Like most of us, Cheerag Arya collects things as a hobby. While we focus on more attainable pursuits like 1:18 scale car models, single-purpose automotive tools or used beer coasters, Arya finds himself in the enviable position of collecting actual Ferraris.
He can trace his passion for the brand back to a picture of a Ferrari F40 in a magazine, and purchased a 575M Maranello as his very first Ferrari. Today, his collection includes an F40; an F430 Scuderia; an Enzo; a Daytona; a 599 GTO; a 599XX and an SA Aperta.
Arya soon realized that the 599 series could form the basis of his dream Ferrari, so the 32-year-old petrochemical company head approached Ferrari’s Special Projects group about building a one-off model based on the 599 GTO.
His custom creation, the Ferrari SP Arya, will be the fifth car from Ferrari’s custom engineering group, joining the likes of Eric Clapton’s SP12 EC, the SP1, the P540 Superfast Aperta and the Superamerica 45.
GT Spirit, quoting a March 2012 article in The Official Ferrari Magazine, points out that the design process behind the SP Arya was a lengthy one. In all, some 12 concept sketches were given to Arya for approval, and the final design incorporates elements from all dozen sketches.
A clay model has been approved, so the car is currently under development in Maranello. Delivery is expected to take place in early 2013, though don’t be surprised if you don’t hear about it.
Calling his one-off Ferrari “a personal thing,” Arya plans on keeping it in Dubai (the emirate he calls home), or in Europe for extended summer visits. Aside from the occasional spy shot or smartphone video, we doubt we’ll ever see footage of Arya’s one-of-one Ferrari in the wild.