The Austrian driver, 64, contributed to the history of F1 as a racing driver, with three-time championships (1975, 1977 and 1984) and 177 races competed (25 wins, 54 podiums, 24 pole positions). After retiring from competition, he has continued to be involved with the sport as a consultant to multiple teams, as a television commentator, motorsport writer and journalist, and currently as non-executive Chairman of Mercedes AMG.
The Tailor Made 458 Italia honoring him features a classic red paint scheme but with a white roof and the Italian flag going longitudinally across it. The final exterior touch is a set of gold wheels. The colors mimic the livery that featured on Lauda’s Ferrari F1 race car. In those days, Ferrari took three consecutive Constructors’ titles and two Drivers’ titles thanks to the efforts of Lauda.
Niki Lauda's 1974 Ferrari 312 B3 F1 carEnlarge Photo
No changes have been made to the engine, which means output from the 4.5-liter V-8 remains at 562 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. This is enough for 0-60 mph acceleration in less than 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 202 mph.