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Report: Ferrari Working On Vertical Door Beyond Gullwing Concept

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Alleged Ferrari vertical door patent

Alleged Ferrari vertical door patent

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Mercedes-Benz just came back with the gullwing door for its uber-coupe, the SLS AMG. But Ferrari may have a special ace up its sleeve if the latest leaked patent drawings are any indication.

No, your eyes aren't deceiving you: that is an Aston Martin DB7 wearing the novel door concept. But that's just one example of corporate subterfuge, apparently.

The door itself looks to hinge at the roof line, rather than in the middle of the roof like a traditional gullwing. Further, it incorporates a portion of the front fender into the door panel itself. What reason Ferrari might have for wanting to do that last maneuver is anyone's guess.

It's also pretty clear that the door looks rather awkward, even when closed, on the example shown, so it's most likely a concept to be applied to a much differently-shaped car, perhaps a next-gen Enzo or, in the case of a front-engined car like the DB7, a successor to the 599 GTB or 612 Scaglietti.

Advantages to the somewhat wonky design? Apparently, cost and ease of manufacture. And regular, side-opening doors are expensive and hard to make? Ahh, supercars. The less sense they make, the more we love them.

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[Autocar]

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  1. Thinking outside the box here. Why would Ferrari extend the door opening? There is a ton of wasted space behing the front wheel wells (ever look at a Bristol and where they store the spare wheel?). This would now create a space to store a small amount of luggage i.e. Mclaren's F1 did the same thing but at the back of the doors. Just a thought
     
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  2. The original article in the Autocar (a pretty authoritative source if ever there was one) makes it pretty clear that the above description is a little mistaken.
    First, the roof is not involved. This is just a scissor-opening from over the wheel.
    Second, the reason is to improve access to the car for Ferrari's over-aged, over-paid, under-athletic clients. They'll be able to swing their legs through the opening, rather than having to bend at the knee...
    Finally, Ferrari is copying Lamborghini!
     
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  3. Mercedes-Benz just came back with the gullwing door for its uber-coupe, the SLS AMG. But Ferrari may have a special ace up its sleeve if the latest leaked patent drawings are any indication.
     
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