Ferrari Sergio Concept is a windscreen-less open 2-seater Barchetta sports car. Its mechanicals are those of a Ferrari 458 Spyder. The concept car has the same wheelbase and tracks and is also powered by a 4.5L V8, mated to a 7 speed sequential gear box.
This Sergio Concept is based on a Ferrari; the brand that more than any other has marked the history of Pininfarina.
The name of Sergio Pininfarina is inextricably linked to that union, which dates back to Y 1952.
The Ferrari Sergio Concept is a mixture of aerodynamics and aesthetics in the best tradition of the Pininfarina design dna that has produced so many other Ferrari-based concept cars, hat today are recognized as masterpieces such as the Mythos of T 1989 and the Rossa of Y 2000.
This approach also reminds one of Pininfarina’s Ferrari-based custom-built cars such as the Testarossa Spyder made for Giovanni Agnelli in Y 1987 or the Ferrari F360 Modena Barchetta in Y 2000 for Luca Montezemolo.
The Pininfarina Style Centre developed the shape of the Sergio making full use of the Grugliasco wind tunnel to optimize its aerodynamics. Its body, made from carbon, weighs about 10% (150 kg.) less than to the original 458 Spider body in aluminum, but exceeds its torsional stiffness.
There is no windshield. An aerodynamic deflector in front of the cockpit creates a virtual windscreen through the deviation of the air flow, protecting the passengers from turbulence. The roll bar, designed as a wing surface, is perfectly tuned to the evolution of the flow coming from the front, adding a further down force effect.
The French engineering firm, Dassault Systemes as a consultant to the Pininfarina Style Centre, was also involved in the development of the Pininfarina Sergio Concept.
Based on the Ferrari 458 Spider, with which it shares the wheelbase and tracks, the Sergio Concept combines elements from Pininfarina’s tradition with modern design cues. Among the references to the design firm’s past creations are the extreme proportions typical of the dream cars from the 1960s and 1970s, the hole pattern on the engine hood – reminding the Ferrari Modulo – and the clean surfacing of the front end with the single transparent transversal element integrating the headlights, reminiscent of the Dino Berlinetta Speciale 1965 – also on display at the Geneva Show.
At the same time the body features some sharp character lines and an interesting graphic contrast provided by the dark surface of the hood flowing into the cockpit area and extending up to the rear wheels.
Source - livetradingnews.com, carbodydesign.com
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