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Friday, March 26, 2021

All-new Touring Aero 3 inspired by Alfa Romeo classic supercars

Not long ago in the 2020, there's a new car model built based on the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and was launched by an Italian coachbuilder company, the Touring Superleggera. The car was then given the name 'Touring Aero 3' which visually displays the nuances of a modern combination with retro, and not only gives an attractive appearance, but also affects the car's performance.
2020 Touring Aero 3 visually displays the nuances of a modern combination with retro, and not only gives an attractive appearance, but also affects the car's performance. (Picture from: DriveTribe)
If we look for a moment this Milan-based coachbuilder company has indeed been working on various European cars for a long time, due to the company has been around since 1926. Of course the Touring Superleggera has its ups and downs in its business journey, even ceased in 1966, and returned in 2008 under newly different management. The uniqueness of the design that is always carried out has made it often glimpsed by automotive manufacturers, such as Aston Martin, BMW and of course Alfa Romeo to be a partner.
2020 Touring Aero 3 posed along with 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Le Mans Speciale (Touring), its inspiration source. (Picture from: AutoEvolution)
It is said that the Aero 3 is inspired by the race car production lines of the 1930s and 1950s, where each unit takes approximately 5 thousand hours to work on and Touring Superleggera plans to make only 15 units of the car. Although the car is based on the Ferrari F12, the Italian coachbuilder company does not necessarily make its appearance completely change, still the F12 silhouette looks dominant combined with a shape that represents the company's engineering capabilities in the aerodynamics. Indeed, the company often test its car models by using the wind tunnels to get finite performance.
2020 Touring Aero 3's interior covered in red combined with detailed aluminum and carbon fiber trim, and Foglizzo genuine leather. (Picture from: Oto.com)
Judging by the appearance that the Aero 3 looks similar to some of the previous Touring Superleggera models with three separate framed openings. Although overall the Aero 3 looks more trapezoidal. There is one thing that is quite interesting, where the hole in the middle looks like an Alfa Romeo's typical triangular grille design. But it should be knew that this car was developed independently, without any collaboration with those Italian brand mentioned above. Furthermore, the two holes flanking on the sides emphasizes the sporty impression, which functions to flow air into the engine room and accompanied by a channel at the end of the bumper that flows air into the front wheel space.
1952 Alfa Romeo 1900 C52 Disco Volante. (Picture from: Trussty)
1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Le Mans
Speciale (Touring)
. (Picture from: Carstyling.ru)
While on the car's back has the rounded stern combined with slanted horizontal lights, and the presence of the exhaust holes that wrapped with the square obtuse-angled frames. Those features inspired by the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante, the car first developed in 1952, then updated in 2013 and 2016. Besides that, there's also the most attracted element attached at the rear, namely the massive fin pinned from the middle to the rear then continues until the diffuser which makes it at a glance look like an old car. By the existence of those massive fin feature causes the the rear window to be eliminated, as a replacement then a camera system is installed so that the reverse parking process can be carried out safely and properly. 

To optimize the weight, almost all of those Aero 3's classic-styled body elements are made of carbon fiber, so it could be reduced its weight up to 150 kg but with dimensions 200 mm longer than its Ferrari's donor car. Then those lightweight body is mounted on the aluminum chassis of the F12 owned so with the electrical system as well. And according to Louis de Fabribeckers, Chief Designer for Touring Superleggera, that the natural affix to the tear-shaped cabin does not directly contribute to the ability to flow air, but evokes rememberance of Touring's aerodynamic legacy that has been around since the 1930s to date.
2020 Touring Aero 3 is powered by a Ferrari's wild 6.3 liter V12 engine capable of producing 740 PS of power at 8,250 rpm and 689 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. (Picture from: Oto.com)
Furthermore the car is powered by a Ferrari's wild 6.3 liter V12 engine capable of producing 740 PS of power at 8,250 rpm and 689 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. Those engine powers then chanelled through a 7-speed sequential automatic gearbox with paddle shift to drive the car's wheels. Then the the Aero 3's performance claimed is quite impressive, with an acceleration record from zero to 100 kph in 3.1 seconds, and can be driven up to a top speed of 339 kph.
2020 Touring Aero 3's back has the rounded stern combined with slanted horizontal lights, and the presence of the exhaust holes that wrapped with the square obtuse-angled frames. (Picture from: Motor1)
As You can be seen the unit shown in the article, it's look to be painted with Stratosphere Red, is the same color put on the 2013 Disco Volante. While on the side of the car's body, there's is a number of 19, which references to the long-nosed race car number of Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B LM Coupe Berlinetta Aerodinamica made by Touring Superleggera raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans of the 1938. The same hue also covers the interior, but is combined with detailed aluminum and carbon fiber trim, and Foglizzo genuine leather.
Even though the Aero 3 has been introduced, to date Touring has not disclosed the selling price for each unit. By looking at the car's detailed explaination above, besides that it also can be personalized according to customer desires, offcourse do not expect the car's price is cheap, its possiblity touching 7 digits. Even so, the Milan-based company recently said that three units of the Aero 3 have been sold. So.. Are you interested in becoming the next unit owner? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOMOBILEMAG | CARSTYLING.RU | AUTOEVOLUTION ]
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