Created in the purest spirit of Italian coachbuilders, the Touring Berlinetta Lusso features a three-box layout with apparent separation of volumes.
This is achieved with the redesigned roofline, featuring a change in curvature in the rear are, in combination with the less aggressive shoulder surfaces and the longer, slender rear overhang.
The distinctive sculptural treatment of the flanks of the F12berlinetta has been replaced by a cleaner treatment, with the sharp waist line that originates directly from the front wheelarch – a feature that according to the italian coachbuilder “can only be reproduced through manual hand beating of aluminium sheets”.
The front end maintains the same headlight design, but adopts a different, more classic front grille and an original twin-shaped hood powerdome.
At the rear, the original T-shaped layout of the Ferrari has been left out in favor of a cleaner solution that contributes to the Berlinetta Lusso’s elegance, while the sporting credentials are still demonstrated by the full-width carbon diffuser.
“We devoted time to glorify the perfect proportions, the hallmark of Touring Superleggera design. There’s no need to conceal or overdesign. Nowadays, we concentrate our energy into the most significant activity: the validation of volumes and proportions.
“We keep applying the original Touring design philosophy: the volume defines us and shows us our path” – explained Louis de Fabribeckers, head of the design team.
The exterior paint chosen for the Touring Berlinetta Lusso is Azzurro Niourlague, a hint of Mediterranean sea in a sunny and windy day.
While the body construction takes inspiration from the past, it uses modern surfacing techniques and digitally controlled assembly tools are used in order to achieve an accurate three-dimensional positioning of body parts, symmetry and gap measurement, for a final tolerance of less than 2mm in each single surface point of the finished car.
The bodywork combines aluminum and carbon fibre panels to save weight. Carbon was chosen for the hood, front bumper, skirts, tailgate, front splitters and rear diffuser.
For the best accuracy and quality, every element of CFRP is autoclave cured at 120° C, while the hood features high-temperature pre-preg and treatment to resist 250°C.
Aluminum panels are hand-beaten at Touring Superleggera using a 1:1 manufacturing buck in epoxy replicating the zero-surface with offset equal to the panels’ thickness.
The whole process takes over 5000 hours of highly skilled work for each manufactured unit and is run in the Touring Superleggera atelier nearby Milan.
The Touring Berlinetta Lusso has received EU type-approval under the EU-Directive 2007/46 EC for small series. Only five units will be produced, each custom-fit to the client’s specifications.
(Source: Touring Superleggera)