Thursday 26 November 2009

Ferrari 550 Barchetta

The 550 Barchetta Pininfarina is the perfect interpretation of the classic, open-top front-engined V12 Ferrari sports car, complete with modern styling and technology.

The 550 Barchetta Pininfarina has a traditional barchetta-style cut to the windscreen, around 100 mm lower than the 550 Maranello, with a body-coloured finish to the lower section of the surround. Furthermore it reflects the past as a model aimed exclusively at open-air use, providing just a manual soft-top for emergency use.

Functional and unadorned with a simple manual soft-top, the barchetta-style solution has enabled Ferrari’s engineers to offset the additional weight gained by reinforcing the chassis and fitting rear roll bars. Consequently the 550 BarchettaPininfarina weighs no more than the 550 Maranello. The 550 Barchetta Pininfarina ’s exclusive design includes other distinctive features such as Ferrari badges on the wheelarches, two-piece alloy wheels and a unique aluminium fuel filler cap. The car can be ordered in any colour in the Ferrari range.

The car’s interior reflects its pure, sporting character, with leather and carbon-fibre racing-style seats (a four-point racing harness can also be ordered, depending on market availability). The driving position is enhanced by ideal ergonomics, with the wrap-around line of the dash attractively continuing across to the central tunnel and ensconcing the driver.

The sporting effect is completed by the interior’s carbon-fibre and black Lorica finish, and Lorica is also used to trim the central tunnel and the rear of the cockpit. Lined with impact-absorbing material, the rear roll bars, attractively trimmed in leather, provide additional structural rigidity as well as protection for the occupants in case of an accident. The windscreen surround has been redesigned and incorporates a high-strength steel tube to withstand the car’s weight in a roll-over situation.


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