Italdesign Speciali is an ultra-limited supercar

Article by Christian A., on February 23, 2017

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.

Even from the start, the Styling Centre and the Engineering Department used what is known as simultaneous engineering. This is a process that was not only developed by Italdesign during the latter part of the 1960s but in over half a century, it has managed to improve and perfect it. What this means is that both the design team and engineering team work together at the same time in order to implement solutions related to style and even determine if the functionalities to be fitted are feasible. It is therefore a method where performance requirements are met at the same time as that of design.

Regarding simultaneous engineering, Italdesign Chief Technical Officer Antonio Casu revealed that creating this model was the result of almost 50 years of history and knowledge in designing hundreds of models. The style was included even during the early part of the engineering process, he continued. This has resulted in a car that is advanced not only in performance but even in safety, he added.

Head of PreSeries Center Massimo Bovi commented as well that the brand used everything in its disposal to make this limited edition model. The brand also made use of the latest in electronics and electric technologies. Bovi said that since this model displays the expertise it has gained, the model also serves as an invitation for its many customers to see them in their facility. Finally, Head of Project Management and Business Development Massimo Martinotti disclosed that the brand managed to achieve a milestone with this limited edition as they had managed to release a product having excellent quality in such a relatively short time.

Further, the release of this new edition signals the partnership between the brand and Geneva-based watchmaker Roger Dubuis to release the exclusive eight-piece and celebrated Excalibur Spider wristwatch. This limited edition will be manufactured at the brand’s facility located in Moncalieri, the same facility where it was created and designed.

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After announcing the launch of the new “Italdesign Automobili Speciali” brand, the Moncalieri-based company presents its first ultra-limited series car with only five units to be built by the end of 2017.

Intended for collectors and visionary enthusiasts, it combines racing car features and performance alongside type-approval for use on normal roads.

Developed around a modular chassis in carbon fibre and aluminium, this special car boasts a powerful naturally aspirated 5.2 litre V10 engine which enables 0-100 km/h acceleration in just 3.2 seconds, together with a top speed in excess of 330 km/h. The bodywork is entirely in carbon fibre. The car measures 4847 millimetres in length by 1970 millimetres in width by 1204 millimetres in height.

"The exterior is characterised by the two sides of the same medal," said Filippo Perini, Head of Innovation Design : "above the tornado line, outlines are distinctly softer and smoother in keeping with the Italian Gran Turismo tradition. The lower part is modelled from aerodynamics. To achieve the performances we had in mind, we had to dare beyond all limits from styling and even purely technical points of view. The outcome ensures extremely high impact without ever being design for design's sake”.

Right from the first style draft, the Styling Centre and the Engineering Department implemented what is defined as simultaneous engineering, a work method developed and perfected by Italdesign way back at the end of the 1960s and constantly improved over the company's fifty-year history.

Designers and engineers work almost simultaneously to carry forward styling solutions and functional-feasibility checks until an ideal compromise is achieved that meets design and performance requirements alike.

“The development of the one-off was based on the know-how achieved in the designing of hundreds of cars in our 49-years history – Italdesign Chief Technical Officer Antonio Casu, said. “To reach the timing target we applied the latest CAx and Simulation Technologies. Styling has been integrated since the very beginning with early engineering and production processes. All this allowed us to produce a state-of-the-art car in terms of performance and safety.”

“We put it our best skills into the production of the first car – Massimo Bovi, Head of PreSeries Center added – using some of the finest productions methods and engaging our high skilled workers. At the same time we engaged deeply in the latest technologies in electric and electronics. Therefore this first car is showcasing our expertise gained in our history. It is also an invitation to all of our clients to see us in our facility”.

Customers will be able to customise their cars to the utmost thanks to finishing and performance packages.

“Important for us was to run this project based on our development and production process for Ultra Low Series Cars – Massimo Martinotti, Head of Project Management and Business Development, stated. With this and a precise milestone tracking we achieve an outstanding quality and a very short time to market. We think that we can set with this process as a benchmark that we are looking forward to repeating for all current or future OEM customers”.

The world launch of the car signs also a collaboration between Italdesign and Geneva watchmaker Roger Dubuis to create an exclusive eight-piece, proudly Italian collection of the brand’s iconic Excalibur Spider wristwatch.

The car was conceived, designed and built in Italy in the Italdesign factory in Moncalieri (Turin).

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