The F12berlinetta is an exciting car in its own right, but Ferrari made it even more special with the one-off F12 TRS taking inspiration from the 1957 250 Testa Rossa. Maranello’s berlinetta has once again served as the donor car for a special retro build, only this time it represents the work of an Italian coachbuilder. Touring Superleggera has reimagined the V12-powered grand tourer with a design that harkens back to the glory days of coachbuilding with influences from 1930 race cars.
The makers of the stunning Mini Superleggera concept and the lesser-known Artega Scalo Superelletra are back with a rebodied F12berlinetta with carbon fiber panels to shave off nearly 150 kilograms (331 pounds) over the donor car. The massive central fin extending towards the end of the car doesn’t actually serve an aerodynamic purpose as it’s there only to evoke the spirit of sleek streamliners of the 1930s.
The idea behind the car’s styling was to avoid “jarring, heavily angular architecture in favor of more sweeping, harmonious, but well-defined curves.” At the front, the meaner air intake setup lends the Aero 3 a visibly more aggressive design compared to the F12berlinetta while feeding air to the same 6.3-liter V12.
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The naturally aspirated powerhouse is carried over with 730 hp and 690 Nm (509 Nm), enough for a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) run in 3.1 seconds and a top speed estimated at 211 mph (340 km/h). The performance numbers mirror those of the standard F12 in a car extended in length by nearly 200 mm (7.9 inches).
Touring Superleggera says that aside from retaining the frame chassis and running gear, they also kept all of the other mechanical, electrical, and electronic bits. Interestingly, the Ferrari F12berlinetta isn’t actually mentioned at all in the press release, with the coachbuilder saying the Aero 3’s donor car is a “premier Italian supercar.”
Only 15 cars will be converted, and while the company doesn’t say how much the Aero 3 costs, it does mention it takes up to six months to deliver the finished car.