The configuration of the type 550 interior was very simple, with the intention to keep weight to a minimum. The car was designed with the main purpose to race, therefore there was no need for unnecessary accessories. Every aspect was designed and positioned purposefully, from the technically advanced single push button start, which is now common on today’s luxury vehicles, through to the Autopulse fuel pumps which were within reach for the driver to fix potential blockages. The tachometer was redesigned from the 356 with coloured bands and increments for optimum gear changing and performance. The gear stick had a lockout box with a gate to reduce the risk of dropping into reverse accidentally when gearing down, while the lever handbrake was activated by the same hand.