Effeffe’s Berlinetta is a Brand New Sports Car With 1960’s Italian Flair
the effeffe ‘berlinetta’ is a brand new sports car, not a relic that has spent 60 years beneath a cover in some barn in the italian countryside. the vintage-styled modern classic was built by the frigorio brothers with 3D modelling from solidworks, and was in development for a number of years.
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effeffe car’s founding-family-members, leonardo and vittorio frigerio, developed a love for fast, beautiful racing cars around europe. visiting iconic venues like the nürburgring and monza, and the fierce competition, made lifelong memories for them. but what the brothers’ really took away from their experiences was a well-rounded appreciation for the automobiles, and the meticulous craftsmanship behind them.
together they have created a hand-built, two-door aluminum coupé that could easily be mistaken for a classic, 1960s italian GT. the ‘berlinetta’ recalls a number of italy’s iconic race and road cars from the 50s and 60s, suchlike the alfa romeo ‘1900 SS zagato‘, or the ferrari ‘250 GT berlinetta SWB’, without paying homage to any specific one. while their approach includes the passion and techniques of a bygone era, the brothers haven’t abandoned modern technology. effeffe used on solidworks CAD systems in developing the rigid, lightweight steel tube frame of the 1,742 lb (790 kg) sports car.
the two-seat interior is every bit as attractive as the exterior, with hand-crafted matteograssi tan leather adorning the seats,dashboard, door panels, and transmission tunnel. the driver’s hands feel a warm, mahogany nardi steering wheel and the intuitive gear lever, while their foot controls the sports car with adjustable aluminum pedals hovering just above the wool carpet. the ‘berlinetta’s’ round-faced instrument panel features toggle switches and jaeger gauges.
the drivetrain on the effeffe ‘berlinetta’ is classic italian, using a front-mid-mounted alfa romeo twin cam four-cylinder, which originally dates back to 1971. naturally, the two-liter unit is coupled to a five speed manual gearbox, and two weber DCOE carburetors boost the power figures to 180 horsepower at 6,500 rpm.