Machine Design

Next-generation Ferrari

The 612 Scaglietti, the newest aluminum-intensive Ferrari, has a lighter and stiffer body structure than its predecessors.

The 612 Scaglietti, the newest aluminum-intensive Ferrari, has a lighter and stiffer body structure than its predecessors. This thanks to the car's aluminum spaceframe designed by Alcoa Advanced Transportation Systems, Medona, Italy (www.alcoa.com). The frame weighs 37% less than a comparable steel structure and its torsional stiffness is improved by 58% over the steel frame used on the Ferrari F456. The 12-cylinder, front-engine 2+2 sports car will have a larger wheelbase, letting Ferrari design and engineer models with more passenger space. Full-series production begins later this year.

Hide comments

Comments

  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Publish