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Monday, July 29, 2013

Radical roadster Sergio Concept

LaFerrari hypercar is not the only car that debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show is wearing a prancing horse emblem. Across the Hall, Pininfarina unveiled and brought their own Ferrari concept that called Sergio. Concept named the same as the name of the company leader Sergio Pininfarina (1926-2012), as a tribute for his services in building a good partnership between Pininfarina-Ferrari.
It is named Sergio, after the man who led Pininfarina for 40 years and conceived some of the greatest car legends. (Picture from: http://www.pininfarina.com/)
The study of design took the form of open-top barchetta with the basic concept of the Ferrari 458 Italia car and use 4.5 liter V8 engine combined with a dual-clutch  transmission seven-speed which can generate power of 570 hp at 9,000 rpm, but in the form of an entirely different car.
Based on the Ferrari 458 Spider, with which it shares the wheelbase and tracks, the Sergio Concept combines elements from Pininfarina’s tradition with modern design cues. (Picture from: http://www.carbodydesign.com/)
The concept car created at Pininfarina wind tunnel, Sergio showed aggressive profile which is dominated by the elegant curves and roll bars are angled to the front, but it don't has windshield or roof so that Sergio had to provide a pair of racing helmets for its driver and passenger. 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.

Pininfarina Design Director, Fabio Filippini said that his team was motivated by the spirit of the best sports cars of the 60s and 70s Pininfarina Ferrari who designed under the leadership of Sergio Pininfarina. This car is much longer, lower and wider than the Mazda MX-5, and Sergio can accelerate from 0-100 kph (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of up to 321 kph (199 mph).
Pininfarina Sergio Concept cockpit. (Picture from: http://wot.motortrend.com/)
Having exhibited at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show as a concept car, the Pininfarina design company plans to produce Sergio Concept. "We are considering the very limited production of five to six units," said Pininfarina CEO Silvio Angori as quoted by Automotive News Europe on 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: http://www.carbodydesign.com/)
"The Sergio is meant to celebrate the spirit of my father's involvement and the development of relationships Pininfarina-Ferrari. Though built as a concept, Pininfarina could be build Sergio in very limited quantities." added Paolo Pininfarina.
Rear view of Pininfarina Sergio Concept at 2013 Geneva Motor Show. (Picture from: http://blog.vehiclejar.com/)
Sergio extreme design certainly will not change even entered into the production line. "We know how and where to modify Sergio concept car to make it more to fit as street car," says Pininfarina designer, Fabio Filippini. Perhaps Sergio will use the windshield to suit European regulations. Because in the concept model, Sergio does not have a windshield.
Reportedly Pininfarina Sergio's price will reach 3 million euros (Rp. 37.7 billion). This price is the same as the latest Lamborghini Veneno supercar, which was also exhibited at the same event. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | PININFARINA | MOTOR TREND]
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