Touring Superleggera Aero 3 relives the golden era of design
|driving.ca 23 Sep 2020 at 14:14|
Touring Superleggera, one of the most famous Italian coachbuilders from the golden era, is still plying its trade, most recently working its magic on a modern Ferrari.
The last time we saw the firm turn its pen to an Italian sports car, we got the Disco Volante , based on the Alfa Romeo 8C. Now it’s got its eye on an older Ferrari model its used to create a wild supercar with nods to the past, specifically the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Speciale tipo Le Mans race car.
Obviously the big talking point here is that massive central fin, which pays homage to the above-mnetioned Alfa Romeo. There is also no back window, because the first rule of Italian driving is “what’s behind you is not important.” Up front, there are a multitude of vents and scoops, with two large rectangular ports that mimic the exhaust pipes.
Underneath that beautifully sculpted bespoke body is, apparently, a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, even though Touring didn’t specifically say that’s what it was based on. The F12 berlinetta wrapped production in 2017 and was succeeded by the 812 Superfast and 812 GTS; it featured a 6.2-litre V12 that produced 730 horsepower and 509 lb.-ft. of torque. Coupled with a seven-speed dual clutch automatic and sending power to the rear wheels only, we’re guessing this car is pretty fast as well.
Each car will specifically be built for the individual customer, and there will be only 15 customers, making this a very special car indeed. The coachbuilder will need a donor car to fit the bodywork to, too, and after Touring receives it, it will take up to six months to actually build the thing.