Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Ferrari 360 Modena and F430

I understand that it is difficult to design the body of a mid-engined sports car. If "form followed function", then all mid-engined sport cars would end up looking the same.

But the front end styling of the Ferrari 360 Modena looks a bit odd to me. The two gaping holes on either side of the nose detract from an otherwise pleasant design.

The F430 continues this theme with even larger holes, and it looks worse.

I think I've found the origins of this styling theme: This 1962 v12 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM, which sold at Sotherby's for over $US9 million last weekend.

Stand close to a Testa Rossa and notice how the body is stretched over the wheels and frame. Photos don't do it justice.

1 comment:

Glenn said...

I completely agree. These "nostrils" are for me the only inelegant design element in Ferrari's of recent years. I am grateful for your finding the historical antecedent, but I have yet to find any tifosi who likes these things. Not that I am in the income category which can seriously consider buying these toys anyway! (grin)