A new Ferrari patent might have just spoiled an upcoming convertible sports car.
Thanks to the patent sleuths over at AutoGuide we have another new piece of technology to share with you today. Which is actually not all that new, but it’s mildly new for a Ferrari, which is where the patent comes from.
The patent “relates to a car with a ‘Targa Top’ body,” which has a “coupe body with a rigid roof that is removable and is supported at the front by the upright of the windshield and at the rear by a robust full-width roll bar.”
Now, the first thing you might be asking yourself is just how such a technology as this might be patentable. After all, there are plenty of cars out there that have a removable hardtop that is supported in the front by the windshield and in the back by a bar protecting the occupants from being crushed should the driver do something as silly as roll his expensive supercar.
We, as well as Ferrari it seems, aren’t really too clear on that. But it might be new enough for Ferrari and obscure enough for the European Patent Office to get away with granting a patent.
In any case, the design of the Targa top isn’t all that important. What is important is the fact that Ferrari submitted this patent in the first place. They wouldn’t have gone to the trouble unless they wanted to protect something, and that something has to be a brand new car.
The car in the patent sketches is an F430, which although a very nice vehicle, has been out of production since 2009 so it seems highly unlikely that it would be in need of a new patent. Likewise the 458 has been out since 2015. The 488 GTB on the other hand is a new enough car that giving it a removable hardtop might just be a cool enough thing for Ferrari to do.
Either that, or we might just be in store for a brand new mid-engine Ferrari.
We’ll be sure to keep you apprised if Ferrari makes any big surprise announcements.