Meet Project Fenix.
The Ferrari F50 is arguably one of the most underrated designs in the Modena-based manufacturer's astonishing archive. As we move further and further away from the Nineties, the supercar first built 24 years ago is starting to appreciate in value and become more appreciated by asinine art critics who once overlooked it. But the past is the past, and Ferrari is yet to follow Lamborghini's lead and revive an old icon as Sant'Agata did with the Countach. Instead, a Dutch design house called Ugur Sahin Design has taken initiative and reimagined a modern F50. The company has come up with some exquisite designs in the past, and this certainly qualifies as another smash hit.
The new creation (which is clearly limited to the virtual realm) has been named Project Fenix, and it borrows elements from the original F50 while also modernizing other aspects of the car, such as the front end that didn't age particularly well. We're sensing a bit - okay, a lot - of McLaren 720S in the front lighting setup, but that rear end sure looks like it could be grafted onto an SF90 Stradale. The standalone pair of twin tailpipes are allowed to shine on their own, creating a visual break between the LED black-backed taillights, that extend to a character line all the way around the car, and the prominent diffuser.
A perspex engine cover with intake ducts on the C-pillar of the fantastical supercar is another nice touch, and we like the jagged edge that the shoulder line culminates in as it meets the basket-handle rear wing, but we can't imagine this being particularly good for smooth airflow over the car. Nevertheless, a twin-exit vent below that massive wing suggests that an area of low pressure could easily be created behind the car, while the side intakes atop the side skirts would surely direct air to radiators. It's a pretty well-resolved design, and bar the British front lighting design and the cheap-looking wheels, we think you could slap some Ferrari badges on this and call it a day. Let's just hope that internal combustion engine-powered supercars are not relegated to our digital fantasies before Ferrari itself has a chance to reimagine its past icons.