More thoroughbreds from the Ferrari stable highlighted at Autostyle 2023 XX Edition & Design


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*From the KC23 to the Purosangue to the SF90 Porto Mantovano Sant’Antonio

Fancy your own, uniquely designed and built sports car? Well, Ferrari can bring that dream to reality. All that is needed is a big budget and have a broad imagination to enable the design engineers at the Ferrari Design Center to take on the bespoke task. Unknown to many, this is part of their day-to-day activity, alongside creating heart desiring designs for its production lines. Details of the one-off Ferrari KC23 were outlined by representatives of its design team at the first of a series of workshops presentations at the 20th Autostyle 2023 Edition + Design, held at Mantovano, Italy in October.

Giuseppe Bagnardi highlighted this latest project in the marque’s Special Projects programme, commissioned by one of the Prancing Horse’s leading collectors. “The KC23 is a bold and extreme vision of what the closed wheel racing of the future may look like. A superlative new take on the most successful track car in Maranello’s 76-year history, the 488 GT3, it exudes elegance when at a standstill and thrilling once on the move, thanks to ground-breaking aerodynamic solutions, such as motorised air intake vents and an imposing rear wing,” he described.

KC23 is based on the 488 GT3 Evo 2020 platform from which it inherits its layout, chassis and engine, designed exclusively for non-competitive track use. Its most unusual feature is its dual configuration, as if it were sculpted from a single block of metal, but hiding several of the car’s technical functions, particularly the side air intakes, which open automatically when the mid-rear V8 twin turbo is turned on. The rear wing is also removable to underline its clean, formal lines when not on the track.

In terms of downforce and cooling, the designers worked hard to retain the performance of the donor car despite the fact that the KC23 has a completely different shape. Body panels were developed and customised to activate automatically when the engine is turned on: the one behind the front wheel reveals a fence, which boosts front downforce to balance the car aerodynamically. The panel at the rear provides the correct amount of intake air to the intercoolers and auxiliary components, as well as to the engine.

The KC23’s butterfly doors open vertically on single front hinges, a design element it shares with another iconic supercar, the LaFerrari. Even the car’s glass surfaces were influenced by the design philosophy, seamlessly integrated with the bodywork, with no visible pillars, frames or seals.

As mentioned by Giuseppe, another distinctive feature is the KC23’s Gold Mercury livery, courtesy of a specially-developed, four-layer aluminium paint. The liquid metal in the paint gives it an astonishingly luminous gleam in sunlight and the colour itself seems to change constantly depending on the type and angle of the light striking it.

The interior is just as bold, pared-back and similar to the 488 GT3 Evo 2020 as possible, with the exception of the door panels and dashboard finish on the passenger side. The KC23’s specific seats, trimmed in Alcantara with an electro-welded logo. Rearward visibility is ensured by a video camera system that also had a beneficial impact on the car’s aerodynamics, allowing the traditional wing mirrors to be removed.

The new arrival took over three years to develop and made its first public appearance between at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and then went on display at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello.

On exhibit outside in the lawns of the majestic Villa Schiarino Lena at Porto Mantovano Sant’Antonio, was the Purosangue, Ferrari’s first ever four-door, four-seater car. But to look back at Ferrari’s history, models with two rear seats have played a significant role in the company’s strategy since the very beginning. Now, in the culmination of 75 years of expertise, Ferrari has created another much sought after model, encapsulating the Prancing Horse’s DNA, where performance, driving pleasure and comfort coexist in perfect harmony. And that’s why this new model was called Ferrari Purosangue – Italian for thoroughbred.

“The Ferrari Purosangue is the only car with suitable proportions to sport a mid-front-mounted, naturally-aspirated V12: Maranello’s most iconic engine, the 6.5-litre, which unleashes more power than any other in the segment, with 725 hp, while at the same time, guaranteeing the most enthralling Ferrari engine soundtrack ever,” stated Andrea Militelle from the audio-visual stage.

Ferrari has also given the Ferrari Purosangue the company’s latest vehicle dynamic control systems, developed on some of its most powerful and exclusive sports cars, including the independent four-wheel steering of the 812 Competizione and ABS ‘evo’ with the 6-way Chassis Dynamic Sensor (6w-CDS) of the 296 GTB, he exampled. Making its world debut on this sports saloon, with its reverse rear door opening mechanism, is the Ferrari active suspension system, too. This  effectively controls body roll in corners as well as the tyre contact patch over high-frequency bumps.

The Ferrari Purosangue has created a completely new segment. Thanks to its modern architecture, it is a versatile car that effortlessly marries unparalleled comfort with the driving thrills that are a signature of all Ferraris. Its sleek, athletic exterior is a radical departure from the styling of other four-door, four-seater cars on the market. The Purosangue is not just an exceptionally fast, nimble car – it is also the first Ferrari four-seater with the volumes to guarantee all occupants an exceptionally comfortable on-board experience.

Former Autostyle Car Design Finalist, Jason Furtado expressed his delight on returning to the event, as a Ferrari employee and was grateful of the opportunity and exposure of being a finalist which led him to this blue ribband position. He spoke about the SF 90, a development project close to his heart.

“The new Ferrari SF90 Stradale is the most powerful Prancing Horse ever, and its first series-production PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle). This model is extreme on every level and represents a true paradigm shift because it delivers unprecedented performance for a production car. Figures such as 1,000 hp, and a weight-to-power ratio of 1.57 kg/hp, and 390 kg of downforce at 250 km/h not only put the SF90 Stradale at the top of its segment, but also mean that a V8 is the top-of-the-range model for the first time in the marque’s history,” he said.

On this model, clients can choose between the SF90 Stradale and a version with a more sports-oriented specification.