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Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign to be unveiled in metal at 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is a half-Japanese half-Italian Godzilla that have been gaining admiration from the public since it was announced in June. Now, people can see the reinterpreted version of the legend in metal when Nissan and Italdesign unveil it at upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed in England on July 12.

So, until the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed opens this week, GT-R fans, enthusiasts and even prospective buyers may settle for video and images released by Nissan and Italdesign. Designed and develop to commemorate the 50th anniversaries of both the Nissan GT-R and Italdesign. The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is still in its prototype form, and the one that will be unveiled at Goodwood could serve as base for an extremely limited run of hand-built production Godzillas.

Italdesign is offering to build customer versions of the GT-R50 prototype, as produced according to the taste and preferences of clients. No more than 50 examples are planned to be built. Each example of this ultra-limited supercar could fetch a price of around EUR900,000 ($1.05 million).

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Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is a half-Japanese, half-Italian Godzilla prototype

This car is certainly a Nissan GT-R, judging from a number of design cues typical of the legendary Godzilla of the automotive world. However, it looks distinctly different; it is as if this GT-R was released from its limits. A product of the collaboration between Nissan and Italdesign, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is all set to be unveiled in metal in Europe in July 2018.

For now, GT-R fans and enthusiasts could feast on the video and images released by Nissan and Italdesign. This ultra-limited GT-R prototype commemorates the 50th anniversaries of both the Nissan GT-R and Italdesign.

Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president for global design, remarked that the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign celebrates two big moments that intersect at the same window of time -- 50 years of Italdesign shaping the auto world as well as 50 years of Nissan delivering excitement with the GT-R. He called Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign as a GT-R without limits.

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Italdesign Zerouno Duerta combines supercar performance with open-top experience

The Italdesign Zerouno supercar surprised the 2017 Geneva Motor Show with an aerodynamic carbon fiber body and a race-spec rear wing with a central longitudinal fin. A year later at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Italdesign Automobili Speciali is unveiling an open-top version of the super coupe – the new Italdesign Zerouno Duerta.

The new Italdesign Zerouno Duerta marks the second chapter of the Automobili Speciali project that was launched in 2017. It all started with the Zerouno exclusive ultra-low series coupes, of which five models sold in a few months after they were presented. The moniker Duerta is derived from ‘duerta’ of Piedmontese dialect that means ‘open’ – referring to the open-top nature of the second Zerouno model.

According to Jorg Astalosch, chief executive of Italdesign, the huge success of the Zerouno coupe was only the beginning. Likewise, the Zerouno Duerta won’t be the last, as the brand Automobili Speciali is all-set to continue beyond this targa-top model. The unveiling of the Zerouno Duerta at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show is a fitting way to celebrate Italdesign's 50th anniversary year while further proving the company’s 'Best is Next' motto.

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Italdesign celebrates 50th anniversary with the Zerouno Roadster

You probably are still reeling from the memory of having seen the $1.6 million Italdesign Zerouno Coupe last year. If you really wanted one and got disappointed when the coupe sold out in just a few months, you’re in luck as there will soon be a roadster version. The coupe was quite unforgettable. Here’s a brief description of it.

Its body was made with mostly carbon fiber, and under its hood is an Audi sourced 5.2 liter V10 that produces as much as 610 horsepower (449 kilowatts) and 413 pound-feet (560 Newton-metres) of torque. And in 3.2 seconds, it is able to sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour), before continuing on to hit a top speed of 205 miles per hour (330 kilometers per hour).

If you really wanted to get the Zerouno coupe but missed out, there is nothing to worry about, as Italdesign recently published a sexier, topless version of it. It will make its way to Geneva next month. We expect the Zerouno convertible to have pretty much the same style elements as the original coupe version, with the same performance too.

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For decades, people have been toying with the idea of cars being able to fly in the sky. There have been several concepts presented before, including cars with wings. Now at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, a new concept of a flying car is being presented by Italdesign and Airbus – the new Pop.Up modular system for air and ground transport.

The Pop-up Concept is a modular, fully electric zero emission concept that makes use of both ground and air travel, thereby helping relieve traffic congestion that has become one of the challenges in megacities. By offering the flexibility advantage of using both ground and air for moving from place to another, the Pop.up concept could become a user-focused mobility solution of the future.

Actually, the new Pop.Up concept is not just one vehicle – but is a combination of two vehicles covering two different routes (ground and air). Passengers will primarily be carried in a small two seater capsule carried by a ground module, with the availability of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) air unit. capsule comes in form of a high-tech, carbon-fiber monocoque. Measuring 2.6 meters in length, 1.5 meters in width and 1.4 meters in height, the capsule could be attached to the ground module for land travel, thereby becoming a city car. The capsule could also be attached to the air module for sky transport, thereby becoming a VTOL vehicle.

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Italdesign Zerouno, a new supercar that features an aerodynamic body made entirely out of carbon fiber with a race-spec rear wing equipped with a central longitudinal fin graces the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The Zerouno also flaunts a pair of lightweight side mirrors, different wheels, a titanium muffler, and carbon fiber constructed seat frames which further help reduce weight.

Similar to the Audi R8 V10 Plus and the Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4, at the heart of Zerouno is a mid-mounted and naturally aspirated 5.2-liter engine which can provide 610 horsepower (449 kilowatts) and 560 Newton-meters (413 pound-feet). Moreover, a seven-speed, dual–clutch gearbox is in charge of channeling the V10 muscle to both axles allowing the Zerouno to accelerate to 62 mph (100 kph) in 3.2 seconds en route to a top speed of 205 mph (330 kph), hence reflecting the performances of the aforementioned R8 in the Plus guise.

With the aid of Pirelli, Italdesign has created a unique version of P Zero tires for the supercar’s 20-inch OZ wheels shod in 245/30 R20 front and 305/30 R20 high-performance rubbers. Also, carbon ceramic breaks provide necessary stopping power behind the lightweight wheels in order to match the V10’s distinct rumble.

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Moncalieri-based Italdesign Giugiaro revealed that it will be launching its first ever ultra-limited series car. This announcement follows the recent launch of its “Italdesign Automobili Speciali.” Designed mainly for creative enthusiasts and collectors, the brand said it will be manufacturing a total of five towards the end of 2017. With this series, customers will get to experience the performance and features of racing cars combined with the usual attributes of a normal road car.

Using a modular chassis composed of aluminum and carbon fiber, this model has an overall length of 4,847 mm, with total width of 1,970 mm and height at 1,204 mm. Under the hood is the 5.2-liter naturally-aspirated engine which allows it to reach maximum speed of at least 330 km/h and acceleration from 0 km/h to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds.

Commenting on this limited edition model, Head of Innovation Design Filippo Perini shared that because of the way it is structured, the brand was able to improve the aerodynamics. The reason for this, he added, was to set performance as the goal, resulting in the team going far beyond what was required in terms of style and even from a technical viewpoint.

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Do you know that world-renowned Italian design and engineering studio Italdesign once engaged in small series production? According to the company, it was involved in the small series production of the BMW M1 in the 1970s, the Aztec prototype in the 1980s, and the Nazca and the W12 in the 1990s.

It has been awhile since Italdesign got involved in small series production. But given its capacities and capabilities, Italdesign is good enough to venture again into small series production. This is the very reason why the design and engineering studio is launching a new brand -- Italdesign Automobili Speciali – at the upcoming 2017 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.

According to the studio, Italdesign Automobili Speciali will turn its focus on all vehicles constructed in its ultra-low series production, targeting a number of selected collectors who love uniqueness. Essentially, Italdesign Automobili Speciali is a boutique brand primarily involved in small series production.

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Italdesign Giugiaro stopped at nothing until it was able to transform two W12 concept cars into becoming the fastest cars worldwide with its systems that led to the highest levels of performance and driving dynamics.

The W12 Nardo Concept is the third stage of evolution of these two cars. It was at the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show that everyone first witnessed the W12 Syncro prototype. Then at the 1998 Geneva Motor Show, we all saw the debut of the “roadster” – an improved version of the W12 Syncro – at Volkswagen’s stand.

At the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show, audiences saw the final form of this sports car project, which is powered by a W12 engine derived from the motor sports world. After its debutt, the concept came into the stage of production development where tough decisions had to be made.

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Italdesign’s Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro pay homage to the Chevrolet Corvette’s 50-year reign as the epitome of the American sports car with their Moray project, which was launched at the 2003 Geneva Motor Show.

Moray, a fish that looks like an eel, is the inspiration for this car with its pure profile that appears to be pulled by drifting tides with its long and slim front lights.

Another design characteristic that makes it resemble a moray is its sinuous contour line that forms the long front portion (a signature feature of the Corvette grill) that lends to a much stronger, more emphasized curvature in the serpentine bonnet. Since this has a forward projection, it is a contrast to the elevated cut-off tail.

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One of the most reminisced concept cars from the 1990s, the ItalDesign Nazca project was created by the famed ItalDesign and Giugiaro. Sadly, this very potent project never made it to production. All can be traced to 1991, when the project began to take shape.

Back then, there were speculations that the Nazca may enter production as a BMW vehicle and will come after the success of the BMW M1. Once realized into production, the Nazca car would have been the fulfillment of the dream of many enthusiasts. However, all that we can do now is to muse over what could have been.

A total of three BMW Nazca prototypes were made, one of which is a convertible spider version. Giorgetto Giugiaro himself designed the Nazca M12, which generated around 300 hp of max motive power from its BMW 750's and 850's 5.0-liter V12 engine. Entering the BMW Nazca is done through gullwing windows combined with conventional doors. Powering the Nazca is a V12 engine from BMW.

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Wolfgang Egger, chief designer at Volkswagen’s Audi unit, is transferring to another VW company, Italdesign Giugiaro, according to Automobilwoche. Egger will become Italdesign's design chief. German magazine AutoBild also reported the move in a release ahead of its Friday publication.

Replacing Egger as chief designer at Audi is Marc Lichte, a senior VW designer responsible for styling the current Golf, reports said. Bought by VW in 2010, Italdesign has been designing and engineering models since 1971 at sites near Turin for major carmakers like VW, Fiat and BMW. VW vehicles designed by Italdesign include the first-generation Golf hatchback and the Scirocco coupe.

Egger-designed vehicles that received international awards in 2012 include Audi's A6 sedan for its expressive design language; and the A3 compact for interior and exterior designs. Prior to joining Audi, Egger held positions at Alfa Romeo and Lancia. Once confirmed, Egger's departure exit from Audi, would come six months after the carmaker’s development chief, Wolfgang Duerheimer, was replaced by Volkswagen brand research chief Ulrich Hackenberg.

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Italdesign Giugiaro has launched the Parcour coupe and convertible at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Italdesign Giugiaro’s new Parcour is believed to be creating a new niche, which is of a high-horsepower four-wheel-drive mid-engined two doors with SUV-like appeal. The Parcour, which marks the 45 years that Italdesign has been in business, gets its name from parkour enthusiasts.

In a release, Fabrizio Giugiaro said that parkour is meant to “move around as efficiently as possible.” Giugiaro said that parkour is quick, simple, and safe, which are the car’s features too. The Parcour car can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds, due to a 550-hp V-10 from Lamborghini. This car is also equipped with four driver-selectable settings that have an impact on the ride height and the engine setup.

It comes with settings that could make adjustments for comfort, off-roading, winter conditions, and track driving. The Parcour obviously has styling similarities to the present Lamborghinis. One difference is an A-pillar that’s disconnected from the front windshield. This feature, just like the design, affects aerodynamics. Hence, it lessens the appeal.

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Italdesign Giugiaro a.k.a. the Italian design company owned by Volkswagen, unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show the Parcour crossover based on the Lamborghini running gear. The Giugiaro Parcour Concept was created as both a coupe and a roadster an it is powered by the 5.2-liter V10 engine found on the Lamborghini Gallardo and uses an all-drive drive system.

According to Italdesign Giugiaro, the concept blends elements from SUVs, crossovers, GTs as well as sports cars. The Giugiaro Parcour is 4530 mm long, 2070 mm wide and 1335 mm high. Despite its dimensions, it can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 199 mph or almost 320 km/h.

Furthermore, the Parcour Concept features a hydraulic system that can adjust the height from 210 mm to 330 mm. The exterior design of the car is completed by the big 22-inch alloy wheels. According to the manufacturer, the concept is inspired by parkour, which is a sport where you adapt your body to cross obstacles in any given environment.

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At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the popular Italian design studio ItalDesign Giugiaro has unveiled a working prototype of how it envisions a posh four-seat that combines GT with eco credentials. ItalDesign Giugiaro, which has been owned by Volkswagen since 2010, said that the ItalDesign Brivido, which measures nearly 5.0m, makes use of VW Group running gear.

According to studio director Giorgetto Giugiaro, the Brivido’s design is meant to “allow people to dream and imagine the future.” Giugiaro, the designer of the original Volkswagen Golf and Scirocco, said that this project is meant to prove that a vehicle that offers amazing sports car performance in an eco-friendly manner could have tremendous technological features and extreme comfort as well.

The Brivido’s drivetrain consists of a 355bhp/339lb ft 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine with an electric motor and eight-speed automatic transmission. This rear-wheel-drive concept offers a top speed of 171mph and a 0-62mph acceleration time of 5.8sec. It also comes with a CO2 emissions level of 154g/km.

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I.DE.A. Institute S.p.A. is on the lookout to enter new contracts with carmakers that don’t anymore do business with competitor Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A. Since Volkswagen AG took over Italdesign last May, it has mainly been focused on projects for VW's 10 brands.

I.DE.A. Institute, Italy's third-largest automotive design and engineering firm, is eyeing the estimated 70 million euros ($95 million) worth of annual contracts with other carmakers.

In a recent interview at I.DE.A.’s headquarters in Turin, Chairman Steffen Goerig said that it has received calls from several companies -- European and Chinese automakers that previously worked with Italdesign.

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