This weekend, Ferrari delivered the first Sergio to its owner in the United Arab Emirates, at the Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Cicuit. As you may know already, the vehicle is designed by Pininfarina and just six units will ever be built, each celebrating the spirit and core values of the well-known Cambiano company.
Based on the 458 Spider, the Ferrari Sergio uses a 4.5-liter V8 engine that produces 605 hp and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque at 6,000 rpm. According to Ferrari, the Sergio is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3 seconds, but there are no details regarding the top speed.
When it comes to design, the vehicle is inspired by the spirit of Pininfarina’s 1960s as well as 70s Ferraris and its proportions have been pushed to the extreme with the front of the car seeming to penetrate the rear which itself projects forward.
The result is a three-dimensional take on the classic roadster. The front end features stylish headlights integrated in a classic move, while the rear end shows round taillights, which are a modern nod to Ferrari history.
The design is completed by the exclusive Sergio forged wheels featuring a golden colour with a diamond finish. The interior is identical to the one featured by the 458 Spider, while the seats follow the same design as those seen on the 458 Speciale Aperta.
Ferrari Sergio delivered in the UAE featured black leather upholstery with contrasting red stitching, Alcantara seat insets and extensive carbon dash and door well trim.
The styling of the new Ferrari Sergio is simple and clear style, as it comes with volumes and surface treatments reflecting the spirit of Pininfarina's creations for Ferrari in the 1960s and 70s. Its extreme proportions make it seem that the front penetrates the forward-projecting rear – resulting in a sculptural, three-dimensional creation.
Sergio’s two body shell masses are combined through a longitudinal black insert, which is considered the primary styling cue of the sports car’s design. This longitudinal black insert also defines the flank, while serving both a unifying and dividing element between front and rear. Thanks to this longitudinal black insert, the two sections of the Sergio flow smoothly into each another to create elegant, muscular forms.
Of course, the design of Sergio wasn’t intended to be the end in itself. Ferrari considers the design as a fusion between function and aesthetics. For instance, the semi-floating development of the front spoiler helps balance downforce while optimizing heat exchange. The roll-bar, meanwhile, reinterprets the classic Ferrari flying buttress and negative rear window. The air intakes for clutch and transmission oil cooling are integrated into the roll-bars. On the other hand, the rear nolder and rear extractor of the Sergio help generate more downforce.
Meanwhile, the front end of the Sergio features a classic integrated of the headlights, as these lighting details were transformed by Pininfarina into a single transparent transverse element for an extreme formal purity.
Furthermore, the circular rear lights of the Sergio also pay tribute to Ferrari history. The sports car’s two-tone theme continues on both the front hood and rear deck. The Sergio’s rear deck features the iconic circular air vents that were present on iconic Pininfarina previous creations.