Who Designs the Ferrari Cars?

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As of 2014, the chief designer at Ferrari is Flavio Manzoni. He heads an entire department at Ferrari tasked with designing new cars.

Manzoni has also designed cars for Lancia and Volkswagen, where he was the artistic director, and is credited with helping Ferrari redesign its image after 2010. In May 2014, he was awarded Compasso d'Oro, one of the most prestigious awards in industrial design, for the Ferrari F12berlinetta, which was unveiled to the public in 2012. The F12berlinetta was considered one of the best Ferrari consumer cars ever built.

Ferrari has put forth many different car designs from several designers over the years that incorporate varying design philosophies and elements. One such designer who garnered fame for his work with the auto company is Sergio Pininfarina. He was Manzoni's predecessor and passed away in 2012. He is remembered for the Ferrari Dino and 275.

Pininfarina was the first person to use a wind tunnel when designing cars, demonstrating his understanding of the importance of aerodynamics in the process. He also applied his talents to special commissioned projects for Ferrari that resulted in one-of-a-kind cars, including a high-performance electric car.

Pininfarina also contributed to designs outside the automobile industry during his lifetime, including those for high-speed trains and the 2006 Winter Olympics torch.