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Italdesign makes a pitch with shooting brake EV
Gee T: Italdesign’s GTZero show car would not look out of place in a Lamborghini sowroom.
All-electric show car is Italdesign’s vision of a modern electric-powered wagon
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2 March 2016
LAMBORGHINI, your all-electric wagon is ready. You just need to get on the
phone to your design subsidiary, Italdesign, and the four-seat battery powered
GTZero is all yours.
That’s the way it seems after the famed Italian design house sprang this design
study for a 21st century electric super-wagon at this week’s Geneva motor show.
Described as a modern interpretation of the classic GT car, the GTZero would
seem to fit the bill for Lamborghini should it ever decide to flick the switch
from raw power to saving the planet.
Like modern Lamborghinis, the GTZero is based on a carbon-fibre monocoque, but
instead of incorporating a mid-mounted V10 or V12 engine, it is packed with
batteries and three electric motors capable of churning out 350kW of power via
all four wheels.
Top speed is said to be a limited 250km/h, range is about 500km, and the
batteries can be charged to 80 per cent capacity in about 30 minutes.
The body design is described as shooting brake, although the show car is more
like 2+2 hatch than station wagon. The rear seats are really only suitable for
two children, and the two luggage compartments – one in the front and one at
the back – can hold just three bags.
The most polarising feature of the exterior design is the hexagonal rear glass
hatch that is reminiscent of the 1970s Honda Z.
In this case, a long LED light wraps around the edge of the glass.
A large moon-roof illuminates the rear seat area, offsetting the rather
claustrophobic high waistline towards the back of the car.
Italdesign head of design Filippo Perini said concern for the environment and
arrival of new technologies have led to cars that are both efficient and
“However, the car’s aesthetic personality can still be preserved, irrespective
of the type of drive system, the various types of car will not disappear and
sports cars will continue to exert a particular appeal,” he said.
“GTZero is our vision of a classic, the gran turismo, which embodies the
traditions of Italian body designers, but is also brought up to date with
tomorrow’s technologies and requirements. It has zero emissions, so it is
Italdesign says the GTZero plays homage to the nearly 50 years of Italdesign,
and is supposed to incorporate some of the design cues of cars past, including
the 1997 Alfa Romeo Scighera and Ferrari GG50. Even a Daewoo, 1995’s Bucrane
concept, made the list.
Although the “tub” is carbon-fibre, the designers incorporated aluminium
sub-frames front and back for a modular layout to accommodate various
powertrains and vehicle designs.
Aerodynamic wings emerge at speed to keep the GTZero glued to the road. Mega
alloy wheels – 22 inch on the front and 23 inch on the back – help too,
especially when fitted with custom-made Pirelli P-Zero Nero tyres.
The cabin is stripped of buttons, apart from the electric handbrake, with most
functions controlled via touchscreens on the console and dash and touch-pads
behind the steering wheel. Even the electrically operated seats are adjusted by
Doors are your typical supercar scissor arrangements, this time also removing a
chunk of the roof for easier entry and exit.
The Turin design studio that became Italdesign was founded in 1968 by Giorgetto
Giugiaro. It was sold to Lamborghini in 2010.
Rival Italian design house Pininfarina also ripped the covers off a green
focussed supercar at Geneva, the H2 Speed, which the Mahindra-owned company
claims is the world's first hydrogen-powered high-performance car.
Pininfarina says the H2 Speed, which was co-developed by GreenGT, sits “halfway
between a racing prototype and a production supercar” and delivers 375kW, has a
maximum speed of 300km/h and can race – in almost complete silence – from
0-100km/h in 3.4 seconds.