Pininfarina is set to unveil the four-seat Cambiano coupe at the Geneva Auto Show next month. Aside from the range-extended plug-in diesel hybrid powertrain, the concept also has an electric motor for each wheel. Each of these motors delivers 60kW that peaks at 150kW for short periods, which equates to a maximum of 816 hp.
A small diesel-fueled turbine drives the wheels or recharges the batteries. The drivetrain provides supercar-performance with carbon dioxide emissions of only 45 grams per kilometer. Pininfarina reveals that the vehicle has a range of 800 kilometers, which includes 205 kilometers when running in pure electric mode. It has a top speed of 250 kph with short-time peaks at 275 kph. It can accelerate to 100 kph from a standstill in just 4.2 seconds.
The weight of the Cambiano's turbine is only half of an internal combustion engine providing an equivalent 50kW/68hp power, according to Andrea Maria Benedetto, who is the head of product and process development at Pininfarina.
She further explained that they chose to utilize diesel for the turbine due to the clean emissions which they could consider as a future Euro 7 compliant powertrain. Moreover, she also stated that the turbines are not ideal for use to run a passenger vehicle, but is suitable when used with an electricity generator. Benedetto previously was a product engineer at Fiat and Toyota Europe.
The Cambiano has no B-pillar. On the passenger side, it has two doors, while the driver's side has one long door. The passenger compartment is made with carbon fiber. It has aluminum sub-frames in the back and front in order to carry the powertrain, batteries and suspension systems. Certain portions of the interior are covered with oak wood, which was recycled from the Italian lagoon where the city of Venice is located. These interior parts include the fascia, lower part of the door panels and the floor.
At first glance, you can already see the Pininfarina Cambiano’s true character. Starting from the doors’ unconventional layout, the car already gives a great impression. On the driver's side, it is a sports coupe featuring a single door, yet on the passenger’s side, it has two doors that open with no central pillar from the center. This simplifies access to the car and makes the most of its spacious and luminous passenger compartment.
What’s more, the Cambiano reflects total consistency between each exterior and interior design detail, as well as between its colors, its materials, and its use of technology. Formal harmony and elegance blend in terms of complementary values such as balance and contrast, full and empty, solid and transparent. Where the Cambiano is concerned, simplicity and formal purity are elements of iconic design.
Additionally, the car’s proportions convey fluidity and dynamism, thanks to its low-tapered front and light, fleeting rear-mounted cabin. Its body, meanwhile, is of simple and solid volume, boasting large and firm but sensual surfaces. The body is also enhanced by an innovative golden grey color as well as by iridescent blue reflections that were specifically developed by Standox for this project.
There are also metal inserts in the car’s sides that are basically its new interpretation of decorative moldings and these continue all the way to the side glazing while incorporating the doors’ lighting and opening functions. Moreover, the car’s large honeycomb roof looks transparent and ethereal, as well as imparts a sense of elegant refinement and solidity.
As for the Cambiano’s front, it features a clean and essential design, returning to a typically Pininfarina motif, where headlights are incorporated into the front grille and wheel arches protrude. Furthermore, the grille has a dynamic opening that is also the turbo’s air inlet. The car’s LED front headlights are "blocks" of pure and crystalline light. On other hand, the tail lights and the side indicators are nearly intangible as only the light exists. In short, they appear seemingly like magic on the bodywork’s surface. And in Pininfarina’s purest spirit, the essence of the car’s form is the elegant expression of untainted function.