Leaked patent drawings show firm's new design for driver and passenger access
20 November 2009

Ferrari is working on a new kind of door aimed at improving passenger and driver access to its vehicles.

The firm has filed a patent application for a door that includes part of the front wing and hinges upward, so that when it’s opened the occupant can place their foot directly behind the front wheel.

See the Ferrari patent drawings

According to the application, this makes it easier to get in and out of a low-slung sports car.

The design is suitable for front, mid or rear-engined cars, although it is particularly suitable for mid-engined cars, and the application claims the system would be “easy and cost-effective to make” when compared to gullwing doors.

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20 November 2009

Does it look like an Aston Martin DB7 with a current Jag XK air intake or is it only me?

20 November 2009

[quote Autocar]Ferrari is working on a new kind of door aimed at improving passenger and driver access to its vehicles[/quote]

Which proves the owners are getting older, soon the F1 team will be sponsered by Stannah......

20 November 2009

[quote CarDesign]Does it look like an Aston Martin DB7 with a current Jag XK air intake or is it only me?[/quote]

Nope, but a slight tweak to the front bumper and it would be identical to the DB7 with the straight six supercharged engine.

The new Ferrari is the Aston Martin! What a compliment to Aston....

20 November 2009

It's the new Anglo-Italian collaboration for the ageing cocktail set .......

the Aston Martini ;o)

20 November 2009

a. This is a lead story?

b. Creates horribly unsightly shutlike along the top of the wing

20 November 2009

It does look like an old DB7 but that is probably so they don't reveal the look of a new model coming out. Car companies are always disguising their prototypes to look like other brands.

This feature doeas prove that Ferraris are mainly bought by oldies with vast pension funds and this design has come out of their own market research. Maybe they could also design a Ferrari with a cigar holder and bracket to hold a champagne flute!!

20 November 2009

If it wasn't mid November i'd have been sure this story and the picture was an April fool joke. Seems a bit bizarre to me. What about the ugly shut lines on the front wings? Why do they feel the need after all these years to create an answer to a problem that doesn't exist? Just because someone's 50 odd doesn't mean they are incapable of clambering into a low slung sports car. And that is definitely a mid 90's Aston DB7 outline. Couldn't their design department have come up with a slightly more interesting picture to release to the press? Odd.

20 November 2009

I don't think it was a press release. Looks like a patent application diagram freely available to the public, so unlikely they would reveal a future design. Presumably they will make it look better when it reaches production...

At least it shows they are thinking, not just building impractical cars with no consideration for their customers like they did back in the 80s/90s Testarossa and 348 era.

20 November 2009

I bet Ian Callum is having a good old chuckle to himself seeing his design coming out from Maranello!

Patents are used by car manufacturers to swap and share with others. It then allows them easy access to other technologies another company has invented. Hence why this may never be found on a Ferrari, but you may see it on a MPV instead.

20 November 2009

[quote Symanski]

[quote CarDesign]Does it look like an Aston Martin DB7 with a current Jag XK air intake or is it only me?[/quote]

Nope, but a slight tweak to the front bumper and it would be identical to the DB7 with the straight six supercharged engine.

The new Ferrari is the Aston Martin! What a compliment to Aston....

[/quote]Oh! I was going to comment, but I've been beaten to it yet again!

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