Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta

Special Cars 15 Dec 2009
Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta

Ferrari has unveiled the P540 Superfast Aperta, a one-off commissioned by Edward Walson and created by the Special Projects program. The car is based on the 599 GTB Fiorano and takes inspiration from a Fantuzzi-bodied model created for a 1968 Fellini film.

Ferrari P540 Superfast ApertaThe P540 Superfast Aperta unveiled by Ferrari at Fiorano is the second special one-off developed by the company’s Special Projects Program, following the SP1 revealed in November 2008.

The P540 was built for American client Edward Walson, son of John Walson, the inventor of cable TV, who approached Ferrari in 2008 to produce a modern reinterpretation of the gold-coloured car featured in Fellini’s “Toby Dammit”, a 40 minute episode from the movie “Histoires Extraordinaires” / “Spirits of the Dead”, released in 1968.

The original car was a special model developed by Carrozzeria Fantuzzi specifically for the film, itself inspired by one of the tales of Edgar Allan Poe.

Ferrari P540 Superfast ApertaIn accordance with the Special Project’s approach to producing such individual one-offs, the P540 Superfast Aperta respects all existing international safety and homologation requirements and is thus road legal.

The car was designed by Pininfarina and built in Maranello, and the client was directly involved in each stage of its development.

As the 599 GTB Fiorano donor car is a coupé, considerable effort went into strengthening the chassis by using finite element analysis in development and the increase in weight was kept down to just 20 kg by employing carbon-fibre extensively.

From the initial sketches to the final, road-legal car took just 14 months.

1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Testa Rossa Spyder The Fantuzzi-bodied Ferrari featured in Fellini's "Toby Dammit"
1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Testa Rossa Spyder
The Fantuzzi-bodied Ferrari featured in Fellini’s “Toby Dammit” Episode from “Spirits of the Dead” movie

Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta – Technical specifications

  • Length 4731 mm
  • Width 1954 mm
  • Height 1300 mm
  • Wheelbase 2750 mm
  • Front track 1690 mm
  • Rear track 1620 mm
  • Engine
    65° V12
  • Displacement 5999 cc
  • Maximum power 456 kW (620 CV) at 7600 rpm
  • Maximum torque 608 Nm (62 kgm) at 5600 rpm
  • Transmission: F1 6-speed gearbox
  • Tyres:
    Front 245/35 20” –
    Rear 305/35 20”
  • Fuel consumption Combined cycle 17.9 l/100 km
  • CO2 emissions:
    Combined cycle 415 g/km


This special car’s colour was inspired by the film “Toby Dammit”, one of the three episodes of the film “Histoires Extraordinaires” made in 1968 based on stories by Edgar Allan Poe.

“Toby Dammit”, the third of the three episodes, directed by Federico Fellini, with Terence Stamp Salvo Randone and Milena Vukotic, based on the story “Never Bet The Devil Your Head”.

The other two episodes, “Metzengerstein” and “William Wilson”, were directed by Roger Vadim and Louis Malle.

(Source: Ferrari)

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