Just a year after Sergio Pininfarina, the head of the famed Italian design studio, passed away. Ferrari SpA, the renowned Italian supercar marque, came up a new concept as a tribute to him back at the 2013 Geneva motor show. Nowthough,much thanks to the positive response garnered at the motor show, it has been decided that units of the Ferrari Sergio will be made, with none of the six models being exactly like each other. These cars will be tailor made to the owner’s preferences and the model will be produced at Ferrari’s plant at Maranello. However, the final touch to these cars will be given by the folks at Pininfarina in Italy.
The first of the six units of the Ferrari Sergio was recently unveiled at Abu Dhabi. It is worth mentioning that the new Ferrari Sergio builds up on the 458 Spider. The car is powered by Ferrari’s 4.5-litre V8 engine that belts out a maximum power of 597 bhp. Thanks to such a high power output the new model is capable of hitting 100 kmph from zero in 3.0 secs flat! It maybe noted that this is the same engine that can be found under the hood of the Ferrari 458 Speciale.
As we said earlier, the new model is based on the 458 Spider and hence, the car retains many of the components that can be seen on the donor model. Even on the inside, the car looks much like the 458 Spider and uses almost the same upholstery and other panels. Even the car’s wheelbase and the track is unchanged. However, the Ferrari Sergio boasts of a stiffer body and is also about 100kgs lighter.
Talking about the new model, Fabio Filippini, Pininfarina’s chief designer, has said, “We asked Ferrari before even drawing the car, if we could do it and Luca di Montezemolo said we had all of his support. We decided it should be a mid-engined Ferrari because the first Sergio Ferrari was the Dino Berlinetta Speciale, the ancestor of all mid-engined Ferraris.”