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As if scissor doors, gullwings, butterflies and those crazy Koenigsegg pivoters weren't enough to separate exotics from lesser cars, Ferrari is said to be working on another new door design that is both radical and practical. Go figure.
Autocar came across a patent filing showing a few diagrams depicting this unique door setup. What sets it apart is the fact that the new Ferrari door includes part of the front fender and hinges upward like the butterfly door from a LeMans racer. Apparently the opening is large enough and shaped in such a way that "occupants can place their foot directly behind the front wheel."

According to the patent application, that will make ingress and egress much easier for passengers in low-slung supercars, though the new door design is said to work just as well on front engined cars as it does for vehicles with their engines mounted aft or amidships. Even better, this design and its unique hinges are reported to be "easy and cost-effective to make," which should make it easier for the Dodge Chargers of SEMA circa 2012 to get in on the fun too.

We're still seeing an issue with the A-pillar and windscreen, but it looks interesting. We'll be sure to keep an eye out for any photos of these funky doors, but for now we're stuck wondering how hard it was for Ferrari engineers to use the supplied British sports car diagram in order to submit their application form.



[Source: Autocar]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      oooh , i know , they'll go with Star Trek force fields instead of doors !
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder how far you will have to reach once seated to pull it shut?
        • 5 Years Ago
        perhaps they will introduce auto open/close doors? that would seem better than stretch over the steering wheel to grab the door. IF they came with auto doors, how then could one gauge how much they needed the door to open if they were in even a tighter space?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds heavy.......
        • 5 Years Ago
        What is this heavy? Is there something wrong with the Earth's gravitational field?
        • 5 Years Ago
        and large.

        But I'll hold judgement. I love butterfly doors... I wonder how this will compare.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh oh, don't let the engineers from vertical doors see that diagram lol, they might beat Ferrari to it and have kits ready for the civic guys, lol.

      • 5 Years Ago
      The entire time I was reading the article I was waiting with baited breath to comment on the fact that they used Jaguar image... Damn you AB! Damn you!

        • 5 Years Ago
        It should be a Devon GTX insted of a Jag. This door opening with the door going up the fender is identical. Not sure how they can be granted a patent when other manufacturers already have this design?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Isn't it an Aston Martin DB7?"

        Yeah, but it has a Jaguaresque grille.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Isn't it an Aston Martin DB7?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Is it? It looks like a Jag XK... oh wait, looking at the back, it is for sure an Aston.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They did? Unless it was added after.
      • 5 Years Ago
      why don't they just beam us into the cars...and get rid of this whole door problem.

      I'm all for advancements and stuff, but all the practical door applications have been thought of since the dawn of the automobile.

      Forward opening, backwards opening, gullwing, scissor, and the 45 degree swivel what ever it is called. Unless they want to invent a sliding door I don't know how they can improve it that much...
      • 5 Years Ago
      That sounds interesting, but I wonder why they have sketch of a Aston Martin DB7 for there reference?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now when idiots say they are going "Ferrari the doors" on their Mazda they won't sound quite as stupid.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mike7, Some people don't know the difference between a Ferrari and a Lamborghini. That was Lucas's point.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Your comment sounds stupid.

        Seriously, what?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it April already?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Minivan sliding doors for all!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It will have to pass that new pole crash standard we saw a couple days ago from the NHTSA.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm going to do that to my Volvo.
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