While Pininfarina is busy designing models for Ferrari, concept designer Peter Norris is taking a break from his job in the video games and entertainment industry to design a future luxury sports car concept that is "clean, unfussy, elegant and fast." These attributes led him to the Pininfarina Coupe Concept, a front engined model combined with a rear wheel drive system.
Norris’ design inspiration for the Pininfarina Coupe Concept came from the love of his very own Fiat Coupe 16v Turbo with some Ferrari lines thrown in to polish it over. The Pininfarina Coupe’s look is characterized by the ultra low roofline and the accentuated front and rear fenders. The sleek profile is exaggerated further with large wheels that visually shorten the height of the sports car. At the back of the Pininfarina are a set of C-shaped LED taillights.
When talking about his concept, Peter Norris said: "much of my work is focused strongly on science fiction and the distant future, but with this project I wanted to create an elegant and unfussy design with classic lines that could be on the road today."
“The Pininfarina styling inside as much as outside just oozes with Italian flair and really was, and still is different to anything else on the road. Some people have referred to it as a “baby Ferrari”.
Somehow we don’t see a luxury sports car like this toting around the 190 HP 2.0L 16V Turbo engine as seen on the Fiat Coupe, but since the Pininfarina Coupe Concept was also inspired by Ferrari, we’d love to see something along the lines of the 458 Italia’s 570 HP 4,499 cc V8 engine. Not a likely scenario, but we can dream.
Could it be the world’s ultimate supercar? Combining the skills of legendary design house, Pininfarina, with the pace of an Enzo, this impressive coupe was set to turn the performance car class on its head when it was unveiled in the summer of 2006.
It’s the Ferrari 612 P4/5, a one-off model created especially for film director and stock exchange magnate, James Glickenhaus. The P4/5 started its life as an Enzo, but was transformed because Glickenhaus wanted a car that resembled the styling of Ferrari’s 1960’s race cars, the P Series. Designing, engineering, and building this special car was left in the hands of none other then Pininfarina. Their mission was to produce a unique vehicle inspired by sport racing cars with extreme vocations. This was not to be just a show-car, but a vehicle to be enjoyed on the road. And taking a close look at the final product, we have to admit they managed to do more than that.
UPDATE 01/06/2011: Check out the latest testing video for the Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina after the jump!
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Lancia may not be the first brand you associate with a supercar – it may not even be the ninth or tenth brand you’d think of – but the truth sometimes is stranger than what people think.
And the truth is, Lancia is making a supercar – they’re calling it the Stratos – and with the help of noted coachbuilder, Pininfarina, we may see a whole lot more of the car in the coming future.
For now, we’re going to settle for this video of the Stratos, which, at this point, is probably still a prototype, being taken for a quick run around the track by no less than Michael Stoschek, the man behind the entire project. We don’t even need to understand German to know that there seems to be a lot of expectations directed at this car, especially considering that the Stratos is pretty much a mini version of a Ferrari 430 Scuderia with the car’s engine being a Ferrari V8 and its chassis based on the aforementioned Prancing Horse sports car.
Like we said, we’re going to run off a lot more models of supercars before we come across the Stratos, but for what it’s worth, this Lancia/Pininfarina project should be making a name for itself sometime down the road.
Pininfarina, in cooperation with watch maker Bovet, has unveiled the Ottana Tourbillon, an exclusive watch limited to only 80 pieces and rumored to be priced between $280,000 - to $300,000.
The new Bovet Pininfarina Tourbillon Ottana watch will be offered in three different versions. The first one is coated in a steel and titanium case and the other two models coated in titanium with either 18k white or rose gold bezels.
The watch has special indicators for time (with a smaller single hand dial on the back of the watch), a seconds hand that makes a revolution each three minutes with an indicator for each minute, big date indicator, power reserve indicator (watch has about 80 hours of power reserve), and a unique 80 second tourbillon. We could go into all of the bells and whistles, but it would probably be easier to hit the jump and check out the specifications for yourself.
Pininfarina is celebrating their 80th anniversary with the unveiling of the Nido EV prototype - an update version of the 2004 Nido. The Nido EV is an electric car conceived, designed, and built entirely by the Pininfarina Style and Engineering Centre of Cambiano (Turin). This vehicle is the first running prototype of the “Nido Development Programme” and reinforces their direction of providing a safer, more sustainable vehicle that will populate our city’s streets.
The Nido EV prototype uses a 30 kilowatt permanent magnet electric motor powered by a Zebra Z5 Ni-NaCl battery, which guarantees very high levels of safety and reliability. When fully charged, it has a range of 140 km and a top speed of 120 km/h (limited electronically), and accelerates 0-60 km/h in 6.7 seconds.
The Pininfarina Nido EV is a small urban 2-seater that supplies the framework for larger vehicles to be built on its platform. No word has been given on when this vehicle will see production, but we think that it will only be a matter of time before we see these vehicles clustered on our city streets.
Pininfarina is celebrating its 80th anniversary with the unveiling of the 2uettottanta concept today at the Geneva Motor Show. The concept’s name makes reference to both the legendary Duetto, but also the years of activity at Pininfarina. The concept is also an homage to the Alfa Romeo’s centenary.
The 2uettottanta is a 2-seater spider, featuring a clean and elegant design and powered by a 1750 cc turbo engine positioned longitudinally, an obvious reference to the "1750 Veloce" of 1968. The concept’s exterior red paint is also inspired by the typical Alfa Romeo paintwork.
The 2uettottanta’s front is inspired by Alfa Romeo models and features a shield made of aluminum and incorporating floating horizontal flaps, two triangular lateral air intakes, front headlights with the latest LED technologies and a strip of carbon in the lower part of the front that acts as an air splitter.
On the interior, the dashboard has a driver-oriented configuration with an innovative approach to the classical circular Alfa Romeo “tubes” that contain the instruments. There is also a a modern interpretation of the Duetto’s perforated three-spoke wheel, with the addition of a shift paddle for sequential control of the dual-clutch gearbox.
The design studio Pininfarina has announced that they will unveil a new concept car based on an undetermined Alfa Romeo this March at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show as part of the relationship between the two exotic Italian brands and will commemorate both Pininfarina’s 80th anniversary as well as Alfa Romeo’s centennial.
The Pininfarina Geneva concept will continue the tradition of successful spiders that have gone from simple sketches to road going automobiles thanks to the two automaker’s collaborations of the past. The only details that Pininfarina cared to elaborate on is that the show car will continue the two passenger open air spider theme. While we would expect to see something along the lines of a rebodied 8C super car, Pininfarina may surprise us by chopping the top off of a turbocharged MultiairMiTo before removing the back seat following the fuel efficient future trend towards premium compacts that is becoming all too apparent in the automobile industry. Either way it is sure to make the Quadrifoglio crowd proud.
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The design house Pininfarina is responsible for some of the most beautiful four wheeled creations throughout the history of the automobile; however the Italian design studio has also been an innovative force, constantly adapting to the needs of the day in order to ensure the continuation of personal transportation. One thing that any Italian based manufacturing facility is known for is an outright sense of style and the ability to instill beauty into everything they do. That is why Pininfarina has just unveiled their latest concept, the Nido, an attractive, small and safe vehicle geared at replacing densely populated urban environments with a low emissions vehicle that was designed from day one to not only look good but provide peace of mind to the occupants inside.
In Italian, the word Nido means nest, however we see the compact city car concept as what is usually being safeguarded in a nest, eggs. Some of the design sketches show the early concept as being a round egg shaped vehicle with the passengers occupying a yellowish yolk like protected space in the middle. So the Nido is a 21st century attempt to solve the age-old high school science project, how to keep the insides intact upon impact. Pininfarina’s engineers have designed the Nido with a separate passenger compartment built inside the concept’s frame and body that is connected to the outer shell with energy absorbing cushions placed around the passenger’s compartment. The bright orange polymer cushions would act like springs upon impact, absorbing the forces exerted by the instant deceleration, however unlike energy storing metal coils that would spring back returning all that pressure onto the passengers, a cushion simply acts like an oversized pillow in a briefcase.
Pininfarina knows that no matter how great a car is, it has no chance at being remembered if it is unattractive. So that is why the designers worked with the safety focused engineers from the beginning to create the Nido city car concept. The Nido follows the traditional rules of automobile styling rules with four wheels, two headlights and a large grill in the middle of the front bumper that almost looks back at you. One place where the Nido concept brakes from ordinary cars is the lack of a hood; this begs the question, what is going to power the compact city car and which wheels will be driven? The most likely answer is that similarly to the Smart and Nano, the power plant will be placed behind the two passengers, however the Pininfarina Nido’s lightweight construction would make it an ideal candidate to be a battery electric vehicle.
Much like its Italian counterpart Fiat, Tata seems to be going against the trend these days by purchasing as many car brands as it can possibly acquire. After having bought Jaguar and Land Rover, the Indian-based manufacturer is already lining up a package to purchase Pininfarina.
The Italian coachbuilder’s parent company, Pincar, recently put its 50.7% stake in the company out on the market and has even hired a bank to field prospective buyers. It seems like an odd pairing but that’s also what everybody said when word spread about Tata’s intent to purchase two luxury British brands in Jaguar and Land Rover – and we all know how that turned out.
Besides, it’s not like Tata and Pininfarina have no history together. If you might recall, the coachbuilders from the land of pizza were the ones who designed the Prima, Tata’s concept car, which appeared at the Geneva Motor Show a few months ago. If Tata does end up purchasing Pininfarina, it only shows that the Indian car makers are poised to become – if they’re not already – serious players in the auto industry for many years to come.
Wine connoisseurs who happen to chance upon the Concorso Italiano on August 14, 2009 will be treated to a wine-tastic surprise as Pininfarina Wines is set to make a return appearance at the high-end car exhibit. After a successful debut during last year’s Concorso Italiano, the winemakers are poised to return to provide visitors of this year’s event with the best Cabernet Sauvignon grown in Napa Valley.
If anybody does decide to hit up the Concorso, they can find the Pininfarina Pavilion at the center of the Concorso near the stage where they can be treated to a mouth-watering red wine experience courtesy of Aaron Heck of Heck Estates, which collaborated with Paolo Pininfarina to produce these classic wines. Incidentally, Heck Estates will also display a number of distinctive varietals from Kenwood Vineyards, giving those in attendance more wine tasting options to choose from.
For the longest time, Pininfarina has dabbled in a number of industries, including design, engineering, and manufacturing. Likewise, the company has also been associated with a number of today’s most explosive auto brands like Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, and Lancia. With the Pininfarina Wine, the company is set to make its mark in the wine industry, something that it is expected to show off to the public at this year’s Concorso Italiano.