The Japanese designer Ken Okuyama worked on the Ferrari Rossa project. He was at that time Pininfarina’s chief designer, responsible for projects such as the Ferrari Enzo (the fastest car in the world for its time), Maserati Quattroporte and Maserati Birdcage, the futuristic concept.
Now, the 57 years old Japanese has its own workshop in Japan, called Ken Okuyama Design, through which he materializes his ideas.
After 16 years since the Ferrari Rossa concept’s disclosure, emerges the kode57 project, presented at “The Quail, A Motorsport Gathering”. It repeats the Rossa concept in the smallest details, such as the proportions, with a long hood and a short rear. Also, we find the “barchetta” bodywork type and extremely small but stylish windows, airy front wings, and stylish bumpers placed behind the two seats.
However, the front part received a new design inspired by the Ferrari Enzo, while the back comes with a similar look to the Aston Martin V12 Vantage Zagato.
Being based on the Ferrari 599 GTB model, this version also has a V12 engine with a displacement of 6.0 liters, amended by the German tuner Novitec Rosso. Most likely, the engine is left naturally aspirated, so this version can deliver at least 660 horsepower.
The Germans also offers bi-compressor kits which raises power to 848 hp, but its retrieval here is excluded because the kode57 celebrates 1957 when the most legendary sports cars in the world with naturally aspirated engines were born. With a frame made of carbon fiber kode57 weighs only 1,633 kg.
The 20-inch rims on the front axle and 21-inch on the rear axle are also delivered by the people from Novitec Rosso and control elements in the interior, such as the steering wheel, buttons and dials were taken from the Ferrari 599 GTB. The Kode57’s price is 2.5 million dollars, but this model is already sold.
One of the greatest contemporary boxers, Floyd Mayweather, recently retired and known for his materials eccentricities, is the first customer of the new Kode57 supercar.
Regarding Floyd Mayweather, the boxer had heard of the legendary Ken Okuyama project 6 years ago. Also since then he tried to be the first to get his hands on the new model made by the one who was tasked to create the Ferrari Enzo model. It seems he succeeded, with the help of a financial investment of just 2.5 million dollars.
Even if it looks very much like another Ferrari, the new Kode57 delighted Mayweather. Ken Okuyama’s design is inspired by racing cars of the 50s and 60s, especially models like the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa and Jaguar XKSS.
Ken Okuyama’s Kode57 will be put together mainly by hand in Yamagata, Japan.