- Horsepower @ RPM:
Every so often, students from the European Institute of Design of Turin build a concept car that makes its way to the Geneva Motor Show .
This year, Master of Arts in Transportation Design students of the IED are headed back to Geneva to present their latest concept vehicle, the Cisitalia 202 E.
Designed as a concept that pays tribute to the iconic Italian car of the 40’s, the full-scale concept model carries a design language that was described as "sculpture in motion" while also fitted with a rear-mounted V8 engine that produces an impressive 450 horsepower. Those numbers are not only impressive in today’s time, but it’s also a significant increase from the original model’s 1,089cc, four-cylinder engine that produced only 55 horsepower.
As far as the original 202 is concerned, the car is considered such a rarity these days - only 170 were ever produced - that one of those 170 currently sits as part of the New York Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. For a car that was considered one of the first vehicles in history to be built entirely out of a single body shell and was designed by no less than Battista "Pinin" Farina, IED’s modern-day interpretation of the classic 202 is about as real as any combination of old-school and new-school automotive ideologies we’ve seen in the past few years.