Ferrari Files a Patent for a Central Pillar

Ferrari has filed a patent for a C-shaped Central Pillar, which serves as additional strength to the car roof.

The protective halo was inspired by the frames that recently appeared in Formula 1 cars. The Ferrari patent describes a structural pillar that runs down the center to the windshield, splitting it in half. There are two ways to place a structural element: outside and inside the car. In the first case, wiper blades could be hidden by the pillar.

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In the accompanying documents, Ferrari explains that the new element will make the front pillars of the car narrower and improve visibility for a driver. At the same time, some elements from the lower part of the cockpit can be transferred to the upper central pillar – for example, an air conditioning system, speakers, and more. The patent also states that this design can be used in cars with a hard roof, and in convertibles with a sunshine roof.

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