Cars Opinion: The new Ferrari Portofino is a big step forward in design

13:32  13 september  2017
13:32  13 september  2017 Source:   Autocar

Ferrari juniors not financially viable for Haas

  Ferrari juniors not financially viable for Haas Gene Haas has suggested that his team is unlikely to provide seats for Ferrari junior drivers in the near future due to the financial drawbacks of such an arrangement. Given the technical partnership that Haas shares with Ferrari, it was anticipated that the American team could provide potential race seats to prominent members of Ferrari’s academy. However, with Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen to be retained as Haas’ 2018 driver line-up, speculation on the matter has been quelled. While team owner Gene Haas has been reluctant to fully rule out the possibility of fielding Ferrari juniors in the future, he suggested that the concept would not be economically viable. “I don’t think we rule it out but from a business model it doesn’t really make a lot of sense,” he said. “There’s no secret that it costs $60m to put a car on the track for the season and if someone gives you a driver and they’re going to pay you five or six million dollars, there’s $55m deficit there somewhere, so it doesn’t really make sense to want to run a partner or a paid driver for compensation. “I think our point of view has always been that we need to obtain points and that’s how we generate moving forward and making money, so that’s our business model. “I think Ferrari respects that and based on that, if there’s some mutual agreement that we could come to we probably would be more open to that.

The new Ferrari Portofino looks pretty stylish to me; far more so than the California T it replaces. This is also, probably not coincidentally, the first time that Ferrari 's vice-president of design , Flavio Manzoni, has had a completely new platform to work with.

The Ferrari Portofino is the new V8 GT set to dominate its segment thanks to a perfect combination of sportiness, elegance and on board comfort. All aspects of the 8-cylinder's efficiency have been honed with the adoption of new pistons and con-rods, and a new intake system design .

Opinion: The new Ferrari Portofino is a big step forward in design © Autocar Opinion: The new Ferrari Portofino is a big step forward in design

The new Ferrari Portofino looks pretty stylish to me; far more so than the California T it replaces.

It's arguably at its best with the roof up, in side profile, where the rear window eases into the rear deck in 'there's lovely', two-box, coupé-like fashion.

This is also, probably not coincidentally, the first time that Ferrari's vice-president of design, Flavio Manzoni, has had a completely new platform to work with.

Related: See the Ferrari Portofino for the first time (Auto Express)

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Ferrari juniors not financially viable for Haas

  Ferrari juniors not financially viable for Haas Gene Haas has suggested that his team is unlikely to provide seats for Ferrari junior drivers in the near future due to the financial drawbacks of such an arrangement. Given the technical partnership that Haas shares with Ferrari, it was anticipated that the American team could provide potential race seats to prominent members of Ferrari’s academy. However, with Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen to be retained as Haas’ 2018 driver line-up, speculation on the matter has been quelled. While team owner Gene Haas has been reluctant to fully rule out the possibility of fielding Ferrari juniors in the future, he suggested that the concept would not be economically viable. “I don’t think we rule it out but from a business model it doesn’t really make a lot of sense,” he said. “There’s no secret that it costs $60m to put a car on the track for the season and if someone gives you a driver and they’re going to pay you five or six million dollars, there’s $55m deficit there somewhere, so it doesn’t really make sense to want to run a partner or a paid driver for compensation. “I think our point of view has always been that we need to obtain points and that’s how we generate moving forward and making money, so that’s our business model. “I think Ferrari respects that and based on that, if there’s some mutual agreement that we could come to we probably would be more open to that.

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The launch colour of the new Ferrari has also been dedicated to this marvellous town: Rosso Portofino . All aspects of the 8-cylinder’s efficiency have been honed with the adoption of new pistons and con-rods, and a new intake system design .

That goes to show how gradual the pace of change is in the motor industry: Manzoni arrived at Ferrari at the start of 2010, by which time development of the F12 (debut in 2012) would have been well under way, and other new Ferrari projects he has worked on since have developed from existing body structures.

Opinion: The new Ferrari Portofino is a big step forward in design © Autocar Opinion: The new Ferrari Portofino is a big step forward in design The Portofino's body and chassis carry nothing over from the California T - which is one reason why it can be 80kg lighter and 35% stiffer. It has also given Manzoni a clean piece of paper to work with for the first time.

Unrelated, but intelligently, the boot has been designed to fit two standard carry-on flight cases side by side, making this the first Ferrari for a long time for which bespoke luggage won't be offered.

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