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Ferrari has built a one-off special edition model for Eric Clapton, the rock legend whose hits include Layla, Tears in Heaven and Wonderful Tonight. Designed by the Centro Stile Ferrari in collaboration with Pininfarina and Ferrari's engineers in Maranello, the SP12 EC (SP for "Special Project" and EC for "Eric Clapton") is described in a press release issued by Ferrari as being "created as homage to Clapton's career and his long lasting experience as a Ferrari owner". The car is based on the 458 Italia but features styling cues from Clapton's favourite Ferrari model, the 512 BB of the 1970s, of which he has owned three over the years. The engine is the 458's 4.5-litre V8 rather than a flat-12 as in the 512 BB. Classic 512 BB styling touches on the SP12 EC's hand-built body include a larger air intake at the front of the car, grey slats on the front boot lid and a two-tone red and black paint scheme. The car is part of Ferrari's One-Off Programme, which was set up in 2007 to create unique models following demand from customers. Cars built by the One-Off Programme must be based on an existing Ferrari platform, with customers also receiving the tooling used to make the car, thus ensuring that it will remain unique.more
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