Ferrari chief design officer Flavio Manzoni details the design approach behind the company’s first-ever plug-in hybrid.
Auto designers are a different lot than gearheads. While the latter likes the complexity of all those pieces coming together to create a monster four-wheeler, designers prefer to make statements that reflect all that power. And the simpler the better. It’s more of an art than a science, like creating a sculpture, which was how Ferrari chief design officer Flavio Manzoni approached the look of the SF90 Spider, the company’s first-ever plug-in hybrid.
This is an engineering masterpiece and the design must capture the very essence of the project,” said Manzoni about the Spider, which has more ergonomic properties than previous Spiders like the 360.The concept involved the hybrid car having a long tail to emphasize the power of the engine, a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that also has three electric motors. They generate a combined 986 horsepower as well as 590 pound-feet of torque.
All that technology, blended with the sleek aerodynamics, are spelled out in a two-tone appearance with some external surfaces in gold and the rest in black carbon fiber.Despite its sleekness, the rounded parts might stand out a bit, but according to Manzoni, those demonstrate the airflow the vehicle passes through. That flow surrounding the cockpit, in particular, creates what Manzoni calls a “spoon cut” on the sides of the Spyder, which also directs air to the intake and the rear engine.
Futuristic Spaceship Appearance
The rear resembles a spaceship, according to Manzoni, which he says is futuristic in appearance, with all the functions, like the tail lights aerodynamically built right into the car. Even the rear spoiler can be raised or lowered according to the driver’s preferences.Ferrari always redefines the limits of the possible,” said Manzoni about the Spider. “It merges engineering and innovation and fascinating beauty.”