For all the impracticalities that will accompany it, there is something alluring and sexy about a car with no windscreen and lots of engine. Think of cars like the BAC Mono, Lamborghiniâ€™s Aventador J, and the Mercedes-McLaren SLR Stirling Moss. At last yearâ€™s Geneva Motor Show, Pininfarina unveiled the stunning Sergio concept car. Based on a Ferrari 458 and named after their late president, Sergio Pininfarina, the concept car was a fitting tribute to one of the worldâ€™s most renowned car designers.
In celebration of the Cambiano coachbuilderâ€™s 60th anniversary of its collaboration with Ferrari, the famous Italian car maker has produced just six examples of the Sergio. And as expected of an extremely limited-edition Ferrari, all six have already been spoken for well before word got out about their existence. Each example of the Sergio was configured by its owner in dedicated sessions at Ferrariâ€™s Tailor Made atelier in Maranello.
While the resulting car, based on a 458 Spider, carries over plenty of cues of Pininfarinaâ€™s original concept, such as the semi-floating front spoiler, black flying buttresses, and air vents on the rear deck, Ferrari wasnâ€™t brave enough to leave out the windscreen. But their decision is made on grounds of safety. Even with the customisable freedom of Ferrariâ€™s top-tier atelier programme, every resulting Ferrari has to retain the basic structure to comply with crash safety regulations and homologation purposes.
Nevertheless, it isnâ€™t as though the Sergioâ€™s six affluent owners would mind that detail. Not when it packs the screaming 605hp 4.5-litre V8 heart of the 458 Speciale, and boasts a 0 to 100kmph time of just 3 seconds. Quick enough for owners to be glad that it comes with a windscreen in the first place.