Northern Ireland man buys LaFerrari Aperta for a cool £1.6m
A businessman has just taken delivery of one of the most expensive cars ever sold in Northern Ireland - the exclusive new LaFerrari Aperta - for £1.63m.
Just 150 of the sleek new sports cars have been built and sold by invitation-only to Ferrari's best customers worldwide - one of which is now cruising the roads of Northern Ireland.
Belfast dealer Charles Hurst was thrilled to have the chance to hand over the gleaming limited edition sports car which was unveiled for the first time at the Paris Motor Show in September.
The lucky new owner, Philip Shields, is a local businessman who proudly boasts the largest collection of Ferraris in Ireland with the new Aperta bringing his total to 15.
He took delivery of his special new wheels - in Rosso Corsa red and Nero black with a grey pinstripe - four days ago on the same day as fellow Ferrari collector, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.
The Aperta is the convertible version of the LaFerrari - 'aperta' means open in Italian - and was rumoured to cost around £3m as Ferrari kept the cost as well as its spec under wraps.
The car has a combined power output of just over 960bhp and incorporates the highest levels of Ferrari's technology from their F1 team to their road cars to create one of the most iconic and important supercars.
It has a top speed of 217mph, while 0-60mph takes less than three seconds.
Mr Shields also picked up the second most expensive car sold by Charles Hurst when he paid £1.2 million for another Ferrari two years ago.
For this latest car, Ferrari challenged its designers to minimise drag and make it as aerodynamic as the coupe - even when the roof was off.
To achieve this, minor revisions were made to alter air flow, such as changing the angle of the engine radiators, fitting new air ducts in the front bumper and placing L-shaped flaps above the windscreen.
An angled wind-stop fixed to the parcel shelf ensures that any turbulence that would otherwise enter the cabin is instead channelled away through spaces in the car's interior.
This was designed to keep occupants comfortable and means they can hold conversations at normal volume, even at speed.
The team at Charles Hurst says it feels very privileged to have a client whose passion and long-standing loyalty to Ferrari has put him in the position to be invited to purchase such an exclusive vehicle.
Rory Mackin of Charles Hurst Ferrari says: "With just 150 of these incredible cars made worldwide, it's the holy grail for any Ferrari driver to possess this vehicle.
"This purchase puts our client at the top table of the iconic Ferrari brand, recognising his passion for the unrivalled expertise, cutting edge technology and prestige that is synonymous with these cars.
"Charles Hurst are very privileged to have a client whose long-standing loyalty to Ferrari has put him in the position to be invited to purchase this limited edition special series model, putting him in an elite bracket of global supercar owners."
He added: "It's fantastic that it is staying here in Northern Ireland, and we are delighted to have been part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience."