Love & War: Ferrari 458 Italia Camouflage Edition By Lapo Elkann
Fiat heir and possible future Ferrari boss Lapo Elkann is into camouflage these days, which one might think would conflict with his passion for all things Prancing Horse. Think again: Elkann's military makeover of a box-stock Ferrari 458 Italia – complete with chromed peace sign – would win any fashion war in a heartbeat.
The Ferrari 458 Italia made its debut in 2009, having replaced the Ferrari 430 after the latter's successful five-year production run.
Available in two distinct 2-seat body styles (enclosed Berlinetta or open-topped Spider), the 458 follows traditional Ferrari design precepts with a rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout and a fuel-injected 4.5-litre (270 cu in) V8 putting out 562 HP directed via a 7-speed dual-clutch GETRAG gearbox.
On September 15th, 2009, the world got its first look at the Ferrari 458 at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show... naturally, the display car was finished in fiery Ferrari Rosso Corsa.
Even the 458's more notable special editions such as the 20th anniversary limited edition celebrating Ferrari's official arrival in China and the 2013 Pininfarina Sergio edition wore red paint. Breaking that tradition takes both guts and clout, qualities found in abundance in Lapo Elkann.
Elkann currently wears several hats as the Director of Brand Promotion for Group Fiat, the Founding Partner of LA Holding, and the president of both Italia Independent and Independent Ideas.
He's also the grandson of the late Fiat chairman Gianni Agnelli, the brother of current Fiat chairman John Elkann, and is one of the world's most well-connected people. If he wants his Ferrari painted a non-traditional hue, then he'll get what he wants and he'll get it NOW.
Which brings us back to the unique, one-off Ferrari 458 Italia commissioned and owned by Lapo Elkann. A standard camo wrap wasn't enough for Elkann – it's been done before.
This particular 458 takes the military theme much further, adding camouflage accents to the leather interior including the door panels, seats and steering wheel.
Additional camo can be found in wholly unexpected areas: the brakes and the engine! The finishing touch is the chromed peace sign Elkann directed be affixed to his 458's driver's-side front fender. When you're Lapo Elkann you can make love AND war, and this Ferrari is just what's required when you're out cruising for both. (via Auto.it, images via fry_theonly)