The Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB arguably stands among the most beautiful Prancing Horses in the brand’s stable. It debuted at the 1959 Paris Motor Show as a coupe with bulging headlights, a long nose and a sweeping roof. Now, the company Forge Design has introduced its idea to revive a stunning model with modern touches such as a carbon fiber body and a hydrogen powered V12.
Forge Design calls this creation the Competizione Ventidue. It takes inspiration from the Comp 61 variant of the 250 SWB. These models have tweaks for better racing performance such as a lighter chassis and thinner aluminum bodywork. The revised engine features a new cylinder head, high lift camshaft, tweaked intake, and more.
Instead of gasoline, this model’s V12 will run on hydrogen, according to the company’s plans. Forge Design did not provide details about the powerplant or how it intends to implement this technology. The idea might use technology similar to what Toyota is currently developing. This technology will allow internal combustion plants to survive but with significantly reduced emissions.
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Competizione Ventidue will use a chassis consisting of aluminum and carbon fiber. The body panels will also be carbon.
Forge Design simplifies and modernizes the Competizione Ventidue’s design compared to the original 250 GT Berlinetta SWB. For example, the company did not apply bumpers at the corners of the nose which makes the front appear cleaner. Headlights now use LEDs for lighting. To emulate a classic Ferrari, there’s a leather strap that secures the bonnet to the windshield. The rear window is made of polycarbonate as a weight saving measure instead of using glass.
It rides on wheels inspired by the Ferrari Campagnolo Style magnesium trim. Behind them, are the AP Racing brakes.
It should be noted that Forge Design has not yet built the Competizione Ventidue. The company’s website calls these images “speculative designs and renderings.” Site visitors can register their interest in collaborating or offering opinions on the project.