Stunning Visage Of The Alfa Romeo LEA Concept Makes Us Dream
The Alfa Romeo LEA Concept Is A Perfect Design That Match Evergreen Design of Yesterday With the Contemporary Styleby Safet Satara, on
You are looking at one of the sexiest pieces of car design that has appeared this year. Luigi Memola, Singapour designer and head of Advance Design at EPTA Design ltd London, published his vision of the Alfa Romeo LEA Concept on Instagram to enter the #AlfaRomeoDesignChallenge organized by @cardesign.ru. You can see other entries following the hashtag on Instagram, but I believe that this particular LEA Concept is, by far, the best design. The LEA (Linea Emozionante Aerodinamica) mates the retro styling of the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale and Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/2 with contemporary styling elements of the supercars of today.
I think it is stunning!
The Alfa Romeo LEA Concept’s Design is Inspired By The Best Racers
Researching about the Alfa Romeo LEA Concept, I actually saw that many compare some design cues of it with the modern vehicles from Lexus, older Corvettes, or even Infiniti. I disagree. Strongly!
See, Alfa Romeo actually had a similarly designed racing machine in the sixties called the 33 Stradale. Alfa produced only 18 units of it, but the LEA Concept does feel to be its contemporary successor. Ok, Ugur Sahin design created a spiritual successor of it a few months ago - called the Alfa Romeo Nivola - but the LEA Concept seems to be equally assertive.
Apart from clear influences from the 33 Stradale and the Tipo 33/2, I can clearly see some influences from other cars - some modern and some not.
- The s-Duct opening at the front bonnet is a direct takeover from the modern Ferraris like the F8 Tributo
- The buffed up front fenders do look a bit like the fenders on the modern Ferrari P80-C (and an old Corvette, I admit)
- The side mirrors have clear influences from the Alfa Romeo racers in the Sixties including the Tipo 33/2 (of course, with cameras on the aerodynamic levers instead of the actual mirrors)
- The Alfa Romeo LEA Concept has massive lower carbon fiber sections reminiscent of the racecars from the Sixties - such as the Lamborghini Miura P400 pace car for example
- Rear exhausts directly influenced by the exhausts on the 33 Stradale
- Helmet visor designed glasshouse is similar to the design on the Koenigsegg, Appolo, or Glickenhaus supercars
As one can clearly see, Luigi Memola really did find design inspiration outside Alfa Romeo stardom, but you have to admit that everything on it can be linked with the most precious designs from the car history - not from the mediocre designs of today. That is why I find the Alfa Romeo Lea Concept so cool and balanced. It successfully links evergreen designs envisioned 50 or 60 years ago with the novel solutions found on the recent supercars and hypercars.
Of course, the creation of a machine like this is highly unlikely. The most we can expect from the Alfa Romeo is the successor of the 8C. I can’t wait to see that one.
Car companies do take a good look at the response any beautiful rendering gets online. I am sure that someone from Alfa will explore everything written about the new Alfa renderings on this cardesign.ru online competition and he/she may even take a look at this article. Well, Alfa, if you do, I have a request - give us the GTV, give us some insane high-end supercar, give us one more SUV, and give us a new hatchback. Do it quickly!
Read our full review on the 1967 - 1969 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale.
Read our full review on the 1968 Alfa Romeo T33/2 ‘Daytona’.