In addition to producing awesome supercars, Ferrari has been known to roll out a concept car from time to time.
Like most Ferraris created over the past half century, Prancing Horse concepts tend to be penned by Pininfarina. Some, like the Modulo, sportedradical designs as they were never bound for production, some almost made it to production such as thePinin sedan concept, while others demonstrated new design elements that werelater incorporated into future models, such as the breathtakingly beautiful Mythosconcept. Here arefive of the best that have captured the imagination of Prancing Horse lovers over the years almost as much as those that ended up on the showroom floor.
Unveiled atthe 1970 Geneva Motor Show, the Ferrari 512 S Modulo concept was penned byPininfarina’s Paolo Martin, and based on one of the twenty-five 512 S racingcars built for homologation purposes. Ferrari couldn’t sell or race all of themso car #23 was given to the coachbuilder to have some fun with. Theexperimental one-off prototype was a futuristic design study, characterized bytwo overlapping body shells, a canopy-style roof that slides forward permittingentry to the cabin as per the Lancia Stratos, 24 holes in the engine cover thatrevealed the 550-hp V12, and the wheels streamlined into the body, which made italmost impossible to turn.
Built tocelebrate Pininfarina’s 50th anniversary, the Pinin sedan conceptwas unveiled at the 1980 Turin Motor Show. The first four-door Ferrari everbuilt, the Pinin project was the brainchild of Sergio Pininfarina who dreamedof an Italian interpretation of the likes of the Aston Martin Lagonda and Jaguar XJ. Built on a Ferrari 400GT chassis with a mock-up flat 12, Enzo Ferrari was soimpressed with the Pinin he discussed turning into a production model. Theproposal was ultimately dropped and the concept was sold during the mid-eighties, beforebeing auctioned off in 2008. After extensive work, in 2010 itmade its maiden run, 30 years after its first appearance.
Produced in1989, the Ferrari Mythos was never meant for production. Its radical compactsupercar design was implemented on the Ferrari Testarossa’s platform, retainingits 4.9-liter flat-twelve that sent 390 horsepower to the rear wheels. Elements of thetwo-seater roadster's race car design were borrowed by the Ferrari F50years later. The Sultanof Brunei was so enamored with the Mythos that he instructed Pininfarina to buildhim two, fully-operational Mythos models for his awesome collection. Theoriginal remains at Pininfarina’s design center in Cambiano.
In 2000, theFerrari Rossa was unveiled in Turin to make Pininfarina’s 70th anniversary. Built on the Ferrari 550 Maranello chassis, with the samefront-engine rear-drive layout, the two-seater roadster was a throwback to thecompetition spiders of the Fifties, yet boasted design elements that wereadopted by future models, such as the teardrop headlights that later featuredon the Enzo. Power camefrom a 485-horsepower 5.5-liter V12, which is partly visible through the hood.
Ferrari’smost recent concept is the Sergio, unveiled earlier this year at the GenevaMotor Show and named after Pininfarina’s late chairman. Based on a Ferrari 458 complete with its 570-hp4.5-liter V8, the design study is distinguished by its radical barchettabody-style with no windshield, windows or roof. Instead it has a pair of racing helmets and ashape formed not only to generate down-force and cut through the air, but alsoto direct airflow over the occupants’ heads. Recent reports suggest thespeedster could enter a five-model run priced at 3 million euros. For that, a windshieldwould be included, hopefully without affecting its 3.4 second 0-62 mph time and199 mph top speed.