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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Here's a radical roadster concept named the Pininfarina Sergio

~Unique ONE~ As we all know that the Ferrari F150 LaFerrari hypercar is not the only prancing horse logoed car that debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. At the time, Carrozzeria Pininfarina also unveiled and brought their own Ferrari concept that called Pininfarina Sergio. The car concept named after the coachbuilder company leader Sergio Pininfarina (1926-2012), as a tribute for his services in building a good partnership between Pininfarina-Ferrari.
This speedster concept named Pininfarina Sergio, that's named after the man who led the coachbuilder company for 40 years and conceived some of the greatest car legends. (Picture from: Pininfarina)
This Pininfarina's concept car presented in the form of an entirely different open-top barchetta, and is intended to be a study design. The unique-shaped concept car built based on the Ferrari 458 Italia, and powered by an 4.5 liter V8 engine combined with a dual-clutch seven-speed manual transmission system which can generate power of 570 hp at 9,000 rpm. So no wonder if it can be accelerated from 0-100 kph (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds and reaches a top speed of up to 321 kph (199 mph).
The Pininfarina Sergio concept car is built based on the Ferrari 458 Spider, shared the wheelbase, and also combines the elements from Pininfarina’s tradition with modern design cues. (Picture from: CarBodyDesign)
After it completed, the Sergio concept car tested at Pininfarina's wind tunnel, at the time it showed aggressive profile which is dominated by the elegant curves and roll bars are angled to the front. The car was deliberately set up not only to generate down-force and cut off the air, but also to direct the airflow to the top of its users head. Due to the Sergio doesn't have windshield or roof, so its driver and passenger need to wear racing helmets when drive the car.
The Pininfarina Sergio concept car is much longer, lower, and wider than the Mazda MX-5. (Picture from: MotorTrend)
Pininfarina Design Director then, Fabio Filippini said that his team was motivated by the spirit of the best
Pininfarina-Ferrari sports cars of the 60s and 70s who designed under the leadership of Sergio Pininfarina. As you can see, the Sergio concept car is much longer, lower, and wider than the Mazda MX-5.
The Pininfarina Sergio concept car's cockpit. (Picture from: MotorTrend)
Having exhibited at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show as a concept car, then the Carrozzeria Pininfarina immediately produced the Sergio in a limited number of only 6 units. As Pininfarina CEO Silvio Angori said at the time, "We are considering a very limited production of five to six units," as quoted by Automotive News Europe, Tuesday, March 13, 2013.
The Pininfarina Sergio's body features some sharp character lines and an interesting graphic contrast provided by the dark surface of the hood flowing into the cockpit area and extending up to the rear wheels. (Picture from: CarBodyDesign)
"The Sergio is meant to celebrate the spirit of my father's involvement and the development of relationships Pininfarina-Ferrari. Though built as one-off concept, Pininfarina also could be built it in very limited quantities," added Paolo Pininfarina furthermore.
Rear view of the Pininfarina Sergio concept car at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. (Picture from: Vehiclejar Blog)
The car's extreme design certainly will not change even entered into the production line. "We know how and where to modify the Sergio concept car to make it more to fit as street car," says Fabio Filippini. Perhaps the Sergio production version will use the windshield to meet the European regulations, because in the concept model, it does not have a windshield.
At the time, reportedly the Pininfarina Sergio's price reached 3 millions (Rp.37.7 billion). And for comparison, this price numbers is the same as the latest Lamborghini Veneno supercar, which was also exhibited at the same event. *** [EKA [29072-13] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | PININFARINA | CARBODYDESIGN | AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE | MOTOR TREND | VEHICLEJAR BLOG | WIKIPEDIA ]
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