Famous designer of certain Ferrari vehicles like the Enzo Ferrari and the P4/5, Ken Okuyama has revealed another one of his designs at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours over the weekend. You might have remembered the Kode57 Enji that was previewed last year, this one is a Kode 0 that is somewhat similar to the former.
Having said that, by looking at the Kode 0, you will see several design cues that were taken from Lamborghini. Particularly, these are designs by Marcello Gandini. The guy is best known for designing certain models including the Lamborghini Countach, Lambo Miura, and also the Lancia Stratos Zero, and many others.
The Kode 0 has a base like the Lamborghini Aventador, with its "one motion" design. It had been given a set of 20- and 21-inch wheels wearing Pirelli P-Zero tires, plus a more aggressive front splitter and LED headlights up front, while the rear end of the car is a triangular shaped exhaust complemented by a large rear diffuser.
In terms of weight, the Kode 0 weighs much less that a Lamborghini Aventador at just 3,417 pounds (1,550 kilograms), whereas the latter weighs at around 4,085 pounds (1,852 kilograms). Though the Kode 0 was based on the Aventador, it was built with lightweight carbon fiber bodywork with the company’s lightweight carbon monocoque chassis instead, which is how it lost a lot of weight.
Under the hood, there is a 6.5 liter V12 that carries out 690 horsepower (515 kilowatts) and 507 pound feet (690 Newton-metres) of torque. This engine is then paired to a seven-speed ISR transmission. As for performance, the supercar can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in only 2.9 seconds.
Being the first customized Kode 0 out there, Okuyama still has not given this model a price tag just yet. But we are pretty sure that this will go beyond seven figures just like the other examples he has built before.
For a little bit of background, Ken Okuyama not only designs cars. He is also known to design 200 mph bullet trains, furniture, eyewear, robots and tractors. But what makes the Japanese industrial designer internationally known are the custom cars he has produced.
Okuyama believes that The Quail is the ideal place and event for him to reveal his creations. It was also at The Quail where he reveled the Kode 57 supercar. He has earned his fame when he worked at GM and Porsche as a designer, then he moved to Italy to be the director of Pininfarina. Today, Okuyama has his own company called Ken Okuyama Cars in Japan, which he established back in 2007.