Today patent drawings were published on the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s website that show a LaFerrari with slightly altered styling. According to Motor1, the drawings were penned by head of Ferrari design Falvio Manzoni, raising questions as to what they could be of.
The vehicle is clearly based on the LaFerrari but features a revised front end with an oval-shaped grille opening, a different lower intake section and very thin LED light strips for headlights. The side profile sees a return to LaFerrari form for the most part, but the rear is entirely different than the hypercar and features a thin horizontal element connecting to the two taillamps. There’s also dual quadrilateral exhaust tips and a different rear diffuser.
Ferrari is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2017 and will mark the occasion with a year of celebrations and special vehicle debuts. It kicked off the celebrations with the launch of the LaFerrari Aperta and the debut of its 70 race-inspired special paintjobs late last year and will apparently continue them with this special model. It’s also possible this is a one-off car built for a very wealthy Ferrari customer, similar to the 458MM Speciale and the SP275 Competizione.
Another possibility, though one that seems much less likely than the aforementioned scenario, is that this is a sucessor to the Ferrari Enzo-based Maserati MC12. We see a bit of the Maserati Birdcage 75th Anniversary concept from 2005 in this drawing and the oval-shaped grille isn’t dissimilar from historic Maseratis such as its Tipo racecars from the 1960s. Other touches, such as the exhaust tips and directional wheels, really don’t seem like styling choice Ferrari would make, further adding to our suspicions that this could be an MC12 successor.
Considering Ferrari’s 70th anniversary is this year, it seems plausible that what we’re looking at is a special take on the LaFerrari of some sort. It could be slated for a debut at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show in March, but it’s impossible to say at this point. All we know is we like what we see and we can’t wait to (hopefully) see what this car looks like once it reaches fruition.