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How Frank Stephenson turned the Ferrari 360 into the F430

Back in the early 2000s, Ferrari knew its next generation of V-8 supercars would still be based on the 1999 360's chassis, and so Pininfarina's design team was asked to use an evolutionary approach instead of a daring, clean-sheet design. The 2004 F43o project landed on Frank Stephenson's table, who decided to spice up the lines of Goran Popović's rather clean 360 Modena. In fact, the American designer mostly known for the first BMW Mini, the original BMW X5, the Maserati MC12, and the McLaren P1 found the 360's exterior to be "a bit soft, as if they left it in the oven for too long.”


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