To give you an idea of the ethos behind this concept, consider this fact: The Pininfarina Sergio comes with its own custom helmets for the driver and passenger. And yes, they match the sensuous red and black scheme so artfully applied to the car itself. Form and function, rolled into one machine.

It is, quite fittingly, based upon the guts of a Ferrari, the 458 in particular, as the Italian design house is most commonly thought of as the styling center for the Italian supercar manufacturer. Performance specs are as follows: 0-62 in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 199 miles per hour, courtesy of Ferrari's 570-horsepower 4.5-liter V8 engine.

According to Fabio Filippini, design director at Pininfarina, "We were motivated by the spirit of Pininfarina's best sports cars, Ferraris of the '60s and '70s designed under the leadership of Sergio Pininfarina. In particular, the Dino Berlinetta Speciale of 1965, the Ferrari 250 LM, the P5, the Modulo, and the Mythos."

We'll leave the subjective points of the car's styling to you, but we will say that the overall wedge shape, lack of windshield and forward-canted roll hoop are nothing if not memorable. If you like what you see, you'll be pleased to know that Pininfarina says it is "a real car that can easily be produced in limited series of a few units." In other words, get out your checkbook.

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Pininfarina in Geneva with the concept car Sergio

At the Motor Show world debut for the Sergio, a modern interpretation of the 2-seater barchetta
As a tribute to the Senator, the stand is also displaying one of his most beloved masterpieces, the Dino Berlinetta Speciale, 1965

Turin, 5 March 2013 – It is named Sergio, after the man who led Pininfarina for 40 years and conceived some of the greatest car legends. It is the new, amazing concept car created to celebrate the Life Senator Sergio Pininfarina. At its world debut today at the Geneva Motor Show, the Sergio joins the brand that has so marked the history of Pininfarina: Ferrari.

Universally known as Master of Italian style, the signature of Sergio Pininfarina left its imprint on the whole history of design with his creative genius, from the age of the great bodyworks to modern industry, often anticipating trends. The concept car dedicated to him renews the spirit of the extraordinary achievements under his leadership, translating it into a modern vision in the name of exclusivity, innovation and passion.

The Sergio, in fact, is a two-seater barchetta that looks to the future, very compact, very sporty, racy, pure and sensual. An exercise that Pininfarina decided to undertake on Ferrari 458 Spider mechanicals. Its formal interpretation is absolutely free, in the best tradition of the Pininfarina research which has produced so many Ferrari-based concept cars or unique models now recognised as masterpieces.

Its exclusivity and development on the basis of a production car, in fact, sets the Sergio in the tradition of the great Pininfarina custom-made cars specifically designed for "special" clients. It is therefore a real car that can easily be produced in limited series of a few units.

"My father would be proud of this concept car", said Chairman Paolo Pininfarina, "because it expresses the aesthetic values that always inspired him: the purity of the lines, the harmony of form, and balance. Furthermore, he would be happy with this latest concept on Ferrari base, a brand to which we are related bya history that has helped define the most beautiful cars of all time in an evolution that has lasted 60 years and shows no sign of ending".

On its stand in Geneva, Pininfarina has placed the new Sergio next to one of the Senator's most belovedFerraris: the Dino Berlinetta Speciale, a unique model presented at the 1965 Paris Motor Show, which ledto the lines of subsequent Dino production cars. Since 1967, the Dino has been part of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest Collection and is exhibited along with other historic prestige cars in the Musée de l'Automobile of Mans.

With the new Sergio, Pininfarina confirms its excellence in design, the cutting edge of a Company deeply involved in engineering services, research applied to sustainable mobility and brand enhancement activities.

"This concept", says the CEO Silvio Pietro Angori, "is the best way to confirm the role of Pininfarina as a bearer of the aesthetic values of Italian design in the world and to strengthenthe brand name, the Company's real distinguishing feature. Together with design, Pininfarina is highly focused on all the traditional activities aimed at providing vehicle manufacturers with an all-round service: engineering: product development, testing, prototype construction. The enhancement of production assets and know-how is expressed in the creation of unique pieces like the Sergio or limited edition cars realized thanks to unique craft skills gained in over 80 years of activity".

PININFARINA -Through a long process of growth and transformation of ideas and creativity, often anticipating the times, Pininfarina has evolved from an artisan Company to an international group that can act as a global partner to the automotive industry. Publicly traded since 1986, it now focuses on design and engineering services, continuing to play a key role as a design house with unique skills, research in the field of sustainable mobility and the creation of brand value, the potential of which derives from the reputation gained in over 80 years of success. The Company has offices in Italy, Germany, Morocco, China and the United States. Its automotive customers include prestigious brands such as Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, BMW, Tata Motors, and Chery. Furthermore, for over 25 years, Pininfarina Extra, has been operating; it is the Group Company specialising in product and interior design, architecture, marine and aviation design, with about 400 projects to its name.

Many Pininfarina creations have become part of prestigious collections of national and international museums such as the MoMA in New York, where a Cisitalia 202 Berlinetta has been kept since the 'Forties. Among the numerous awards received by Pininfarina design, to name the most recent: "Compasso d'Oro 2008" for the Nido; Trophée du Design 2009; China Awards 2010 as the bearer of Italian design in China; the Interior Design Award of the Year 2012 for the Cambiano. Sergio and Battista "Pinin" Farina are also included in the famous European Automo

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      Tina Dang
      • 2 Years Ago
      For a second, I thought the front of the car was the back of the car and vice versa. Really weird.
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's one of those cars that "throws" you, visually. It looks like it's going backwards, because it has a rear windscreen and not a front one. o.O
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stunning. I think this looks much better than the LaFerrari.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the whole barchetta thing they have going, this makes me think of what would happen if a Fiat X1/9 got a hold of some steroids, and I kind of like the result. But I think this would have made one hell of a beautiful coupe. Just continue the line they started with the rear pillars on forward, and it would be a gorgeous coupe.
      • 1 Year Ago
      and if it rains? beautiful, no contest, however, where are the side-view mirrors? and yes, with no roof, i think it is a minus. not practical. but hey, at least your hair will be dry, since the helmets, the rest------maybe they could install an air-blower.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Beautiful. Sometimes I'd wish that automakers realize that designs that age well over time, are thought out long and hard. Decades down the road, they still look beautiful. Even some bizarre and over the top exotics brought to the Geneva show this year won't look quite as nice when they're older; they're just meant to represent the "cool" and "epicness" of the current day
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why are the seats facing the rear?
      Paul Ricketts
      • 2 Years Ago
      ........could it get any uglier? Thank god it's a concept..........
      • 2 Years Ago
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really? A knit tie? Doesn't bode well for a company whose basis is style.
      • 2 Years Ago
      love the warmer, more demure headlights, seem to give it a stance of humble nobility rather than the highstreet scream of the elongated LED lights found in contemporary ferraris... almost like the car wants you to observe its flowing lines more than being jarred into staring at its sharp angles.
      • 2 Years Ago
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