Could this be a special version of Ferrari’s much acclaimed LaFerrari? No matter how we look at it, the patent images for this sports car from Ferrari indicate its striking resemblance to the LaFerrari coupe.
Actually, the Italian sports car maker filed in August 2016 to register or patent the design of a sports car with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). While it has been around six months since the application was filed, the images were only recently published on the Web site of the EUIPO. This design was patented by Ferrari S.p.A. and was penned by no other than the carmaker’s chief of design, Flavio Manzoni – the same man responsible for the stunning automotive artwork called the LaFerrari.
While this patented design very much looks like the LaFerrari, there is an array of differences that point out how distinct it is from the actual vehicle. For instance, the bonnet of this sports car is much cleaner and neater -- marked by a recess on the center potion going to the windshield -- than that of the La Ferrari. Likewise, while the bonnet of the LaFerrari is seemingly pointed to the front, the hood of the patented sports car isn’t. In addition, the patented sports car features massive front air vents in carbon fiber as well as a prominent front splitter.
The rear end of the patented sports car comes with a more aggressive rear bumper, as distinguished by angular exhaust tips located on the far sides. This is quite different from the setup on the LaFerrari, which dons dual exhaust round tips on each side of the bumper.
It also features different lighting designs both on the front and the on the rear. The headlight of the sports car on the patent seems like a thin strip of LED units – completely different from that on the LaFerrari. Even the taillights on the rear of the panted sports car feature a slim design and are linked by a body-colored strip or piece.
All that said, it turned out that there is an actual prototype or of this patented sports car, as displayed in the concept car section of the Galleria Ferrari at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Painted in Ferrari’s iconic Rosso red, this prototype was revealed to be one of the final designs considered for the LaFerrari, as divulged by Manzoni himself. But in the end, this design wasn’t selected and Ferrari opted for the styling that we now see in the final production version of the LaFerrari.
However, it seemed that Ferrari thought that this design was too good to be discarded so the Italian carmaker is considering building a limited edition model based on this version. But since it was supposedly a design for the LaFerrari, we could refer to this limited edition model as LaFerrari Zero.