Sergio concept car
by Pininfarina


Italian design studio Pininfarina unveiled a two-seater concept vehicle without a windshield at the Geneva Motor Show last week (+ slideshow + movie).

Sergio concept car by Pininfarina

Named after Sergio Pininfarina, the designer who led the company for 40 years and died last year aged 85, the car has no side windows either, but does come with a pair of crash helmets.

Sergio concept car by Pininfarina

A Ferrari 458 Spider provides the structural base for the car, while its body is inspired by one of Pininfarina's early designs, the 1965 Dino Berlinetta Speciale.

Sergio concept car by Pininfarina

A vintage Dino is on display alongside the Sergio at the Geneva Motor Show, which continues until 17 March.

Sergio concept car by Pininfarina

"My father would be proud of this concept car because it expresses the aesthetic values that always inspired him – the purity of the lines, the harmony of form, and balance," said company chairman Paolo Pininfarina, adding that the car could feasibly be produced in limited numbers.

Sergio concept car by Pininfarina

We've recently reported on a tiny two-seater with wings that shoot out to form brake lights and plans to get a fuel-efficient 3D-printed car on the road – see all car design.

Sergio concept car by Pininfarina

Here's some more information from Pininfarina:

At the Motor Show world debut for the Sergio, a modern interpretation of the 2-seater barchetta. As a tribute to the Senator, the stand is also displaying one of his most beloved masterpieces, the Dino Berlinetta Speciale, 1965.

It is named Sergio after the man who led Pininfarina for 40 years and conceived some of the greatest car legends. It is the new, amazing concept car created to celebrate the Life Senator Sergio Pininfarina. At its world debut today at the Geneva Motor Show, the Sergio joins the brand that has so marked the history of Pininfarina: Ferrari.

Universally known as Master of Italian style, the signature of Sergio Pininfarina left its imprint on the whole history of design with his creative genius, from the age of the great bodyworks to modern industry, often anticipating trends. The concept car dedicated to him renews the spirit of the extraordinary achievements under his leadership, translating it into a modern vision in the name of exclusivity, innovation and passion.

The Sergio, in fact, is a two-seater barchetta that looks to the future, very compact, very sporty, racy, pure and sensual. An exercise that Pininfarina decided to undertake on Ferrari 458 Spider mechanicals. Its formal interpretation is absolutely free, in the best tradition of the Pininfarina research which has produced so many Ferrari-based concept cars or unique models now recognised as masterpieces. Its exclusivity and development on the basis of a production car, in fact, sets the Sergio in the tradition of the great Pininfarina custom-made cars specifically designed for "special" clients. It is therefore a real car that can easily be produced in limited series of a few units.

"My father would be proud of this concept car," said Chairman Paolo Pininfarina, "because it expresses the aesthetic values that always inspired him: the purity of the lines, the harmony of form, and balance. Furthermore, he would be happy with this latest concept on Ferrari base, a brand to which we are related by a history that has helped define the most beautiful cars of all time in an evolution that has lasted 60 years and shows no sign of ending."

On its stand in Geneva, Pininfarina has placed the new Sergio next to one of the Senator’s most beloved Ferraris: the Dino Berlinetta Speciale, a unique model presented at the 1965 Paris Motor Show, which led to the lines of subsequent Dino production cars. Since 1967, the Dino has been part of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest Collection and is exhibited along with other historic prestige cars in the Musée de l'Automobile of Mans.

With the new Sergio, Pininfarina confirms its excellence in design, the cutting edge of a Company deeply involved in engineering services, research applied to sustainable mobility and brand enhancement activities.

"This concept," says the CEO Silvio Pietro Angori, "is the best way to confirm the role of Pininfarina as a bearer of the aesthetic values of Italian design in the world and to strengthen the brand name, the Company's real distinguishing feature. Together with design, Pininfarina is highly focused on all the traditional activities aimed at providing vehicle manufacturers with an all-round service: engineering: product development, testing, prototype construction. The enhancement of production assets and know-how is expressed in the creation of unique pieces like the Sergio or limited edition cars realised thanks to unique craft skills gained in over 80 years of activity".

  • prompter

    I see the designers have taken a good look at the BMW Z1 and thought”‘Let’s take the concept of a car door and stretch the idea of practicality a bit more.”

  • burnside

    Interesting how strongly the front quarter view recalls the Jaguar XJ13 rear quarter.

  • monker

    Is it just me or does that car have two rear ends?

    • freethink

      It’s you.

      • whatever

        Me too.

  • JoshuaV

    Beautiful, but why is a windshield an afterthought? I understand most concepts ignore things like side mirrors, but the windshield?

    • Justin

      I think it is just very F1 (look at side elvation of the car) – about the experience of driving a proper racing car. If you have one of these, I doubt you would just be popping down to get some milk in it.

  • Jvb

    The design is very nice. Designers need to put their design hat on, but the practicality cricket bat needs to smack them around the side of the head some times.

  • urbane.abuse

    Well, I hope that the doors can be remotely closed, otherwise closing them would pose a real challenge for a human.

  • schmuco

    A face-full of bugs while driving, mmmm.

    • freethink

      I think I’d like to see the airflow before jumping to that conclusion.

  • Lummert

    It reminds me of the Alfa Romeo P33 Roadster concept – another lovely Pininfarina design. I like that the product is unique while it retains a recognisable Pininfarina style.

  • Dave

    Pretty awesome, but I’d still rather have the Bat Mobile.