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PostHeaderIcon Giugiaro GFG Sibylla EV Concept

Responsible for some of the greatest automotive designs, Giugiaro lost its place in the spotlight in recent years. But, even though it stopped working with the big automakers outside the Audi Q2 and some Chinese cars, Giugiaro rolled out a few spectacular concepts recently, including the Parcour and the Zerouno. The Italian firm introduced yet another in 2018. It’s called the GFG Sibylla, it’s fully electric, and it was developed in cooperation with Envision, a Chinese company specialized in wind turbines, energy management software, and energy technology services.

Created to celebrate Giorgetto Giugiaro’s 80th birthday, the GFG Sibylla uses Envision’s EnOS energy IoT platform, which allows the car to become intelligently integrated into the wider energy ecosystem. In short, it’s integrating EV charging into the electricity grid, a system that other automakers have been studying for quite a few years now. The Sibylla name was chosen accordingly, as it references a figure from Latin mythology endowed with the ability to provide answers and predict the future. It is also a tribute to Giorgetto’s mother, named Sibylla. Let’s find out more about the concept car in the review below.

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PostHeaderIcon Giugiaro GFG Sibylla EV Concept

Responsible for some of the greatest automotive designs, Giugiaro lost its place in the spotlight in recent years. But, even though it stopped working with the big automakers outside the Audi Q2 and some Chinese cars, Giugiaro rolled out a few spectacular concepts recently, including the Parcour and the Zerouno. The Italian firm introduced yet another in 2018. It’s called the GFG Sibylla, it’s fully electric, and it was developed in cooperation with Envision, a Chinese company specialized in wind turbines, energy management software, and energy technology services.

Created to celebrate Giorgetto Giugiaro’s 80th birthday, the GFG Sibylla uses Envision’s EnOS energy IoT platform, which allows the car to become intelligently integrated into the wider energy ecosystem. In short, it’s integrating EV charging into the electricity grid, a system that other automakers have been studying for quite a few years now. The Sibylla name was chosen accordingly, as it references a figure from Latin mythology endowed with the ability to provide answers and predict the future. It is also a tribute to Giorgetto’s mother, named Sibylla. Let’s find out more about the concept car in the review below.

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PostHeaderIcon Giugiaro’s GFG Sibylla EV Concept is Futuristic but Intriguing at the Same Time

Electric cars are, without a doubt, the future of travel. Everybody has their own vision of what that future will look like, and that’s where you’re looking at this, the GFG Sibylla EV Concept. Designed around a glass dome of a greenhouse and four electric motors, the Sibylla has the performance credentials of a true-to-life sports car with the look of a futuristic sedan. It even has all-wheel drive and can deliver 279 miles of range on a fully charged 100 kWh battery. That’s not bad, but it’s not all about the range and power of the concept.

Exterior Features of the Sibylla EV Concept


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“The exterior leaves us a little unsure of what our thought process should be”

The exterior leaves us a little unsure of what our thought process should be. It’s got the front end of a real sports car that has a slight reminiscence to something Audi would create while the rear end looks like the combination between a Cadillac sedan and a third-gen Chevy Camaro with T-Tops.

Of course, that look does provide for the gullwing-style rear glass that lifts when the door is open to facilitate easier entry and exit. The car itself is unquestionably long, which does give it some weird proportions but, the more you look at it, the more it begins to look a little more desirable.


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“According to GFG, the dome and rear glass can be adjusted as needed, even at speed, without issue”

The front portion of the glass dome actually slides forward when the doors open and will automatically slide back into place when the doors shut. According to GFG, the dome and rear glass can be adjusted as needed, even at speed, without issue. Interestingly enough, the concept rolls on 22-inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli Cyber ties while the front end gets a stop light. Yeah, that’s right, I said a stop light. GFG says (and makes a good point, by the way,) that it’s there to give pedestrians better piece of mind when crossing the street.

Interior Features of the Sibylla EV Concept


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“The interior combines what you would expect from your modern luxury car, with a science-fiction space shuttle, and an airplane all in one place”

The interior combines what you would expect from your modern luxury car, with a science-fiction space shuttle, and an airplane all in one place. Up front, you’ve got the aircraft-inspired steering wheel with touch-sensitive thumb screens, a large tablet-like display hanging off the center console and a massively wide display that runs the width of the dash. Half of that dash screen operates as an instrument cluster, providing what can only be described as a more futuristic version of what you see in the Tesla Model S. The other portion of the screen displays energy status information.

GFG fancies the idea that a car can be charged at home but also contribute to the stabilization of the power grid infrastructure, so that explains why you see an image of a car and a house on the same screen. That panel off of the center console obviously controls various pieces of technology in the car, including the audio system, energy system, and HVAC system. GFG says the seats can monitor passenger health information, including heart rate, blood pressure, etc.


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“Rear passengers have their own tablet-like display as well as a wireless charging pad.”

The rear portion of the interior is just as lavish as the front. Rear passengers have their own tablet-like display as well as a wireless charging pad. The 2+2 layout provides just as much space back here and prides for a storage area behind the rear seats that can be used to stash smaller pieces of luggage. While it hasn’t been said, one can assume that the rear seats also recline for better comfort.

GFG Sibylla Performance


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“It runs on power supplied from a 100 kWh battery that delivers power to four 100Kw electric motors”

The GFG Sibylla has sportscar-like performance. It runs on power supplied from a 100 kWh battery that delivers power to four 100Kw electric motors. That means – you guessed it – it has all-wheel drive. All electric range isn’t the best, but it’s not bad either, coming in at 450km or about 279 miles. That might not be enough for the gnarliest of road trips but I said sports car performance, and that means a total of 400kW or about 536 horsepower. There’s no word on torque yet, but it does hit the 62.1-mph sprint in 4.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of “over 200 km/h.” Now, that converts to more than 124 mph, but with that kind of horsepower, unless it’s electronically limited you can bet it’ll probably top at least 150 mph, if not more.

Final Thoughts


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It may be a bit futuristic and well out of the affordable range for most people, but a concept like this could go into production with a few changes. I wouldn’t expect to see that all-digital dash and the steering wheel would probably be replaced by a more traditional wheel. Outside of that, and the weird glass greenhouse, the concept is fairly feasible. Should GFG be able to prove that the glass canopy is safe in a rollover incident that could even make it to production but, I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one.

References


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PostHeaderIcon Italdesign Zerouno Roadster Will Cost you $2.4 Million

The Italdesign Zerouno Roadster will cost $2.4 million, $500,000 more than its coupe counterpart. That’s how much you’ll have to pay for the limited-run supercar, though, considering how fast the coupe version sold out with a $1.9 million price tag, Italdesign shouldn’t have any problems moving inventory once the Zerouno Roadster makes its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.


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“Powering the Zerouno Roadster will be the same Audi-sourced 5.2-item V-10 unit that can be found on the coupé.”

While we still don’t know the full scope of details about the Italdesign Zerouno Roadster, a recent teaser from the Italdesign house gave us an early bird look at what the car will look like when it bows in Geneva next month. The limited-run supercar looks about as sexy as you’d expect. It’ll also have dialed up power and performance figures. Powering the Zerouno Roadster will be the same Audi-sourced 5.2-item V-10 unit that can be found on the coupé. It’s good for 610 horsepower and 412 pound-feet of torque, numbers that allowed the coupé to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds before peaking at a top speed of 205 mph. By virtue of it being slightly heavier, expect the Zerouno Roadster to be a 0.1 seconds slower than its coupé sibling to 60 mph. Top speed should still be 205 mph, though.

The Zerouno Roadster’s debut in Geneva is a particularly big deal for Italdesign Giugiaro. For those who don’t know the Italian coachbuilder is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. It may not be the most famous marquee to come out of Italy, but Italdesign’s reputation as an auto design company and limited edition builder is without stain. The company was responsible for penning a number of memorable cars, including the first-generation Golf, Scirocco, and Passat back in the 1970s. More recently, Italdesign has ventured into building super rare exotics. That list includes the Zerouno, Brivido, Parcour, and GTZERO.

For now, the Zerouno Roadster will be the car that everyone’s going to start talking about. It’s coming to the Geneva Motor Show with a $2.4 million price tag attached to it. Better pony up if you want to be the first in line to score one.

References


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PostHeaderIcon Italdesign Zerouno

I think there’s little doubt that the Lamborghini Huracan is an incredible machine. First introduced in 2014 at the Geneva Auto Show, the Huracan hit the scene as a replacement for the hugely popular Lamborghini Gallardo, and despite the sizable shoes it had to fill, the Huracan has succeeded in becoming a smash hit across several markets. However, that popularity has left some well-heeled collectors wanting more – more style, more speed, and most importantly, more exclusivity. That’s where a company like Italdesign comes in. Based out of Torino, Italy, Italdesign employs some 1,000 employees in the production of limited-edition models of high-end OEM vehicles. The company’s latest effort is this – the Zerouno, a bespoke Huracan rocking new aero and a custom cabin appointment, all of which raises the mid-engine supercar to new heights of desirability.

Revealed during the 87th annual Geneva International Motor Show earlier in 2017, Italdesign later brought the Zerouno to the concept lawn at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. There in California, the Zerouno quickly drew a crowd of onlookers thanks to its aggressive and unique look. The Zerouno is the very first offering from the new Italdesign Automobili Speciali custom sub-brand, and is limited at just five units total, with pricing starting well into the seven-figure range. Read on for the specs on what makes this thing tick, and what makes it unique.

Continue reading to learn more about the Italdesign Zerouno.

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Exterior


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For the exterior, the Zerouno’s bodywork is made entirely from carbon fiber, with some components painted and other components shown in a bare carbon weave. The design philosophy was one of functionality and higher levels of performance, plus a unique and exciting aesthetic. Italdesign says the Zerouno’s exterior is the ideal reflection of the simultaneous engineering principle, wherein designers and engineers work side-by-side to find the perfect balance of form and function.

The Zerouno’s bodywork was developed at Italdesign’s advanced Virtual Reality Centre, which enabled the firm to conduct virtual aero testing prior to building the various components in real life. Italdesign also says that the upper portion of the car is modeled after the “Italian Gran Turismo tradition,” while the lower half is shaped by the demands of aerodynamics.

Regardless, it’s more than obvious that the pointed front end was inspired by single-seat race cars (Formula 1 in particular). The six-sided geometric shape of the nose looks similar to the GTZero concept revealed in 2016, and gets several components that use the air for both optimum cooling and increased grip levels.


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“The design philosophy was one of functionality and higher levels of performance, plus a unique and exciting aesthetic.”

Front end lift from that central intake was eliminated thanks to something Italdesign is calling the “Y Duct,” whereby air is routed through the intake and split through a Y-shaped divider under the skin, eventually making its way out through vents placed just ahead of the windshield. This creates downforce as a result.

There are also heat extractors that cool the brakes via vents in the fenders, plus further wings in the front end that create even more downforce. In back, there are further downforce generators, with a new, large wing, plus a diffuser element. Cooling is enhanced thanks to new rear fins and fender vents.

The lighting is extremely thin and narrow front to back, with LEDs used at every opportunity. The lights are mounted in a “floating” fashion inside the wings, thus enhancing the aero’s impact even further.

“Even the wheels were designed to be functional. These large rollers get carbon fiber “turbines” along the perimeter of the wheel, which effectively suck out the hot air around the carbon brakes, improving braking performance as a result.”

Even the wheels were designed to be functional. These large rollers are made from aluminum, and come from the Italian performance company OZ. The design is aimed at pulling out hot air from the brakes, as in addition to the lightweight aluminum, there are carbon fiber “turbines” along the perimeter of the wheel. When the wheels are in motion, the turbines effectively suck out the hot air around the carbon brakes, improving braking performance as a result. Wheel diameter is rated at 20 inches.

“Dimensionally speaking, the Zerouno is a bit larger than the Laborghini Huracan.”

Dimensionally speaking, the Zerouno is a bit larger than the Laborghini Huracan. All that extra aero stuff adds size in every direction, with the exterior dimensions measuring in at 4,847 mm (190.8 inches) in length, 1,970 mm (77.6 inches) in width, and 1,204 mm (47.4 inches) in height. That’s a somewhat substantial increase in size compared to the standard Lambo, which measures in at 4,459 mm (175.6 inches) in length, 1,924 mm (75.7 inches) in width, and 1,165 mm (45.9 inches) in height.

Finally, if you prefer unlimited headroom, it should be mentioned that Italdesign might have a roadster variant of the Zerouno in development. And to that we say – yes please.

Exterior Dimensions

Italdesign Zerouno Lamborghini Huracan
Length (Inches) 190.8 175.6
Width (Inches) 77.6 75.7
Height (Inches) 47.4 45.9

Interior


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Inside the Zerouno, you’ll once again find plenty of carbon fiber, just like the exterior components. The dash, central tunnel, and door panels are all made from the stuff, and the design is a mash up between the Huracan and a dedicated racing machine. We think the mesh looks great alongside the dark grey and black trim materials used for the new seat upholstery.

Speaking of upholstery, the seats get a cool new design, complete with the company’s logo branded in the headrests. Openings at the shoulder level provide the slots for racing harnesses, while the Zerouno logo was placed here and there to remind you what you’re sitting in, including in the middle of the flat-bottom multi-function steering wheel. Just behind the steering wheel is Italdesign’s digital cockpit, but there are further digital screens in the dash providing info and control. Shift paddles are located on the steering wheel, per normal.


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“The seats get a cool new design, complete with the company’s logo branded in the headrests. Openings at the shoulder level provide the slots for racing harnesses.”

And while the interior definitely has the appearance of a dedicated racer, the Zerouno maintains its street cred thanks to the inclusion of basic comfort features like air conditioning and climate control. Italdesign was also careful to retain various safety features like the airbags. This is a road car, after all.

Drivetrain


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Under all that fancy new carbon fiber skin, the Italdesign Zerouno is essentially a Lamborghini Huracan. The mechanical bits are more or less identical to the standard Lambo, and although Italdesign did mention that the Zerouno gets upgraded electrics and electronics, it’s not mentioned what exactly was upgraded in the switchover.

Either way, the Zerouno gets a mid-mounted naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10, just like the Lambo (and Audi R8, for that matter). The same seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is also equipped, routing power to all four corners.

“The Zerouno gets a mid-mounted naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10, just like the Huracan (and Audi R8, for that matter). The same seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is also equipped, routing power to all four corners.”

Output is rated at a stout, Lambo-matching 610 horsepower at 8,250 rpm, while torque is rated at 560 Nm (413 pound-feet) at 6,500 rpm. Properly applied, that’s enough muscle to send the Zerouno from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.2 seconds. Top speed is rated at 330 km/h, or 205 mph. The fuel tank capacity is capped at 73 liters.

All pretty standard stuff, to be honest. However, there is one new component Italdesign is proud to mention, as the Zerouno is equipped with a new exhaust system that terminates in twin 80 cm (31.5-inch) tips. Going along with the lightweight theme, the exhaust is constructed from titanium.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine 5.2-liter V-10
Horsepower 610 HP @ 8,250 RPM
Torque 413 LB-FT @ 6,500 RPM
0 to 62 mph 3.2 seconds
Top Speed 205 mph

Chassis And Handling


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As you’d expect, the Italdesign Zerouno employs copious amounts of carbon fiber and aluminum for its modular chassis, offering the sort of low weight and high rigidity needed when claiming race car-esque handling capabilities. Further handling chops are provided by the carbon ceramic brakes, which get squeezed by 8 piston calipers in front and 6 piston calipers in the rear.

“The tire compound used on the Zerouno was specially developed for the car.”

Making the connection to the pavement is rubber from Pirelli, with the Italian performance tire company’s P-Zero compound. The P-Zero is a tire used frequently in motorsport, and indeed, as Italdesign points out, Pirelli is the exclusive tire supplier in Formula 1. The compound used on the Zerouno was specially developed for the car, with sizing rated at 245/30R20 in front and 305/30R20 in the rear. Buyers even get a selection of colors for the tire sidewall stripe, including white, red, yellow, or metallic grey.

Prices


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As previously stated, only five examples of the Italdesign Zerouno are to be created, with production concluding prior to the end of 2017.

Interested buyers apparently get a variety of options and customization opportunities when creating their own Zerouno. “The five lucky owners of Zerouno will be able to maximize the customization of their cars so that each one will be truly unique,” says Italdesign.

“Go for the optional Corsa package, and the Zerouno gets upgrades that make it into a track-only vehicle.”

For starters, the exterior can be finished in any hue desired, or alternatively, it can get a raw carbon fiber look as well. Then there’s the optional Corsa package, which upgrades the aero even further and turns the car into a track-only vehicle, throwing in lightweight side mirrors, carbon fiber monocoque seat frames, a race-ready rear wing sporting a central longitudinal fin for further lateral stability, new wheel designs, and a competition-spec titanium muffler.

What’s more, Italdesign is partnering with Roger Dubuis, a Geneva-based producer of high-end watches. The partnership includes access to an exclusive eight-piece watch from Roger Dubuis’ Excalibur Spider line, which, like the car, gets high-end materials like carbon and ceramic.

“Pricing for the Zerouno is set at $1.7 million, and unsurprisingly, all five examples are already sold.”

Pricing for the Zerouno is set at $1.7 million, and unsurprisingly, all five examples are already sold. However, if you’re really intent on grabbing one, rumor has it there’s already an example offered on the used market for a cool $3 million.

Conclusion


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The roots of Italdesign can be traced back to 1968, with the company currently offering design work, project management, styling, engineering, and prototyping services. As of 2010, Lamborghini has controlling interest in the company, which explains recent projects like the Audi Q2, Giugiaro Gea, and GTZero.

So the Zerouno is a good fit in the Italdesign portfolio. Framed as a vehicle for “collectors and visionary enthusiasts,” this is supposedly a race car for the road, with the driving philosophy being very low weight and effective aerodynamic enhancements, all with a unique styling approach.

Per tradition, the Zerouno was built with engineers and designers working side-by-side to create something that looks good while still being technically impressive. Italdesign calls it “functional design,” and according to the company, “there are no styling proposals at Italdesign that do not also simultaneously embrace a technical solution.”

“Per tradition, the Zerouno was built with engineers and designers working side-by-side to create something that looks good while still being technically impressive. There are, however, a few problems.”

There are, however, a few problems. First off, the low weight – Italdesign doesn’t mention any weight savings at all over the standard Huracan production car, which leads us to believe the Zerouno weighs as much as the more commonplace Lambo.

Secondly, the idea that this is a race car for the road doesn’t really line up with the mechanical bits. Sure, it’s fast, but it isn’t any faster than a normal Huracan, and that’s an issue when charging $1.7 million.

Still, the fact Italdesign managed to easily sell all five is an indication that these problems aren’t really problems at all. The aero upgrades are enough to justify the cost, and we can be assured that the unique looks are paired with a substantial amount of functionality as well. And that’s great – now we just wanna see it run against the standard Huracan on a track.

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    • No upgrades to the powertrain or drivetrain
    • Incredibly expensive
    • Wouldn’t you prefer the roadster?

References

Lamborghini Huracan


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Lamborghini Gallardo


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Italdesign GTZero


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Giugiaro Gea


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PostHeaderIcon Don’t Hold Your Breath On Scoring An Italdesign Zerouno

Italdesign Automobili Speciali’s first foray into the niche supercar segment has turned out to be a big hit after the newly-minted automaker announced that all examples of the Zerouno supercar are all accounted for. That’s five units, each priced comfortably north of seven figures. All of them. Sold out.

Keep in mind that while the Zerouno does have the beating heart of the Lamborghini Huracán – a 5.2-liter V-10 engine that pumps out 610 horsepower – the car itself has an entirely original body, a design product from the genius designers over at Italdesign. So it’s not a car that’s masquerading as a different model by simply having a different badge on it. The Zerouno is an original work, the first to come out of Italdesign’s Automobili Speciali division that was created earlier this year for the specific purpose of developing its own performance models under the Volkswagen Group umbrella. To this point, the company has actually built just two of the five models of the Zerouno. The first model was introduced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show to coincide with the brand’s launch. The second is expected to make its debut at Pebble Beach in a little under two weeks. The remaining three models will be built at a later date, each to its customer’s exact specifications.

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PostHeaderIcon Italdesign's Zerouno Supercar Is A Home Run Of A Debut Offering

The newly created Italdesign Automobile Speciali brand isn’t wasting any time launching its first model to the (affluent) masses. From the roots of famed car styling house Italdesign, the new marque is presenting the Zerouno at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, an ultra-exclusive V-10 powered supercar that certainly looks and acts like one.

Power and performance numbers haven’t been announced, but in terms of the way it looks, the Zerouno is as good of a debut that Italdesign Automobili Speciali could have had. It’s got elements of the Lamborghini Huracán in it, particularly in the front and rear sections. The similarities to Lamborghini’s supercar extends deeper too since the Zerouno also makes use of a modular chassis with lightweight materials like carbon fiber and aluminum, just like the regular Huracán. Even the car’s powertrain is also identical to the Huracán’s – a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 that’s mounted behind the cabin – although power figures are expected to be different. And if those qualities aren’t enough, the Zerouno also features an accented aerodynamic layout, which the company says was done to ensure that the car performs on the track as well as it looks on the Geneva show floor.

Beyond all the design features and the promise of muscle-flexing power, the Zerouno also creates a high standard for Italdesign Automobile Speciali as it tries to embark on its own as a boutique auto brand.

The design house has come a long way since it was acquired by the Volkswagen Group in 2010. As far as debut offerings are concerned, the Italdesign Zerouno supercar is certainly making a good account of itself. All that’s left now is for the car to hit the road and prove it’s real worth.

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PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Huracan By Italdesign

Lambo introduced us to its Huracan hurricane in 2014 as a replacement for the seemingly endlessly popular Lamborghini Gallardo. With the Gallardo’s successful past looming large, the Huracan had some mighty big shoes to fill, tasked with becoming the Italian automaker’s best-selling model in the lineup. So far, the Huracan has done well in that regard, thanks in no small part to a surprising number of special edition models and limited runs. Now, joining the list is this new special edition from Italdesign, an engineering and design company based out of Moncalieri that decided the Raging Bull just wasn’t angry enough from the factory. As such, Italdesign gave the Huracan this wild-looking all-composite exterior treatment, transforming the Lambo into something that looks like it was plucked from an arcade racing game frequented by Ritalin-toting ADD cases. Only five will be produced, with production slated to stop by the end of the year.

Coinciding with the release of the limited-run Huracan, Italdesign, which has worked closely with Lambo in the past, is also introducing the Italdesign Automobili Speciali brand, so it’s likely we’ll see similar treatments sometime in the near future.

Italdesign says its upgraded Huracan is “intended for collectors and visionary enthusiasts, [and] it combines racing car features and performance alongside type-approval for use on normal roads.”

Sure thing, Italdesign. Because after all, who wouldn’t wanna drive a race-ready Lambo down to the shops for a quart of milk?

This customized Lambo will make its debut at the Geneva International Motor Show alongside an exclusive Excalibur Spider timepiece from watchmaker Roger Dubuis, signaling a collaborative partnership between the two companies. No price has been announced for the car, but rest assured it’s firmly in the “if you have to ask” category. As reference, the “normal” Lamborghini Huracan retails for about $230,000, give or take.

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PostHeaderIcon Italdesign Is (Finally!) Spreading Its Wings With Boutique Brand Announcement

For years, Italdesign has treated us with some incredible concepts, from the Brivido to the Gea to the GTZero Concept. None of these cars ended up making production, but that could all change moving forward after the Italian design firm announced plans to launch a new sub-brand that will be dedicated solely to the production of “ultra low series production cars.”

The new boutique brand is called Italdesign Automobile Speciali, and a big part of its objective is to bring some of the design firm’s concepts to life, even if these cars will only run in limited numbers. It’s still unclear which of these concepts will find their way into production, but the firm’s showcase model for the 2017 Geneva Motor Show – a yet-to-be-named concept that’s only been seen through a handful of teasers – is a good bet to be Italdesign Automobile Specilai’s debut piece.

Unclear status aside, the new brand does have something to tout: a new logo that the company says was inspired by the emblem of the Italian city of Turin, which prominently features a bull. Filippo Perini, Italdesign’s head of innovation design, described it as such, saying that the design was inspired by the symbol of the City of Turin. “In this city, the history of Italian automobile was born, the most famous and prestigious carmakers were born, as well as the ’coachbuilders‘ who made the Italian car design famous worldwide,” Perini added. It comes as no surprise then that the new brand’s logo also highlights a bull’s head – or heads depending on how your eyes perceive – encased in a Superman-like crest with the words “Italdesign Automobile Speciali wrapped around it.

Beyond the launch of the new logo, the immediate future of Italdesign Automobile Speciali could have some clarity in it when its latest concept hits the showroom floor in Geneva this coming March. Don’t be surprised if said concept even comes wearing the new company’s new badge. That’s at least one way for the new sub-brand to make a splash as it embarks on a future that’s now beaming with possibilities.

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PostHeaderIcon Italdesign is Stepping Outside the Volkswagen Umbrella

Design house Italdesign is looking to broaden its horizons by launching partnerships with new automakers and technological giants in an attempt to reduce its reliance on the Volkswagen Group, of which it is a part of. Company CEO Joerg Astalosch made the proclamation to Auto News, hinting that the company would be open to working with the likes of Tesla, Google, or Apple in the event any of these companies are looking to partner with an automotive design firm.

The company’s goal is clear: it wants to expand its customer base after becoming too reliant on working with automakers that are a part of the Volkswagen umbrella. That has been the case since 2010 when the company was bought and placed under Lamborghini to keep VW’s Italian holdings bundled together. Since that time, a majority of the company’s concept models have been based off of the Volkswagen Group’s 12 brands, including Lamborghini and Audi.

It’s a sound business methodology for a time, but it also doesn’t foster the kind of growth that the company is after. So now Italdesign is prepared to do business with automakers outside of the Volkswagen Group. It’s unlikely that it will go as far as working with rivals of some of the companies under the VW Group like Ferrari, BMW, or Mercedes-Benz. But other than that, the company is now open to working with “major players in all relevant markets” in order to diversity its own offerings. It’s a smart, low-risk, high-reward business strategy that gives Italdesign more options to work with as it attempts to increase its own business portfolio.

There’s no word yet on what company Italdesign has already teamed up with, but with this new direction, it’s exciting to see what the design house is capable of if, say, Apple jumps on board and asks Italdesign to develop the look of its future autonomous vehicle.

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PostHeaderIcon Italdesign Giugiaro Gea

In February 2015, Italdesign Giugiaro began teasing a new concept car for the Geneva Auto Show, and now with the show upon us, we have all of the details on this new model. Dubbed the Gea, this ultra-luxurious, futuristic rig shows what the future may hold for the automotive realm, specifically in terms of autonomous driving and EV technology. Unfortunately, this is simply a concept that has no production plans as of March 4, 2015.

The outward appearance of the Gea is sleek and sexy, but also pretty basic at the same time. The interior, on the other hand, is filled with all sorts of goodies, which shows that this model is all about moving people as comfortably as possible. As with all concepts, this model requires a grain of salt, as many of the features will likely never be part of a production vehicle, but there are some elements that I can see making their way onto a production car in the not-too-distant future.

Continue reading for my full review of the Italdesign Giugiaro Gea.

Italdesign Giugiaro Gea originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 4 March 2015 12:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Italdesign Giugiaro Teases New Concept Car For 2015 Geneva Show

Italdesign Giugiaro always had a knack for livening up the Geneva party, and the 2015 running of the show will be no different thanks to this new teaser image.

In 2012, Italdesign Giugiardo brought the Brivido to the Geneva Auto Show, then in 2013 and 2014 it brought the 2013 Parcour and 2014 Clipper, respectively. Now here we are with another Geneva Auto Show set to kick off on March 3, 2015, and Italdesign Giugiardo is teasing a new concept to show off at its 45th straight appearance at the show.

Unfortunately, this teaser images shows us precisely nothing, except the red “G” emblem. Typically, the company is interested in showing off its prowess as a sports car designer, but last year’s Clipper six-seat hatchback threw a monkey wrench in that whole thing. Sure, it was a hot-hatch, with a 298-horsepower drivetrain, but it looked nothing like a sports car.

Given that the Clipper was more of an exception to the rule for the Italian automaker, I think it’s safe to assume that what we are looking at is a preview of a new concept sports car.

The Geneva show is just around the corner, so we won’t have to wait months just to find out if this is anything worth our time. If you’re heading to the show, you can see this concept at stand 2157 in hall 2 at 2:30 p.m. local time. We’ll bring you all of the details once the automaker reveals them.

Italdesign Giugiaro Teases New Concept Car For 2015 Geneva Show originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 21 February 2015 12:00 EST.

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