Do You Dream in Italian?
In Italy, Leonardo Frigerio and his brother spent their free time refurbishing and racing vintage cars. They worked together as brothers and as competitors, finding, fixing and racing cars on some of the great tracks of Europe. Certainly there were bets on which was better, but one day the two took on a different bet – could they build from scratch a car like the master craftsmen of the 1950s golden age? Is it a dream?
It certainly has many characteristics of a dream, doesn’t it?
But now their car, the FF Berlinetta, is a reality. Their bet, that they could build a car that will appeal to those who lived or dream the myth of the racing cars that ran on the streets of the “Mille Miglia”, the “Targa Florio” or the “Carrera Panamericana” is here for you to enjoy. Or, if you are in the appropriate income bracket, buy.
Hand built on a tube frame designed with the help of CAD systems and innovative programs for the checking of the successive stages of cutting and automatic resistance control, the FF is a very rigid but light frame. The body is hand formed completely from aluminum body. Every detail from the grids, frame strips, door and bonnet handles are entirely hand-made.
The interiors are finished in hand stitched leather and the floor is all covered with pure wool carpets.
The engine is a reimagined Alfa Romeo 2000 and makes about 170 HP. In today’s world of Hellcats and Mustangs making six and seven hundred horsepower, that doesn’t sound like much. But with a Power/weight ratio of 4.38 kg/HP, it is close the best modern naturally aspirated racing units.
The car weighs in at under 1800 pounds. Aiming is accomplished with independent front wishbones suspension. The rear, again like the classic Alfas, is a rigid axle with adjustable upper trailing arms and a Watt’s linkage to prevent relative sideways motion between the axle and frame work.
Visit Effeffe Cars for more details. Cappuccino, anyone?