Once upon a time, cars with a retractable roof would be much less stiff than their fixed-roof counterparts. This is because the roof would typically serve as a structural component holding the car’s heavy front and rear ends together, so without it, the whole thing would become much more flexible.
Today, however, automakers have found ways to make their structures so stiff that non-fixed roof models retain the same torsional rigidity as their coupe counterparts. This includes Ferrari, who used a mixed material aluminum alloy architecture in the 488 Spider to ensure the supercar’s performance was on par with the closed roof variant.
Ferrari recently brought some cameras into their Maranello, Italy-based factory to detail the production process of this notably stiff architecture. They briefly documented the build process of the 488 Spider’s spaceframe from beginning to end, giving us a rare look into their highly advanced Carrozzeria Scaglietti manufacturing facility.
Check it out in the video above.