This one-off Ferrari Roma has been inspired by Japan

By topgear, 19 May 2022

This one-off Ferrari Roma has been inspired by Japan

Ever wanted a Ferrari in your life, but concerned it’ll lack a Japanese touch? Enter this one-of-a-kind Roma, which takes inspiration from traditional Japanese design, culture and crafts. Right you are.

Let’s start on the exterior – particularly that vivid blue paintjob, which is apparently inspired by indigo dyes popular in Japanese design culture. Looks a lot better than our last attempt at a home tie-dye t-shirt, that’s for sure.

The same shade is also found on the seat trim inserts and carpets, made of sakiori fabric, or recycled kimono fabric. In the case of this Roma, two kimonos from 75 and 45 years ago respectively were used. Vintage.

Other details include the indigo headlining - made using a wax resist dyeing method to form intricate patterns - and the door handles, which are enclosed in tightly hand-woven strips of black leather in homage to tsukami, the ancient art of wrapping the grips of Katana swords.

The eagle-eyed will have also noticed the copper plating detail on the gear selector. That's inspired by a Kyoto-based family business known for its copper tea canisters and the colour is replicated on the Roma's wheels. Brave. Then there's the kamon crest on the centre armrest and door sills, designed to represent the wheel from an ox-drawn carriage, apparently.

Thoughts on the work of Ferrari's Tailor Made department, Internet?

TEXT Peter Rawlins

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