips through the roof. However, the 612 P4/5, and other, more secret Ferraris developed for the Sultan of Brunei have broke barriers and piqued our interest in the modern supercar.

Now, all we can do is wait and squash the rumors and misinformation which will no doubt propagate. Autoweek's own Matt Davis says they got exclusive access, the price tag is ''at least £2.6million'', and that it will ''perform better than the Enzo''. Only time will tell if Autoweek is true, in the meantime we can all follow the Ferrarichat.com.

Story by Richard Owen for Supercars.net
 

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Very nice lines; reminiscent of the Jag XJ220....and thus a good thing!
 

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interesting. I was hoping that ferrari would revert to the p3 design at some point. I guess some customers were a little too anxious!!
 

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the more interesting part of this is
people are going back to coachbuilders to commision a car they want theirselfs :D
 

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Dj Dirk said:
the more interesting part of this is
people are going back to coachbuilders to commision a car they want theirselfs :D
Hi all,

Does Pininfarina only do coach work, or can they construct a chassis too?
 
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