One-off Ferrari barchetta makes public debut
A stunning one-off open-top sports barchetta Ferrari rumoured to cost NZ$4.85 million has made its public debut.
Unofficial photos of the F12 TRS appeared online last week but car was on show publicly for the first time at the weekend with 89 other Ferraris during the third Ferrari Cavalcade in Sicily.
The car, based on the F12 Berlinetta, was developed at the request of a client with design inspirations taken from, and said to pay homage to, the marque's 1957 250 Testa Rossa.
The TRS has the same performance figures as the F12 Berlinetta including 0-100 kmh acceleration in 3.1sec and 0-200 kmh in 8.1sec from the 6.2-litre V12 engine. The engine's red cylinder heads are visible through a window in the engine lid which Ferrari says is a concept "inspired as much by the front-engined Ferrari sports cars of the 1950s as our more recent mid-engined berlinettas".
In further Ferrari speak, the company says "The aerobridge, introduced on the F12 Berlinetta, has been given a new treatment in this car, resulting in a sculptural design that runs back from the flanks along the entire length of the car.
"The design of the rear marks an evolution of the T-shaped graphic that characterises the F12's truncated tail and is influenced to some extent by the cabin shape with long fuselage fairings running behind the headrests into the rear spoiler.
"A smooth ramp runs from the central tunnel too, linking interior and exterior and creating a longitudinal aerodynamic channel to deliver an innovative Venturi effect completed by a vent under the spoiler."
The inside is pared-back to the barest driving essentials. Some of the controls for the likes of the air conditioning, for instance, have been cut back, while the glove compartment, central air vents, mats, audio system, window controls and odds-and-ends holders have all been removed."