Technological solutions to be best in class

This prototype barchetta based on Ferrari Testarossa mechanicals, is a totally rounded sculptural modelling with a perfect balance between aesthetic and technical rationality. The interior design of the prototype recaptures the spirit of the racing barchettas of the Sixties: two small wraparound seats, a simplified dashboard and down-to-earth door panels.


The spirit of the racing cars

Starting from the Testarossa mechanicals, this prototype was to develop and radicalize the design problems which arise when engine and radiators are mounted at the rear as it calls for a rear track which is much wider than the front track. The resulting effect here is two intersecting volumes, while the body of the car emerges from a much wider tail. It has been singled out the link with racing cars and in fact neither a hard roof for passenger protection, nor side windows were envisaged. At the rear, higher up, the section of the light cluster band goes from side to side, and above that, the wing-spoiler which is the continuation of the side surfaces. It rests on a central telescopic support which can raise it of 300 mmm, according to the speed, to accentuate the down lift effect, positioning it in an area where the air flow is not disturbed. The bonnets, doors and all the panels of the bodywork are built entirely in carbon fibre. The instrument panel, dashboard, door panel and seats are shells covered in leather.

An international success


Unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1989, it won prestigious awards:  Golden Marker Trophy in 1989 in Tokyo and the Car Design Award in 1990 in Turin.




Pininfarina Style and Engineering Centre
Cambiano (Turin)