Ferrari coachbuilder Sergio Scaglietti passes away

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 23, 2011

The death of iconic Ferrari coachbuilder Sergio Scaglietti was met by much sadness. Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo said that Scaglietti leaves behind a legacy of an artist who had created some of Ferrari’s most beautiful cars. He added with Scaglietti’s passing, they “lost a friend, a travel companion, a man who had his name forever connected to the Prancing Horse.”

Scaglietti created models like the Ferrari California, the 250 Testa Rossa, the 250 GTO and the 750 Monza.

When he built cars, he always said that he made them using his hands and his eyes. The friendship between Enzo and Sergio started with their collaboration on the Carrozzeria Scaglietti and the Scuderia Ferrari.

Piero Ferrari shared that Scaglietti was one of the best friends of his father. Piero also talked about Scaglietti being with him on the day that his father died.

He said, “I loved him and he was a very important part of my life. My life will be emptier without Sergio.” For numerous years, the Carrozzeria Scaglietti was an integral part of Ferrari. Chairman Montezemolo wanted to underline the company’s unique relationship with Scaglietti by dedicating the 612, the 2+2 seater Berlinetta, to him.

The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti boasts a perfect combination of excellent onboard comfort and sporty Ferrari berlinetta performance. This new Ferrari model is a great replacement for the Ferrari 456M with its roomy four-passenger interior and significantly larger dimensions, a range of unyielding design solutions, and weight that is 60 kg lower.

Ferrari used an advanced, all-aluminium space frame chassis and bodywork on the Ferrari 12-cylinder for the very first time. The carmaker built this entirely at its Scaglietti light-alloy technologies facility. As a result, there is a 60 percent increase in the rigidity-weight ratio or in the overall structural rigidity. The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti’s aluminium construction also means maximum occupant protection in the event of a collision or crash, as well as improved handling and more comfort.

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti also features a mid-front layout, with its engine set behind its front axle, and its gearbox and differential in unit situated at the rear, ensuring that the center of gravity is kept as low and as far back as possible. This improves the car’s overall dynamics, including its performance (0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds), its stability, and its braking efficiency. It also delivers nimbler handling.

Additionally, the car’s excellent weight distribution, which is 46% at the front and 54% at the rear, is enhanced by a performance-oriented handling set-up with active damping and the special CST stability and traction control system, used here for the very first time on a Ferrari.

A 65° V12 engine has a 5748 cc displacement (rounded off to 6 liters) in the 612 model designation. The V12 is actually a representation of the very best of Ferrari engine design, thanks to the improved fluid dynamic characteristics of intake and exhaust manifolds, thus generating an impressive 540 bhp at 7250 rpm. The six-speed mechanical gearbox is available with a manual and a new generation electro-hydraulic set-up – the F1A – which is designed to combine comfortable automatic use and fast manual gear shifting.

The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti is designed by Pininfarina to epitomize sleek dynamism. It features distinct scalloped sides that are reminiscent of the famous 375 MM bodied made by Rosellini’s coachbuilder from Turin.

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