Saturday, January 28, 2006

The Ferrari SuperAmerica

The Ferrari SuperAmerica
2004_ferrari_superamerica_3q
That's a good looking car!

According to the WSJ, Business is very good at Ferrari:

"At Ferrari, every day is nirvana. The Ferrari SuperAmerica, the rebirth of a legendary 12-cylinder model, is sold out for North America. Customers for Ferrari's other models wait months to get their cars. Ferrari's main challenge, when it comes to simply selling cars, is managing the waiting list for the 1,500 or so cars it delivers in North America each year.

Of course, Ferrari is exotic by any dimension. Its cars are rare, extremely expensive and not terribly practical. The FXX, a $1.1 million super car that was the star of Ferrari's exhibit at the Detroit Auto Show, is effectively a Formula One race car with an 800-horsepower, 12-cylinder engine. Ferrari plans to build only about 20, and offer them to the cream of its clientele, who will be able to drive the car on tracks at special Ferrari events. The company says the car won't be adapted for road use.


As the photo below shows, the car is a Berlinetta:
2004_ferrari_superamerica_top

Turning the big car into an open driver via a rather unique mechanism: TheSuperAmerica's roof does a backflip:

"The Fioravanti-patented rotating roof concept allows the Superamerica driver to electrically drop the top in 10 seconds flat, making it the world’s fastest convertible berlinetta (199-mph top speed).
Backflip_ferrari_s1l
The Superamerica’s unusual electric roof has been dubbed Revocromico to highlight the unique combination of its rearward rotation movement and electrochromic technology. It has a carbon-fibre structure and the boot capacity remains unchanged whether the roof is open or closed too. The glass rear window also acts as a highly effective wind deflector when the roof is open."

But fancy electronic and mechanical gee-gaws are meaningless on a machine that doesn't have the goods. What are the specs on the SA?

"Derived from the 575M Maranello, the Superamerica is available with either an F1-style or manual gearbox. Its big 12-cylinder engine has been boosted to deliver 540 hp too. The new car can also be fitted with the GTC Handling package which offers Ferrari’s very latest high-tech features including carbon ceramic brakes."

(wipe drool away)

Don't think you are limited to just red. The big car comes in other colors also:2005_ferrari_superamerica_gray

 

Lastly, the nomenclature was used years earlier in the 410; So as not to confuse you with the earlier model of the same name:  Ferrari 410 Superamerica (1955-1959), which was gorgeous in its own right:

410sa3




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Sources:
The Ferrari Club
The Lines Are Long for a SuperAmerica, And That's Just Fine With the Car Maker
January 23, 2006; Page D2
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB113779337570352318.html

First Look: Ferrari Superamerica
Motortrend, November 24, 2004
http://www.motortrend.com/features/news/112_news041124_ferrari/

FERRARI SUPERAMERICA
Maranello, 24 November 2004
http://www.carbodydesign.com/vehicles/ferrari/2004-11-24-superamerica/2004-11-24-superamerica.html

Ferrari SuperAmerica
Photo Collection
http://www.allsportauto.com/english/ferrari-superamerica.php

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