Italdesign Giugiaro Parcour Concept live at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on March 7, 2013

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.

The exterior design of the Parcour is a bit reminiscent of the Lancia Stratos. The vehicle has carbon fiber doors that open upward. This is a true concept car style so it’s quite expected that cameras replace the side and rear-view mirrors.

The seats of the Parcour are fixed but the steering wheel and pedals can be adjusted. Italdesign said that as this is a GT, three bags can be accommodated in the space at the back of the seats. The Parcour uses an advanced suspension that’s dubbed as the “pushrod 2.0.” This means that potholes and bad roads would not be an issue for this model.4

New Giugiaro concept – constructed using aluminum and carbon fiber as primary materials -- features an exterior design shaped by carefully analyzing both the technical and aerodynamic requirements as well as by considering on-board comfort.

Wrapped in the classic Giugiaro Red color, the concept is provided with two characteristic attributes. One of these is the A pillar that has been detached from the windscreen, serving as a deflector. Moreover, the detached A pillar also guides the air onto the roof and sides of the concept car. The second trait is the rear pillar, which has been designed to direct the air over the hood, then towards the rear retractable spoiler. This rear pillar doesn’t make the concept more stable during a drive, but also helps cool down its dynamic 550-hp V10 engine.

This design setup allowed the lightweight concept to sport a slim-line appearance in the three-fourth front view. When viewed from the side, the concept reveals a soft silhouette and the octagonal cross-section of the wheel arches. This design – a deviation from the classic-shaped wheel arch -- is derived from the sports utility vehicles, allowing the concept to attain the right proportion between wheel and body at all times, regardless of its ground clearance. Interestingly, its ground height could be adjusted up to 120 mm.

Inside, the concept features a passenger cabin which has a design that is inspired by urban style. For instance, the driver and passenger are positioned close to each other and to the windows, which means that the concept employs lesser surface area for windows, windscreen and rear window sans any compromise in terms of visibility.

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