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Monday, June 21, 2021

Enzo Ferrari's 100th Birthday Gift from Fioravanti

'Il Commendatore' Enzo Ferrari is the great man known as the founder and owner of the prancing horse logoed premium automotive brand aka Scuderia Ferrari. And it is also known that from the beginning with his expertise and iron fists as well, he managed to lead the Italian manufacturer to glory by dominating the automotive market and racing sports circuits through its premium quality automotive products.
1998 Fioravanti F100 concept car was a gift from Fioravanti to Ferrari, to commemorate what would have been Enzo Ferrari’s 100th birthday. (Picture from: Supercarworld)
So that many parties, especially automotive technicians and designers who took part to feel directly the Ferrari's success. This might be felt by an automotive designer named Leonardo Fioravanti, whose about a quarter century of his professional career was involved in the process of creating dozens of Ferrari sports cars while worked for Pininfarina such as the Ferrari 388 GTO, Ferrari 250 P5 Berlinetta Speciale, Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona and the original Ferrari Dino, etc. And finally in 1987, he founded an automotive design studio named Fioravanti in Moncalieri, Turin.
1998 Fioravanti F100 dashboard design develops from the two selector paddles behind the wheel and almost all the controls are located on the wheel itself. (Picture from: Carstyling.ru)
Through his owned studio in 1998, he designed a two-seater Gran Turismo concept car to be used as a study design, besides that it also dedicated in honor of the centenary of Il Commendatore, Enzo Ferrari who was born in 1898. The concept car is named Fioravanti F100 is described as a smaller, lighter, easy to drive sports car than the huge supercars we have become accustomed to seeing in recent years, and is powered by a compact, high-performance engine such V10.
1998 Fioravanti F100 ooks slick with a distinctive design of the Prancing Horse logoed sports car, such as the famous Ferrari "wave" sculpted shape in the front. (Picture from: Carstyling.ru)
Furthermore, to support its engine's performance, then various racing devices were installed such a semi-automatic gearbox and an F1 type paddle selector mounted behind the wheel. It is intended to provide a truly relaxing driving condition, in same time allowing concentration to focus on the unique fast driving pleasures.
1998 Fioravanti F100 has the engine air intakes, for example, have been lodged in the upper part of the roof panel, a location which takes advantage of the boxed roof structure as well as improving rear vision. (Picture from: Carstyling.ru)
In terms of appearance, the concept car that looks slick with a distinctive design of the Prancing Horse logoed sports car, such as the famous Ferrari "wave" sculpted shape in the front. There is a unique grille like clawmark, starts at the nose, spreading and developing three-dimensionally around the whole of the car’s perimeter.
1998 Fioravanti F100 concept car had designed the lower seater able to maintain a relaxed muscle position all along the legs, and practically guides the feet directly onto the accelerator and brake pedals for the driver. (Picture from: Carstyling.ru)
In order to search the lightness moved in two directions, namely the structure and components. The engine air intakes, for example, have been lodged in the upper part of the roof panel, a location which takes advantage of the boxed roof structure as well as improving rear vision. When it comes to components, the front and rear fluorescent light clusters, for example, are styled in a classic Ferrari design, but built to a unique and lighter specification.
1998 Fioravanti F100 concept car shows all the hallmarks of a classic Ferrari design and was intended to house an equally impressive high power V10 engine. (Picture from: Ferrari Connoisseur)
For the legs, Fioravanti collaborated with Fergat, a company that specializes in the design and production of steel wheels to get an innovative design with cutting-edge technology for later use in the F100. No wonder then that the wheels are made of high quality materials and designed with sophisticated designs using computer-generated simulations, new deformity and assembly techniques. 
For the cabin looks so concise and simple that seems to hint at a relaxed driving philosophy, the dominant visible is only a large steering wheel with the Ferrari F1 gear-selector and the two-pedals. While the dashboard design develops from the two selector paddles behind the wheel and almost all the controls are located on the wheel itself.
The Fioravanti F100 Roadster concept made in 2000 by Fioravanti as the spyder version. (Picture from: Ferrari Connoisseur)
To support driving comfort by maintaining a relaxed muscle position all along the legs is provided by the lower seats, and in the case of the driver, practically guides the feet directly onto the accelerator and brake pedals, almost like a F1 car. 
Even though the concept car shows all the hallmarks of a classic Ferrari design and was intended to house an equally impressive high power V10 engine, but this concept car never be made into real. If only realized and perhaps it became the new F60. However, two years later or to be precise in 2000, the Fioravanti presented a full-scaled non running model in the spyder style or later known as the Fioravanti F100R as you've seen on video above.
The one-off F430-based Ferrari Fioravanti SP1 is built in the 2018 and inspired by the 1998 Fioravanti F100 concept car. (Picture from: Carrozzieri-Italiani)
Furthermore, in 2018, Kazuo Maruyama (known as the first Japanese to own the Ferrari) managed to get one-off F430-based Ferrari Fioravanti SP1, which said was inspired by the 1998 Fioravanti F100 concept car. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSTYLING.RU | ALLCARINDEX | SUPERCARWORLD | CARROZIERI-ITALIANI | TWITTER ]
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