Father of the Ferrari Enzo, Ken Okuyama presents the kode57 at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance

The Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance was not the debut stage only for the Lamborghini Centenario Roadster or for the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante. If you have never heard of Ken Okuyama, he is the father of nothing less than the Ferrari Enzo. Although it had a controversial design, of the kind “love it or hate it”, Okuyama build a reputation for having done it and other beauties, such as the Maserati Quattroporte, while he worked for Pininfarina. So much so that he is now the only carrozziere in Japan, having created cars such as the kode7 and the kode9. His most recent creation has been presented at the Californian event and it is named kode57. Check its video below.

The kode57 is an homage to 1957, year in which a lot of iconic cars have first appeared. Only 5 units of the kode57 will be built. “Prices will depend on the specifications”, says Shinichi Ekko, from Ken Okuyama Design.

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A Ferrari V12 under the hood

The car is powered by a V12 engine that “is made in Italy”, according to Ekko. It could be either made by Lamborghini or by Ferrari, but we believed Ferrari was the supplier for 2 reasons. First, because of the connections Okuyama must have with the Italian manufacturer after designing one of its most important cars. Second, and most important, because the engine is adjusted to the owner’s preferences by Novitec Rosso, a German company that is specialized in tuning Ferrari models.

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When Ken Okuyama Design sent us the technical specifications, the company confirmed our guesses. The kode57 could be powered by the 6.3 F140 engine that also powers the F12 Berlinetta, the FF and the F12tdf. But the company has informed us it is in fact a 6.0 engine that produces 456 kW at 7,600 rpm and 608 Nm at 5,600 rpm. That leads us to the F140 C engine that powered the 599 GTB Fiorano. With the Novitec ECU, it produces 509 kW and 641 Nm at the same rotations. The transmission is described as a 6-speed semi-automatic transmission. It is a description that fits perfectly to the F1 Superfast gearbox that the 599 GTB Fiorano used.

The kode57 is 4.65 m long, 2.08 m wide, 1.18 m high and has a 2.75 m wheelbase. Its front track is 1.77 m, while the rear track it 1.72 m. Gross weight is 1,650 kg. The suspensions are double wishbones front and rear and the ventilated carbon brakes use 6-piston calipers in the front axle and 4-piston calipers at the rear.

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The engine is placed right behind the front axle, what makes the kode57 a front mid-engine rear-wheel drive car. Its structure uses an aluminum space frame, while its body is composed by carbon fiber body panels. All for the sake of the lowest possible weight. With Pirelli P-Zero 295/25 ZR21 tires at the front axle and 335/25 ZR22 tires at the rear axle, the kode57 has a mechanism developed by Novitec Rosso that adjusts the front ride height in 45 mm, to avoid ruining the front of the car in ramps and speed bumps, for example.

The unit presented at Pebble Beach is one of the 5 that will be produced. It was probably already delivered to its owner. And we would bet it is one of the many car collectors that have visited the most important classic car event in the world.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.