On its eighth year at the Geneva International Motor Show, IED Turin displayed a world preview of the SCORP-ION. This environment-friendly concept car was designed by the students of the Master of Arts in Transportation Design – work experience a.y. '09/10 and built together with Abarth.
IED sought to interpret the true essence of the Abarth marque and to differentiate its identity from the Fiat brand by bringing to fruition the vision of the young car designer. IED Turin wanted to express the spirit of Abarth that’s famous for its compact, intelligent, recordbreaking sports cars.
With this goal, it came up with the SCORPION. Measuring 4010 mm long, 1905 mm wide, 1192 mm tall, and with a wheel base of 2350 mm, the vehicle embodies all of Abarth’s specific characteristics in an unrivaled combination of sportiness and reduced dimensions.
But then, the concept oversteps any current scheme of the production range and it is projected towards the future of the marquee. SCORPION was intended to be an environment-friendly car with a green identity and as a small 2-seater that’s fully electric.
The name SCORPION (from the English ion) takes its name from the positioning of the lithium battery under the load compartment behind the seats. This promotes maximum rationalization of space. Its engine is delocated in the four wheels so that the interior can be optimized.
The vehicle’s very low centre of gravity promotes maximum performance and efficient driving. The two-seater configuration gives the vehicle generously scaled luggage compartment. The concept has the lines of the scorpion – icon of the Abarth marque – and its aerodynamics was given a boost.
The Abarth marque has long been associated with the scorpion. As such, the overall concept brings to mind the lines of the scorpion. In addition, this model has been designed to focus on enhancing its aerodynamics, which included a move to completely cover its rear wheels.
IED Turin Director César Mendoza shares that while it is indeed exciting, there are some apprehensions considering that the school generally joins the Geneva Motor Show each year without having a clear vision from the start of the project that it will present.
This vision, he adds, slowly starts to be refined which then eventually forms once the students have completed the concept. This silent confidence in the students, as well as that of the lecturers and school, highlights each designer’s professional growth.
Director Mendoza further adds that the concept being unveiled for this year has already brought great satisfaction as it has helped the school get the chance to proceed with this research. With this study, he continues, students have been encouraged to create volumetric solutions, innovative and bold style.