Unexpectedly whilst walking away from Hyde Park and in the direction of Kensington in London towards the end of summer, I stumbled across the ultra rare Ferrari Sergio Concept at the H.R. Owen Ferrari showroom.
I shot over the road to take some pictures and to get a better look at the rare Ferrari.
The manager informed me that this car is only the concept and the 6 cars being produced by Ferrari had already been sold by invite only to high net worth individuals. This is unlucky for others who fancied the car for themselves and can afford the price tag, which is rumoured to be between $2-4 million although Ferrari won’t disclose exactly how much for the production cars.
The Ferrari Sergio Concept car was first unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and was designed in collaboration with Italian firm Pininfarina. The car is built in honour of Sergio Pininfarina who passed away aged 85 in 2012. The car pictured does not feature a windscreen, although a small windshield can apparently be installed so drivers won’t require a helmet. The car features no windows.
Technical specifications are based loosely on the Ferrari 458 Spider. The Ferrari Sergio Concept car features a 4.5 litre V8 engine, delivering 562bhp and 400 pound-feet of torque. The car weighs 1280kg, about 150kg less than the Ferrari 458 Spider, allowing the car to be somewhat faster. The car has a quoted 0-60mph time of 3.4 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 200mph.
The Sergio is a two-seater barchetta; barchetta originally meaning an Italian style of two-seater open top racing car. The Ferrari Sergio has a light gray antique effect leather covering the seats and other interior panels.
Visually noticeable features include the futuristic, sporty and aerodynamic body shape. From certain angles, it is clear to see the intended similarities to the 1960s, with the large wings and bulging bodywork. The small car doors open vertically upwards at a 45 degree angle and covering the engine is a contrasting black carbon fibre unit with round engine cooling holes. The body is made completely from carbon fibre, the red panels contrasting with the black carbon fibre bodywork. Gold lightweight 21″ light alloy one-stud wheels can be seen on the Ferrari Sergio.
Although I can appreciate what Ferrari have achieved, I personally not find the car as pretty to look at as other Ferraris. I was happy to have seen the Ferrari Sergio Concept car in person as I doubt I will ever see one again due to the rarity and exclusiveness of the car.
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