Alcoa Selected to Collaborate With Ferrari On Next-Generation Aluminum Space Frame
The 612 Scaglietti, introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI, this week, is the newest aluminum-intensive Ferrari. The 612′s spaceframe, developed with Alcoa Advanced Transportation Systems, represents the second-generation of the Ferrari – Alcoa collaboration.
The first was the Ferrari Modena. The 612 Scaglietti’s performance is significantly enhanced by its lighter and stiffer body structure. Its aluminum spaceframe is 37% lighter than a comparable steel structure and features a 58% improvement in torsional stiffness over the steel frame it replaced on the Ferrari F456. The 612 Scaglietti, with its larger wheelbase, also enhances Ferrari’s ability to design and engineer models offering additional passenger room while improving driving performance.