The first Ferrari Sergio has arrived in the United Arab
Emirates and has been delivered recently to its new owner, the SBH Royal Auto
Gallery in the UAE, at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit. This is where the Finali
Mondiali Ferrari was staged and is also home to the Ferrari World theme
Designed by Pininfarina, just six of these limited edition
roadsters are being built. The car was created to celebrate the spirit and core
values of the historic Cambiano company in the 60th anniversary year of its
collaboration with the Prancing Horse. The Sergio name has been given to the
car as homage to great Sergio Pininfarina, who sealed the unique, longstanding
partnership with Ferrari.
The Ferrari Sergio is a genuinely radical car. It is both
exclusive and spare in the sense that every single element aboard is focused
entirely on performance. The car is based on the 458 Spider and retains the
latter’s technological content as well as all of the functional aspects of its
cockpit. It is powered by the latest 605 hp version of Ferrari’s naturally
aspirated 4497 cc V8 which has won the International Engine of the Year award
on three consecutive occasions. This power unit also guarantees the car sprints
from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3 seconds.
Its proportions have been pushed to the extreme with the
front of the car seeming to penetrate the rear which itself projects forward.
The result is an exceptionally sculptural, three-dimensional take on the
classic roadster. The two bodyshell masses are melded together via a longitudinal
black insert, the main styling cue of the design. The flank is also characterised by the same
black longitudinal element which acts as both a dividing and unifying element
between front and rear. The two sections of the car flow effortlessly into one
another resulting in sublimely harmonious yet extremely muscular forms.
The semi-floating development of the front spoiler beneath
the bonnet balances downforce and optimises heat exchange. The roll-bar is a
modern take on the classic Ferrari flying buttress and negative rear
window. Integrated into the roll-bars
are the air intakes for clutch and gearbox oil cooling. At the front of the car, Pininfarina has
integrated the headlights. At the rear, the circular tail lights are another
modern nod to Ferrari history.
The cockpit is pared-back and functional in the extreme with
the engine compartment actually hugging the backs of the seats. The car
delivered to Abu Dhabi has three-layer red exterior paintwork and an extremely
sporty cockpit with black leather upholstery with contrasting red stitching,
Alcantara seat inserts, and extensive carbon dash and door well trim. It also
features Sergio-specific forged wheels, in this instance gold in colour with a
Each one of the six Ferrari Sergios was configured by its
owner in dedicated sessions at the Tailor Made atelier in Maranello where
clients are invited to personalise their cars to their own individual tastes.
The atelier offers enormous freedom of choice in terms of colours, materials
and finishes. As a result, every detail is extremely exclusive, thereby
continuing the Prancing Horse tradition begun in the 1950s and 60s of creating
bespoke cars minutely tailored to each client’s wishes.
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