The SOFIA sedan is said to have been influenced by the I.D.E.A ERA roadster shown at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. This influence isn't so evident however. It is believed that the SOFIA sedan will be equipped with a transverse-mounted V-8 engine of an undisclosed origin that has an output of up to 400 hp.
Its optional hybrid system with lithium-polymer batteries adds an extra 100 hp. Either front- or rear-wheel drive can be used and hybrids would send power to all four wheels.
Battery power can sustain a hybrid SOFIA for some distance but so far, no details on range or speed limitations in EV mode have been announced. At 200.6 inches, the SOFIA is an inch longer than a BMW 7-Series.
It is also almost three inches wider, and about three-and-a-half inches shorter, with an identical wheelbase of 120.6 inches. With these measurements, four adults as well as the batteries for the hybrid system could be comfortably accommodated.
Based in Turin, Italy, the I.D.E.A Institute claims to have the ability to handle every stage of the product development cycle from an initial sketch to prototype production. I.D.E.A. created designs for the Daihatsu Move and Fiat Tipo.
Headquartered in Turin, I.DE.A Institute provides a wide range of services not only to the automotive industry but to other industries as well. The company was established in 1978 and was started by Franco Mantegazza. At present, the company now has a presence in global markets and serves customer needs in branches located in Europe, South America, and Europe, among others.
The Institute, since 2000, has been with Switzerland-based Rieter Group, which reported sales figures for 2009 amounting to 1.95 billion Swiss Francs. I.DE.A was founded with the goal of offering technological partnerships to automakers with the agreement that it would not put its own signatures to the vehicles that it has designed.
For more than 30 years, the Institute has long been known for its pioneering spirit which is best exemplified in how it approaches designing and engineering cars. It is because of this character that professionals like Ercole Spada, Walter de' Silva, and Renzo Piano have been attracted to the Institute at some point in time.
For many years, the Institute has managed to have a significant contribution in designing cars for a number of manufactures around the world. The Institute has even worked with other companies in other industries like those in motorcycles and even furniture and household appliances.