Back in the summer of 2010, Eric Clapton stopped by the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy, with one request: could they build him a 458 Italia with a V12? Nearly two years later, this is what resulted.

Reportedly called the SP12 EPC (bearing the initials of the famous rock guitarist), the one-off product of the Ferrari Special Projects division first surfaced with a few photos the other day, but now we've got video footage of the car moving under its own power away from a London dealership – presumably en route for delivery at the multiple Grammy Award winner's home.

With styling cues borrowed from the 512 BB – an early mid-engined Ferrari that was never officially homologated for sale in the United States – the SP12 EPC is said to be based on the 458 Italia. Which isn't a bad place to start. The big question on everyone's mind, however, is what resides under the hood? Did Ferrari manage to shoehorn in the twelve-pot as hoped, or did it stick with the 4.5-liter V8 in the donor car? Hard to say, but sources point towards the latter.

Follow the jump to watch the blurry, shaky footage and listen to the custom creation rumbling, and share your thoughts – eight cylinders or twelve – in the Comments section below.



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      Muttons
      • 2 Years Ago
      The back end of that thing is sweet. Very retro Ferrari and not the mish mash of modern Ferraris like the California.
      over9000
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyone want to guess how much this will worth in 30 years?
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      they could never keep that wheelbase and have a V12 back there. this is just a stupid "question"
      Sixspeed
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lol @ the fact that in the original YouTube video it says that this car is a v8. Still very awesome/Beautiful!
      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the c-pillar design and hood, but the black rear bumper looks like it needs some more body-colored trim. Too much black. looks cheap, even on a ferrari.
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnb
        That's because it looks just like a 512 BB... which isn't a very good looking car, IMO.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Ron
        • 2 Years Ago
        I personally would like to say thanks to all the tree huggers for using less gas, so I can use more. :)
        David Donovan
        • 2 Years Ago
        I don't even know where to begin with this
        Pininfarina
        • 2 Years Ago
        Quick, somebody toss Dan in a pool of burning gasoline.... in Polar cap.
        Blake
        • 2 Years Ago
        You're the kind of ass that makes people like me look bad by association. What are you even doing on a car blog?
        Jarda
        • 2 Years Ago
        "U.S. Cooling, Not Warming, Over Past Decade, Govt. Data Shows" http://goo.gl/5sha1 "RSS: temperature trend in the last 15 years is negative" http://goo.gl/iKAza
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        He's paying to have a Ferrari that no one else has. When you have that kind of money, why would you want to drive what any other rich person can buy? Might as well put your own personal touch on it.
        JayP
        • 2 Years Ago
        Not a body kit- handformed panels and it doesn't look like any panel was left untouched. Who know how many man-hours are in this thing. I was all over this until I saw the rear end... the black on the sides I can see but that rear end?? But it look wayyy better than a lot of cars celebs want to mess with.
      regionrat
      • 2 Years Ago
      How the heck can he still have this much money? Doesn't he barely tour? He sure as heck isn't selling a ton of records anymore. And pretty much anyone who made their money in the 60s and 70s had sent it all up their nose by the 80s.
        Fixitfixitstop
        • 2 Years Ago
        @regionrat
        Both you and lorenzo: Clapton gets royalties from radio airplay. He doesn't NEED to tour and make records, and the records he does sell likely pay him a higher royalty percentage than most new artists.
      monoik
      • 2 Years Ago
      It sounds like a very expensive lawnmower.
      peakarach1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those black and red paint look UGLY.
      Cliff Davis
      • 2 Years Ago
      of course its a 12 hence the model designation LoL
      • 2 Years Ago
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