The racing team behind James Glickenhaus’ Ferrari P4/5 Competizione has an eye on building an actual alternative fuel Ferrari LMP1 race car. How serious are these guys?
Apparently, serious enough to actually release a number of teaser images on what the race car is going to look like. With the success the Ferrari P4/5 Competizione had at the Nurburgring earlier this year - it broke the 599XX Evo’s lap time around the ’Ring, making it the fastest Ferrari to blaze around the track - and the fiery burning session it had later on, the team still managed to take 1st place in the Alternative Energy Class in the 2012 24 Hours of Nürburgring.
With the taste of success still fresh, the team is looking at the possibility of building a new alternative fuel LMP1 race car, only this time, it’s got its eyes set on the series’ top dog, the Audi R18 e-Tron Quattro.
“We’re considering various possibilities for 2013 and 2014," the team said in a statement. "The LMP1 rules for 2014 are very suited to an Alternate Energy Car and we’re exploring the possibility of building and racing P 4/5 LMP in 2014.”
While no official details surrounding the car have been released, these teaser photos appear to be more than just a pipe dream for these guys. The cost will most likely be more than just an arm and a leg, but success comes with a true price - literally and figuratively - and the team behind the P4/5 Competizione appears to be willing to pay it.
The Ferrari World Design Contest is one of the most impressive design contests all over the world. This year’s contest was held in order to design the Enzo of the future and brought together 50 schools and universities (totaling to 400 participants) around the world with many outstanding designs from talented artists. Surrounded by the utmost in competition, the Ferrari Eternita - a concept car designed by Hongik University in Seoul - took home the gold. The second and third places went to design studies from IED of Turin and the Royal College of Art in London.
The Eternita impressed in terms of design, technology, and materials used. The designer developed a 1:4 scale model and paid lots of attention to reducing consumption with alternative propulsion systems. The Eternita’s power, in theory, will come from a hydrogen-hybrid drivetrain system with absolutely zero emissions. It sits mere millimeters off the ground and is designed so that the wheels mold into the body to reduce drag.
The model presented at the event had to measure between 420 and 470 cm and have a width of no more than 200 cm. The specifications were important to adhere to because the winning design would be the inspiration behind Ferrari’s next hypercar. Ferrari isn’t all talk and no walk either. Ferrari Millechili won the contest back in 2005 and his vehicle was used as a design inspiration for many of Ferrari’s models. This year’s winners - Kim Cheon Ju, Ahn Dre, and Lee Sahngseok from Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea - are off to their three-month internship at Ferrari where they will shaprne their skills in the automotive industry.
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.
It’s not hard to imagine what the world would be like if Ferrari did come out with a successor to the venerable Enzo supercar. As one of the meanest and most awesome supercars to come out of Maranello in history, the Ferrari Enzo certainly has no equal – that is unless a successor to it comes along down the road.
In the event that our fantasy does come true, concept designer Peter Simon already has an idea of what he thinks the Enzo successor is going to look like.
Featuring a far more aggressive nose and front end than the real Enzo, Simon’s concept work is the personification of a car that certainly poses a design identity that’s all its own.
According to Simon, the inspiration behind his work was taken from – get this – human and animal bones. Simon took his inspiration, weird as it sounds, and combines with the flair of Maranello to create a striking study that boasts of swooping angles that we’ve never seen from an actual Prancing Horse.
We have to give props to Peter Simon for the ingenuity and the rather out-of-the-box approach to his work. We just don’t think that an Enzo successor – if or when it does come out – would look anything like this.
In 1968 at the Geneva Motor Show Ferrari unveiled the 250 P5 Berlinetta Speciale, a concept car built as a collaboration between Ferrari and Pininfarina. It is the work of a 29 years old designer, Leonardo Fioravanti. The concept features many design elements which appeared on later Ferrari models.
The P5 featured gull-wing doors, a glass-covered mid-engine and styling that was low and curvy. The most notable thing about the concept was that it featured clear rear glass over the engine, much like many modern Ferrari do today.
Pinifarina also produced another similar prototype called the Alfa Romeo 33 Coupe Prototipo Speciale.
Probably one of the most stunning concept cars ever built, the Ferrari Modulo was unveiled in 1970 at the Geneva Motor Show. The design was once again the work of Pininfarina, in the person of Paolo Martin.
Built on a 512S racing chassis, powered by a high revving 550 HP V12 that can be admired through the 24 oversized holes in the engine cover. This mid-engine concept was the last in a series by the Italian automaker, the 512 featured a canopy style windshield that opened forward, forcing the occupants to exit through the large opening, like in the Lancia Stratos.
The car is almost flat and a horizontal line separates the upper and lower halves. Unfortunately the wheels on the Modulo concept were streamlined into the bodywork, this made it nearly impossible for the 1970s concept to turn. Nothing opens and a decal covers the motor. The Modulo is not a functioning car, it cannot be driven and was not intended to do so.
In 1969 at the Turin show Ferrari a second concept car prepared by Pininfarina, the 512S. The man responsible for the design was Filippo Sapino.
The concept was built on the chassis of the new 512S race car. Following the P5 concept, the 512S was even lower and more wedge-shaped. The 5 litre V12 provided power and the canopy tilted up for cockpit access.
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Zagato has a long history of coachbuilding that roots all the way back to the late 1910s when Ugo Zagato set up shop in Milan. It wasn’t until 1922 when Zagato built its first body for a Fiat 501. Over the years, the coachbuilder has done coachbuilding for Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Maserati, Jaguar, Aston Martin and there’s even a 1967 Shelby in the long list of models that have been touched by one of the world’s best. In the Early 2000’s the brand was tapped once again, this time by famous car collector, Yoshiyuki Hayashi, who wanted the coachbuilder to create a body for his Ferrari 575M in the style of the famous Ferrari 250GTZ Berlinetta. The end result was the Ferrari 575 GTZ, a model that was produced in just six examples and presented to the world at Villa D’Este Concours D’Elegance, 50 years after the 250GTZ it was modeled after.
Like the 250GTZ, the 575 GTZ featured an all-aluminum body, a two-tone paintwork and 1950’s styling the represents the sports cars of the era. Of course, for Zagato is was the chance to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 250 GTZ and display even more Italian engineering and style to a world that is increasingly plagued by mass-produced cars with little character or heritage. Needless to say, the 575 GTZ is pretty damn special, so let’s take a look at this rare model and talk a little about it.
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