Bugs-in-the-teeth Fer­raris

Wheels (Australia) - - Redline - ANDY EN­RIGHT

Here’s a pair of lim­ited-edi­tion Fer­raris sure to get col­lec­tors froth­ing. The sin­gle-seat Monza SP1 and dual-seat Monza SP2 Barchet­tas take de­sign in­spi­ra­tion from Maranello’s early rac­ing barchet­tas, like the 166MM from 1948, but are based on the mighty 812 Superfast, with that model’s fear­some V12 wicked up even fur­ther to 603kw. Crowd-stop­per de­sign el­e­ments in­clude up­wards-open­ing doors, and a for­ward-hinged bon­net to show­case the V12. Just 500 of the all-car­bon­fi­bre cars will be built for a yet-to-be­dis­closed fig­ure; de­liv­er­ies from June 2019.

“has not de­terred cus­tomers so far”. Ex­pand­ing fur­ther he said, “Be­fore we com­pleted the trans­ac­tion, I spoke with [Fer­rari Chair­man] John Elkann … Fer­rari does its buy­ing with chal­lenge rounds in­ter­nally and ex­ter­nally; John re­as­sured me that Pin­in­fa­rina al­ways is a com­peti­tor. That was a key el­e­ment in help­ing me de­cide whether we should go ahead.”

Rather than rely on the good graces of Maranello, Pin­in­fa­rina has looked across the Adri­atic to Croa­tia and, more specif­i­cally, Ri­mac. The PF0 will use the me­chan­i­cal ar­chi­tec­ture of the Ri­mac C_two, Per­schke con­firm­ing that it will have an iden­ti­cal out­put of 1407kw and 2300Nm. It’s likely that the hy­per­car will also utilise Ri­mac’s 800-volt elec­tri­cal ar­chi­tec­ture and 120kwh lithium-ion bat­tery pack. The quad-mo­tor ar­chi­tec­ture with the rear wheels aug­mented by sep­a­rate dual-speed gear­boxes is a given, and the per­for­mance tar­gets of sub-two-sec­ond 0-100km/h time, 300km/h dis­patched in 12 sec­onds and a 400km/h top speed are not fan­tasy, given Ri­mac’s tech­ni­cal lead in bat­tery den­sity. Nor is the tar­get 515km range.

Au­to­mo­bili Pin­in­fa­rina plans to build 150 PF0S, fully 50 more than orig­i­nally stated. Per­schke claims that “the re­sponse has ex­ceeded all our ex­pec­ta­tions,” with pric­ing es­ti­mated to be around A$2 mil­lion. The model at Peb­ble Beach had no func­tional in­te­rior, and its pub­lic un­veil is set for the 2019 Geneva show in March. Per­haps the most ironic as­pect of the ve­hi­cle is that in art­fully dress­ing an­other man­u­fac­turer’s un­der­pin­nings, the PF0 has come full cir­cle, re­turn­ing Pin­in­fa­rina to the coach­build­ing tra­di­tion of its ori­gin. De­sign di­rec­tor Luca Bor­gogno summed up its essence. “So­prat­tuto deve es­sere bella.” Above all it must be beau­ti­ful.’


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