Fahrradi Farfalla FFX could just be the world's slowest supercar
By C.C. Weiss
May 15, 2012
Look quickly at the Fahrradi Farfalla FFX and you might mistake it for a limited edition Ferrari. Scan a little more closely, though, and you'll notice the thin, hollow wheels and barren interior. Something is certainly amiss, and it's because the FFX isn't one of the world's most exotic supercars. It's one of the world's most exotic bicycles.
With four wheels, it's technically a quad-cycle. It's modeled after some of Ferrari's most powerful supercars, with clear Enzo and FXX influence, but it doesn't offer a single horsepower of its own. Instead, it offers up to 2 human power in the form of a pair of pedals, cranks and gears.
The FFX is the latest creation of MT Racing, where the slogan "Millionaires Snail Luxury" gives you an idea of what's going on. It's the successor to the firm's original supercycle – the Porsche-aping Ferdinand GT3 RS. MT appears to be a venture of artistic, intellectual types (Austrian hipsters judging by their images and ad nauseum use of irony) as opposed to gearheads, which explains why the mechanics of their "cars" have more in common with 12-speeds than supercars.
While the pointed nose and deep nostrils on the FFX are clearly related to the Enzo/FXX, the car isn't a simple replica. Instead, it pulls influence from both real cars and design studies, creating what MT Racing calls an "anticipation of a future top model of an actually existing automobile brand." The brand is clearly Ferrari, and the designers add modern Ferrari design language like the 458-like vertical headlamps. We'll see how accurate its prognostication is when Ferrari introduces the Enzo successor.
Inside, one or two "drivers" sit atop the tubular aluminum frame and pedal their way around town with the use of an 11-speed hub gearbox. Thanks to an even greater transmission ratio than the Ferdinand GT3 RS, MT Racing is effective in making the FFX even slower than its predecessor, a "serious rival for pedestrians in street traffic." It can race pedestrians day or night thanks to the use of around 200 ultra-bright LEDs in its lighting system.
MT Racing has nearly as much fun playing with language as it does with bending the rules of auto design. The Fahrradi name is a pairing of the German Fahrrad, which means bicycle, and an "i" that simultaneously takes influence from Apple's infamous "i" and plays phonetically on Ferrari. The Farfalla is taken from the Italian "butterfly" and references part of the drive mechanism. Rather than something straightforward like a "pedaled supercar," MT categorizes the FFX as a [human] "muscle car."
The Fahrradi Farfalla FFX is currently on display at the Lentos Museum of Art in Linz, Austria. MT Racing doesn't indicate if it plans to put this functional sculpture up for sale, so no word on how the price of a pedaled supercar one-off compares to the real thing.
You can watch some hot footage of the FFX in the video below. Just be prepared to sit through repetitive "vrooms" and other forms of exaggerated visual and audio jokes. Depending upon your disposition, it may be humorous and whimsical or gratingly annoying and overdone.