After one sketch, Pininfarina revealed the Ferrari Sergio Concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Although it I just a concept, the Ferrari Sergio Pininfarina looks amazing and pays tribute to the man who led Pininfarina for 40 years and conceived iconic cars. Based on the Ferrari 458 Spider, the Sergio Pininfarina is a mid-rear-engined two-seater barchetta and evokes the spirit of Pininfarina’s best achievements for Ferrari of the 1960s and 1970s.
This concept is an open air car with an explicit nod to racing cars, in the sense that a cupola is not fitted to protect occupants. For them, two helmets are provided.
According to the manufacturer, this is a real car that can easily be produced in a limited series of a few units. So, if you don’t like the LaFerrari you can buy one of these! Using the same 4.5-liter V8 engine found on the 458 Spider with 570 hp and mated to a sequential 7-speed gearbox, the Ferrari Sergio Pininfarina is able to hit 100 km/h or 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 320 km/h or 200 mph. Moreover, the concept has a total weight of about 1280 kg.
Pininfarina has long established itself as the master crafters in car body design. If there’s anything that Pininfarina has shown in its history, it is its unparalleled ingenuity and ability to both interpret and transform cars into finished products that unmistakably evoke the handiwork, class, and charm of a Pininfarina.
The Sergio is another one in the long line of real cars so dazzling it feels and looks like a show car. That Pininfarina is able to do exceptional body work design to make the Sergio simple yet elegant is no longer a surprising development. That it is able to push the envelope of design even further by its three-dimensional take and interpretation of the classic barchetta is nothing short of genius at work. The Sergio comes off as a no-nonsense car that is extremely proportional. It has a rear that projects forward with a front volume penetrating into it.
A signature design of the Pininfarina is evident in the composition of the two body masses of the Sergio which goes through a longitudinal black insert. The back and front are clearly demarcated by two volumes that traverse from the outside to the inside of the car.
There is a subtlety in how these designs were executed, yet there too is the muscle and power that complements it. The spoiler under the front has undergone front semi-floating development to ensure the end result is a Sergio that remains true to its functionality, balance, and beauty.
The Sergio is a tribute of Pininfarina to the sports and race cars of the by-gone era, powerful and majestic icons like the 60s Ferrari which were characterized by bulging and sensual wings.
Despite the bulging, heavyset impression the Sergio gives off, the truth is the Sergio is extremely light. This is brought about by the extensive aerodynamic research done by the Pininfarina’s design and engineering team. Pininfarina has always taken pride in its ability to balance the need to look good and the need to perform well. This is the tradition the Pininfarina has stayed true to.