August 27, 2018
As reported by Motor Authority, Ferrari has filed a patent application with the European Patent Office for a new targa top design.
Although this does not guarantee that the Italian firm is planning to release a new targa model, this particular roof design was a feature of the limited edition Ferrari J50 model.
Targa tops offer a semi-convertible car body style with a removable roof section. They are popular as the cars have the open-roof feel of a convertible, but retain greater structural integrity as the entire roof is not removed.
A common problem associated with targa tops, however, is the increased air turbulence experienced by passengers.
Ferrari’s design seeks to limit the air turbulence by using a higher windshield to divert air flow above the cabin space. The downside to this modification, which the Italian automaker has acknowledged, is increased drag, resulting in reduced efficiency and performance.