Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) the ‘Targa’ Top May Be Coming Back

Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) the ‘Targa’ Top May Be Coming Back

Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) the ‘Targa’ Top May Be Coming Back

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The ‘Targa’ top has been dead since the F355 GTS model run finished in Y1999. Based on the F355 GTB but with a Targa-style removable roof that could be stored behind the seats, the F355 GTS is rare. Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) built 2,577 examples with a 6-speed manual and 529 with the F1 electrohydraulic transmission.

The sketch is based off the F430.

Based on the information included in the patent application, the design relates to a coupe body with a rigid roof that is removable and is supported at the front by the windshield and at the rear by the roll bar.

This is a classic design even from a structural standpoint, the Targa top design patent could be an indicator for the 488 GTS or something new.

Attributed to  the technical director of aerodynamics at Ferrari, Matteo Biancalana and Giuseppe Cuzzillo, the patent is not indicative of the finished product, Ferrari does not give out pre-production design information.

So, we will wait

There are other Ferrari models worth noting for having removable hard tops.

Between the F355 GTS and LaFerrari Aperta of today, and do not forget the Limited Edition 575 Superamerica and J50. A only 559 and 10 examples were produced, virtually no chance seeing 1 of those  Superars on your street or a road near you.

On that note

The Big Q: Why would Ferrari turn its attention back to the Targa top instead of leaving the Spider body style be?

The Big A: The most obvious reason is weight saving.

The Targa top is lighter than an electrically-operated roof, and lightness helps squeeze out every ounce of performance from whatever Ferrari is putting under the hood.

Symbol Last Trade Date Change Open High Low Volume
NYSE:RACE 123.99 6 August 2018 -0.85 123.65 124.3 122.76 797,000
HeffX-LTN Analysis for RACE: Overall Short Intermediate Long
Bearish (-0.33) Bearish (-0.37) Bearish (-0.25) Bearish (-0.39)

 

Stay tuned…

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