Thursday, 16 February 2012 1:11 PM
They say you can’t improve on perfection. We’re not sure who they are but Alex Prindiville definitely isn’t one of them.
In 1958 Ferrucio Lamborghini bought his first Ferrari. He liked it but considered it too noisy and rough so in 1963 he decided to move away from building tractors and start making cars more in line with his idea of a grand tourer – the result was the Miura, the world’s first supercar.
50 years, a Countach, Diablo and Murcielago later the Italian manufacturer unveiled the Aventador, a 6.5-litre V12, 700bhp, 217mph, road-legal explosion of stunningly gorgeous automotive perfection.
And that’s where Mr Prindiville comes in. The London-based specialists have created a personalised design programme for the Aventador utilising the best of British craftsmen to replace the standard body panels with aircraft-grade carbon fibre that reduce the weight of the car by a massive 65% and are tailored to create a unique car to fit the requirements of the client.
As well as the body panels, Prindiville Design have also engineered a titanium exhaust system – 80% lighter than the original – and uprated electronics and induction systems which boost the power and make the most of the weight reduction. They’ve also upgraded the brakes and suspension too.
Inside, the world is pretty much your oyster. The interior trim includes a wide range of leather and other upholstery materials in a range of colours. They also offer exclusive “jewellery packs” which replace standard trim with crafted and polished milled aluminium. It seems to be a case of, whatever the client wants the client gets.
We know we’ll never drive one of Prindiville’s creations but that’s ok, it’s enough just knowing that a thing of such beauty exists.
And the price? Well we started with a cliché so we may as well end with one too – like the Ferrari California, if you have to ask you can’t afford it.
By David Young
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