In the past few years, Touring Superleggera, the innovative Italian coachbuilding firm, has produced a series of exotics which have neatly balanced sports car design history and contemporary tastes and technology.
Touring Superleggera calls the line Aero. The series includes the Disco Volante and the Aero 3, the latter of which appeared last year. These projects that turned Alfa Romeo and Ferrari models into new visions, and each was compelling in its own way. Expanding the company’s Aero portfolio this spring is a new entry, the Arese RH95, which uses a modern classic Ferrari as a build foundation, likely a 488 Pista or F8 Tributo.
The whole body of the car is made from carbon fiber. And, as is characteristic of the coachbuilder, conjuring the past is part of the appeal, matching the unusual degree of hands-on craftsmanship — each example takes about 5,000 hours to produce — with a sort of automotive scholarship.
In this case, some of the references are to other Aero builds: the Arese RH95 borrows judiciously from both the Disco Volante and the Aero 3, adopting the graceful lower line of the former and the grille and nose from the latter. One of the build’s most conspicuous new features is the dorsal roof scoop; the Aero 3, you may recall, was distinguished at cursory glance by a dorsal roof fin.
Entering the cabin through the RH95’s scissor doors reveals a cabin that treats the design of driver and passenger space as compartmental. As for power, the car’s V8 delivers 670 horsepower.
Great stuff, as always, from the venerable firm.