Say hello to Touring Superleggera's latest work of automotive art.
Touring Superleggera has designed some stunning works of automotive art in the past, from the Alfa Romeo 8C-based Disco Volante to the Touring Sciadipersia based on the Maserati GranTurismo. Now, the famous Italian coachbuilder has revealed its latest project. Meet the Aero 3, a stunning retro-inspired reimagining of the Ferrari F12berlinetta that pays homage to 1930s race cars and mid-20th century Italian coachbuilders.
The striking aerodynamic design is based on the aerodynamic principles of Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni, the son of the company's co-founder: "weight is the enemy, air resistance the obstacle."
Debuting at the Salon Prive Concours d'Elegance at Blenheim Palace in the UK this week, the Aero 3 has been beautifully restyled with a new curvaceous carbon fiber body featuring flowing lines that "highlight the cleanliness of the surfaces and smooth integration of the volumes into a unified whole." While traces of the F12's design have been retained, the Aero 3's front end is completely new, sporting a unique central grille flanked by aggressive air intakes and a more muscular hood with new vents.
The most striking new design element, however, is a prominent shark fin that pays tribute to Touring's pioneering wind tunnel testing. "The idea of a fin was born as a prominent but very natural extension of the teardrop shape of the passenger compartment and the purest way to illustrate the essence of Streamline Style," said Louis de Fabribeckers, Head of Design for Touring.
While the Aero 3's fin is purely cosmetic and doesn't have any aerodynamic function, it "evokes Touring's aerodynamics legacy, from the 1930s onward" according to Fabribeckers. Thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber, the Aero 3 has a curb weight of 3,619 pounds.
Finished in Stratosphere Red, the commissioned example shown at Salon Prive Concours d'Elegance is a homage to the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B LM Coupe Berlinetta Aerodinamica racing number 18 that raced at Le Mans.
Inside, the interior is also finished in Stratosphere Red contrasted with black soft-furnishings, polished aluminum, black matte aluminum, matte carbon fiber detail fittings, and Foglizzo leather upholstery.
Under the skin, the Aero 3 retains the F12's space frame chassis and running gear. Being based on the F12, the Aero 3 is powered by a 6.2-liter V12 developing 730 horsepower and 509 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed sequential transmission. 0-62 mph takes 3.1 seconds before the Aero 3 maxes out at 211 mph.
Production of the Aero 3 is limited to just 15 examples, with each car taking over 5,000 hours to complete. Pricing is only available on request but will vary since every car is trimmed to every buyer's unique specification. After receiving the F12 donor car, Touring Superleggera aims to deliver each Aero 3 within six months.