To mark the 100th anniversary of Enzo Ferrari's birthday, Fiovaranti launched the aptly named F100 concept car at the 1998 Geneva Motor Show. Having styled a whole generation of Ferraris, including the highly acclaimed 365 GTB/4 Daytona and 512 BB, it was a very appropriate gesture from Leonardo Fioravanti.
The F100 was a relatively compact machine, combining classic Ferrari elements with contemporary styling. Features like the egg-crate grille and the two round tail lights were all vintage Ferrari, while the smooth yet aggressive overall design was thoroughly modern. Two scoops on either edge of the roof fed fresh air into the engine bay and a sizeable wing was mounted on the tail of the car.
A large glass panel in the rear deck revealed all details of the engine bay. The engine fitted to the F100 was a mock-up but Fioravanti explained that the design accommodated for a high-performance engine like the 3-litre V10 fitted to the contemporary Ferrari Formula 1 cars. Like those F1 machines, the F100 would also be equipped with a semi-automatic gearbox.
The concept car's interior was very straightforward. With the gearbox controlled by paddles behind the steering wheel, there was no need for a centre console. The bucket seats had extensions to support the legs and feet. On the driver's side, the feet-supports doubled as the brake and throttle pedals. The instruments in the dashboard combined the best traits of analog and digital dials.
At the Turin show two years later, a second Fioravanti concept car around the same theme was revealed. Dubbed the F100r, it was a roadster version of the original launched back in 1998. It featured a unique 'multispherical' windscreen; not dissimilar to Zagato's 'double bubble' style roofs. This theme was continued on the rear deck, which sport two aerodynamic headrests.
Ten years after the F100 was first launched and twenty years after Fioravanti was formed, a Japanese customer commissioned Fioravanti to make a new design for a one-off Ferrari F430 based road car. Dubbed the SP1, it includes some elements of Fioravanti's original design. Most notable are the similar headlights and the 'wave' found on the flanks of both machines.
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