• Jul 1, 2010

Hey brother, can you spare a chin? Clapton in the Ferrari paddock with Michael Schumacher

When you've recorded as many platinum records, collaborated with as many big names and topped as many best-guitarists-of-all-time lists as Eric Clapton, you can get pretty much anything you want. And the ironically nicknamed Slowhand is known to have a taste for Ferraris. So much so that when he stopped by the factory in Maranello, even Ferrari couldn't pass up the opportunity to interview him.

Neither could Quattroruote, for that matter. While speaking with the Italian car-mag, Clapton reportedly professed his love for the new 458 Italia... with just one caveat: He's not such a fan of eight cylinders. Could he get it with V12?

According to Quattroruote, apparently he can, as Ferrari has reportedly agreed to build it for him, with the 6.0-liter V12 from the 599 GTB Fiorano. We'll believe it when we see it, which is pretty much exactly what we said the first time we heard the guitar riff on Layla.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      dear lord! take that V12 Vantage! Awesome!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would like to see this car, wonder if it will be 6 speed stick or auto still.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It would be great if Clapton also asks for a 6 speed MANUAL with that V12!
        • 4 Years Ago
        ...and drum brakes!
        • 4 Years Ago
        and a kegerator built into the trunk!
        • 4 Years Ago
        And die in a ball of fire.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes Ferrari, make me one too. I'll pay using my hypothetical money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wonder what he'll do with the merc cyclone ?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds like a great idea.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Man, that V12 sound is pure sex.

        As to the double chin comment: I don't know. Some probably took no offense to it. I did. I'm a Clapton fan, and respect his body of work. He's alive and won battles against addiction, where others have died, ( and stopped writing music ).

        He is aging gracefully. Respect that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Stick to music, Eric! V12s are nice, but nothing sounds quite as sweet as a V8, even in a Ferrari. You want a 12-pot? Get a Scaglietti or 599.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're both wrong. Behold; the voice of god:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1InrgZiv30
        • 4 Years Ago
        Proper Ferrari's have a V12, not to say V8 Ferrari's aren't any good, some are great.
        The sound of an F1 V12 will restore your faith in them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        High strung V10s sound better, IMO. But to each his own.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It will be interesting to see if Slowhand gets it imported into the US. Without crashtesting on the specific model with the V12 engine it can't be licensed.

        That being said, Obama should simply issue an Executive Order legalizing the one-off car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Stick to your chevys... 220v.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm going to go ahead and say you are all wrong, even you trustedcarsalesman.

        Behold the 1934 Auto Union Type A and all of its V16 wizardry!

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Auto_Union_Type_A_%281934%29.ogg

        A V16 engine is perfectly balanced regardless of the V angle without requiring counter-rotating balancing shafts.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A V10, Franz? are you kidding?

        A V12 has perfect primary and secondary balance, and an even firing order. A properly modest displacement with low rotating mass sings like it's in an Opera.

        Although I wouldn't put it in a 458... maybe a 430, though. It would look more cohesive than an Enzo. Enzo is brutal, but it, as well as the 458, they look like they were designed not to fit together smoothly.

        A 6 liter V12 in a 430 or 430 Scuderia body would be a helluva thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I see Franz's point. I personally like the "imbalance" of a V10, so to speak.
        But that F1 V12. Christ almighty.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Obviously you've never heard a v12 ferrari at full chat otherwise you wont make ridiculous comments such as v8 sounds better BS.
        Ferrari always reserved their V12 for their BEST car which is why you dont see v12 ferrari car costing less than 1/4million bucks. Clapton know his cars (or specifically his ferraris) ferraris dont bent backwards for anybody and i guess they too realised that the best guitarist in the world (arguably) deserve the best sounding engine in the world.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder what will ferrari name the car, the 612 italia? because we all know 458 stand for 4.5 liter, V8. Or will it be 499?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The man deserves whatever he wants in the back of his 458.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can vaguely remember looking at one his albums years ago (an LP), that had as a part of its design personal snapshots inside the cover (maybe it was a double album?). One of the snapshots was of a wrecked car (I can't remember now whether it was a Lotus or a Ferrari). I knew right then that he was a gearhead.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too things I PERSONALLY don't like in life... Flashy new Ferraris and Eric Clapton... I guess if I was given a choice over that I would settle for a Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet and a REM 'Fables of the Reconstruction' Cassette tape.... With the later, you get as much attention, but more smiles....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ferrari's V8 doesn't sound like a typical V8, so maybe that's why Clapton doesn't like the V8 in the Italia?

      Besides, quite a few V8s these days are being tuned for refinement and are losing their edge, whilst the V12 seems to be a little harder to tame.

      I weep for the loss of the raucous straight-6 myself. Even with a scant 150bhp, an E36 320i I had used to make people turn around if you floored it.
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