The Kode57 is the latest vehicle to roll out of the eponymous Ken Okuyama Cars out of Japan. You may not know the designer by name, but you’re certainly familiar with his work. The former Pininfarina design boss counts the Ferrari Enzo and Maserati Quattroporte to his credit, not to mention the one-off Pininfarina P4/5 for Jim Glickenhaus.
The Kode57 is a two-seater barchetta the name references the fact that 1957 was something of a watershed year in motor racing, when various legends in the making first appeared. We think the pontoon-fendered Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa could be what he had in mind. You see, Ferrari fans with keen memories might spot something of a resemblance to 2000’s Pininfarina concept car, the Rossa, a connection underlined by the presence of a modified 599 GTB chassis beneath the Kode57’s lines.
The magnificent 6.0-litre V12 has been worked over by German Ferrari tuner Novitec Rosso, the regular car’s 612bhp output now nudging 700bhp, with an accompanying rise in torques. Novitec has also updated the suspension, and the front end can be lifted to avoid an uncool kerb-meets-front diffuser interface. The Kode57 clothes the 599’s innards entirely in carbon fiber body panels, and amongst other styling stand-outs features doors that raise upwards and backwards, and see-through front wings.
The Kode57 costs, in the region of $1.9m and three have already been sold, only one of which is in Japan.