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Italdesign Automobili Speciali: Zerouno

Italdesign’s new brand, Italdesign Automobili Speciali, debuted during the Geneva International Motor Show. The new brand will feature on all vehicles constructed in ultra low series production, aimed at a number of selected collectors. Italdesign is thus returning to small series production, a challenge that begun in the Seventies with the BMW M1, and continued in the Eighties with the Aztec prototype and the Nineties with Nazca and W12.

Zerouno. Designed to be light

Lightweight. This was the starting concept that designers and engineers implemented for the Zerouno project. Right from the first styling draft, the Styling Centre and the Engineering Development 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 almost fifty-year history.

Designers and engineers work simultaneously to carry forward styling solutions and functional-feasibility checks until an ideal compromise is achieved that meets design and performance requirements alike. Functional design has always distinguished projects set in motion and developed in Moncalieri: there are no styling proposals at Italdesign that do not also simultaneously embrace a technical solution.

Beauty is the beast

Simultaneous engineering is ideally expressed by the exterior design. These two souls live together in complete harmony and exemplify the car's character: racing performances with type-approval for driving on normal roads.

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

Relying on Italdesign advanced Virtual Reality Centre and the simulation techniques of Engineering, the designers were able to identify the most aerodynamic technical and aesthetic solutions and test them immediately - even before starting work on building the car.

Inspired by race cars

The setting at the front is inspired by the ultimate top-performance cars: single-seater racing cars. The characteristic feature of the nose is the six-sided polygon first seen in the GTZero concept-car in 2016 which will also be referenced again in future projects. Together with the two side air intakes, it ensures the optimum flow of intake air.

Potential lift effects caused by the intake of air through the central slot, as highlighted by simulated aerodynamic tests in the virtual reality centre, were eliminated thanks to an aerodynamic solution named Y Duct®.

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