The Rossa, a back-to-basics two-seat barchetta, is a piece of pure styling research from Pininfarina. Instead of creating a concept car for possible limited production, Pininfarina chose not to worry about feasibility, homologation or production costs. The Rossa is based on the Ferrari 550 Maranello.
Internally called P8, Rossa follows three other Pininfarina designs based on Ferrari mechanicals that influenced sports car design of the past 30 years: the P5 and P6 of 1968 and the P7, officially called Mythos, of 1989.
Rossa, which means red in Italian, is a radical barchetta, without a hard top or even a canvas top. It inherits the engine and the complete running gear of the 550.