Ferrari has showcased a unique new car created by the marque’s designers to a client’s specific brief
The Ferrari BR20, the latest addition to the Prancing Horse’s One-Off series, joins the most exclusive group in Maranello’s range: unique, absolutely bespoke cars crafted to the specifications of a client and designed as a clear expression of their own unique requirements. The two-seater V12 coupé was developed on the GTC4Lusso platform, which cleverly references the magnificent Ferrari coupés of the 1950s and ‘60s, without the slightest hint of nostalgia. It effortlessly incorporates styling themes typical of some of the most iconic 12-cylinders in Ferrari history, including the 410 SA and 500 Superfast.
The GTC4Lusso’s two rear seats have been removed to add extra dynamism to the BR20’s ultra-sleek fastback line. The new car is three inches longer than the original, thanks to a specific rear overhang treatment. One of the cornerstones of this one-off was the radical modification made to the cabin volume. This in turn gave the design team, led by Flavio Manzoni, the freedom to conceive the innovative proportions that ultimately produced a powerful yet stylistically coherent exterior design theme. The new cabin design creates the impression of a pair of arches running lengthwise from A-pillar to rear spoiler. This modern take on Ferrari’s ’flying buttress’ theme firmly connects the car to signature Prancing Horse styling cues. To lighten the cabin, the black paint of the roof visually connects the windscreen to the rear screen. A muscular rear bumper melds beautifully with the aggressive look of the rest of the car: twin taillights create a visual dialogue with the tailpipes, which are lower and set into a prominent aerodynamic diffuser with active flaps on the underbody. Even the BR20’s twin round exhaust tips were designed especially for this bespoke model.
The vehicle’s many carbon-fibre details highlight the edgy dynamic characteristics and powerful performance while high, sinuous sills add an extra hint of dynamism to the lower section of the flanks. The wide front grille sports an upper carbon-fibre element, while unusual chrome side inserts help underline the car’s dynamic front stance.
The BR20’s unique identity is further underscored by the front grille’s striking new horizontal slats that lend a powerful sense of three-dimensionality. The 20” tone-on-tone diamond-finish wheels were also created for this unique car. The BR20’s interior is no less impressive. The seats are trimmed in dark brown Heritage Testa di Moro leather and sport an exclusive pattern at the front as well as silver crossstitching. The cabin volume runs uninterrupted from the windscreen to the luggage compartment at the rear. Oak trim with carbon-fibre inserts adorns the rear bench and luggage deck, which conceals a deeper loading area when folded flat, as well as the door handles. Designed for a longstanding client who was deeply involved in every step of its creation, the Ferrari BR20 represents a true interpretation of the traditional coachbuilder’s art, successfully transforming an existing model in a masterful and unique way taking inspiration from and paying homage to the company’s core values of innovation and passion. ✤
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