Clearly using the Alfa Romeo 4C as a benchmark, the students were asked to create the ultimate sports car for Generation Y, putting themselves in the shoes of both the potential car buyer and the designer.
Concept features monocoque architecture.
Students at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Turin have responded with vigor to a challenge posed to them by’s European design center.
The partnership will be showing a full-scale model of their PassoCorto sports car at next month’s Geneva auto show. PassoCorto is Italian for short wheelbase, or SWB, a famous acronym often used by Ferrari and other supercar makers in the past.
Using the Alfa Romeo 4C as a benchmark, the students were asked to create the ultimate sports car for Generation Y, putting themselves in the shoes of both the potential car buyer and the designer. They outlined a carbon-fiber monocoque structure, a rear-mounted powertrain with a compact 4-cyl. turbocharged engine rated at 268 hp and above all, low weight.
The PassoCorto sits low to the ground on a relatively short 96.5-ins. (2,450-mm) wheelbase for a total overall length under 173.7 ins. (4,411 mm). Its vertical extension reportedly is 45.7 ins. (1,160 mm).
The mock-up’s bright orange paint matches the color of another show caris unveiling in Geneva.
The overall dimensions are accurate, but show visitors they should not expect to see a real carbon-fiber monocoque or a working powertrain. The mock-up is the 10th produced by IED, which is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its courses in transportation design.