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.