A little more than a day from now, we will have a look at the Pininfarina Sergio concept in the sheetmetal (or carbon fiber, as it may be). But for now, we have this official concept sketch to look at. We know little about the car, other than the fact that it’s an open-roof two seater. We also have no idea about what powerplant is sitting behind the driver, although we can reasonably surmise it will be rear-engine based on its proportions.
The Sergio is a completely different vehicle than the Cambiano sedan concept the design firm showed at the 2012 Geneva show, which was powered by a range-extended diesel-electric hybrid powertrain. Whether the Sergio is going to be powered by hydrocarbons or electrons, or both, is unknown. Some other cues seen on the concept sketch is the apparent lack of a windshield, LED headlights, and large, cross-drilled front and rear brakes.
Pininfarina describes the Sergio as a “barchetta” (Italian for “little boat”) a minimalist bodystyle optimized for racing. This could make the Sergio similar to the KTM X-Bow or Ariel Atom, two no-nonsense sportsters designed for optimum track performance.
The Sergio is a tribute to the founder of the design house, Sergio Pininfarina, who died last July at the age of 85. His son Paolo Pininfarina, currently heads the design firm based in Cambiano, near Turin.