Vijay Pattni27 November 2013

It’s the 458 ‘Niki Lauda’ edition!

One-off special celebrates triple-world champ’s Ferrari heyday. TG petitions for ‘Mansell edition’

This is the Ferrari 458 ‘Niki Lauda' edition. It has been commissioned by a Ferrari owner keen to relive the Scuderia's 1970s F1 golden age and, more specifically, the man that brought them two drivers' championships.

Niki Lauda. Yes, the former Ferrari driver has been honoured in this one-off Ferrari 458 Italia for an unnamed owner, sent to the company's special Tailor Made personalisation programme and returned with a white roof featuring the Italian flag, a set of gold rims, and Italian colours appearing on the seats and central tunnel.

That's about it, which means no more power on the standard car's 570bhp 4.5-litre V8. Still, with 390lb ft of torque, a 0-62mph time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 202mph, that should be plenty.

"The owner of this two seater berlinetta," says Ferrari, "wanted to make it unique by paying tribute to one of the happiest and most productive eras in the history of the Scuderia."

Which other Ferrari F1 drivers would you like to see immortalised in a 458 Italia? Yes, you're thinking what we're thinking, aren't you? The ‘Nigel Mansell' 458. He may not have won any championships with the Scuderia and played second fiddle to Prost, but just imagine that ‘tache up front...

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