Nope, Mansory has nothing to do with this. Or does it?
Back in June 2014, Ferrari unveiled the F12 TRS—a one-off special project commissioned by a Ferrari VIP. Based on the F12berlinetta, the car was supposed to be a modern interpretation of the 250 Testa Rossa; that’s what the ‘TR’ in the suffix stands for, while the ‘S’ alludes to the VIP’s name. Yup, we’re talking about the same person who commissioned the Rolls-Royce Sweptail.
Indeed, the folks at Centro Stile Ferrari headed by Flavio Manzoni did a pretty good job with the F12 TRS; the car looks very tasteful. It neither looks too busy nor too bland; the balance is just right. The 6.3-litre naturally aspirated V12 motor pumped out the same 544 kW (740 metric hp) and 690 Nm (509 lb-ft) as its donor car, but as mentioned, the F12 TRS was all about the new bodywork. Ferrari actually built two copies for the same customer, of course.
Photos by Alex Penfold
Fast forward to 2022, and we have this wacky contraption called Veloqx Fangio. The ‘Veloqx’ is the aforementioned VIP’s motorsport team, while the ‘Fangio’ is apparently a homage to late F1 champion Juan Manuel Fangio. Why his name?! I’ve no clue.
As for the car itself, I think it’s quite clear that one of the F12 TRS was sacrificed to create this “Veloqx Fangio”. The owner on his Instagram claims that this is “a result of over 3 years of CFD, wind-tunnel testing and simulations”. You know what else he’s doing on Instagram? He desperately wants you to like his creation, and therefore he’s buying tons of likes for the posts of this Veloqx Fangio. A newly created @veloqxfangio account has over 149k followers for only 7 posts, with the latest post getting over 99,900 likes despite having only 10 comments. Come on Sam, you’re not fooling anyone.
That said, I don’t wanna sound too rude either; I do like those holes on the bonnet which appear to be individual throttle bodies. But I want to know what Ferrari thinks about all of this, or, is Ferrari a partner-in-crime here?