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 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-fibreextensively.
From the initial sketches to the final, road-legal car took just 14 months.
(Car Body Design's news)