2 March 2004

No, it's not Ferrari's latest supercar. Not officially, at least. The Ferrari Aurea is the brainchild of Italian design studio DGF, produced with the input of students at Florence University, who teamed up with nearby Ferrari to design the ultimate F1-inspired supercar.

Although definitely not for production, the independent team had help with the project from Ferrari personnel, including Stefano Carmassi, who was responsible for aerodynamics on the Enzo.

The result is an undeniably striking design of classic supercar proportions. At 4476mm long, the Aurea is the same length as a 360 Modena and weighs just 1250kg.

Combined with a 360-derived 4.0-litre V8 placed amidships and tuned to develop 500bhp - that's 125bhp per litre - the Aurea has exceptional theoretical performance.

Computer-predicted figures indicate a 0-62mph in 3.9sec and a top speed of 202mph, with a standing kilometre calculated to take 21.5sec.

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