Yesterday Series* – 2006 FERRARI P4/5 BY PININFARINA. Part 1.

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Part 1. The Dream. (See Part 2. The Reality)

  First written for Car Styling, Issue 175 (Tokyo, November 2006).

* Stories and cars from recent past you may like to read and see again.

This story is not about a new car, or a supercar.

This story is about a man and his passion for beautiful, powerful and extraordinary cars. Ferrari and just a few more.

I  confess I love him. Even though I have not met him so far, nor seen him person and despite the fact that he is actually threatening my job by telling everybody the entire story as it develops. It does it not for money but just for the pleasure of sharing his passion for Ferrari and Internet. He has done it long before I, as a professional journalist, got a clue of what is going.

Why do I love him? Simply because he is a generous and such a passionate man that he needs to share his passion with everybody else. His passion is simply too much for himself.

Sharing to me means joy, happiness, giving and taking, and I love this. Go to this web site: http://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=92754&page=5 (after registering with FerrariChat.com) and you will see what I mean. His pen name is Napolis.

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Yesterday Series* – 2006 FERRARI P4/5 BY PININFARINA. Part 2.

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Part 2. The Reality. (See Part 1. The Dream)

  First written for Car Styling, Issue 175 (Tokyo, November 2006).

* Stories and cars from recent past you may like to read and see again.

THE REALITY OF THE 2006 FERRARI P4/5 BY PININFARINA.

 We said that this is the story of a man, Yet we shall not forget the car, and what a supercar!

The 2006 Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina is absolutely unique, and that is not just because there is only one in the world but for its outstanding concept and contents: heritage, technical sophistication, extreme performance and design.

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PEUGEOT DESIGN CONTEST – IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO VOTE.

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Some 2500 participants from all over the world have entered the 5th Peugeot Design Contest, launched on the occasion of the Beijing Motor Show last April. Design enthusiasts, students and professional were challenged with the theme: “Imagine the Peugeot of the metropolises of tomorrow!”.

The briefing was: Create a Concept Car which is designed to evolve within the cities of the future, whilst retaining the key values of the 21st century. The projects should bear Peugeot’s stylistic codes and must contain the following four aspects included in this design competition: environmental awareness, social harmony, interactive mobility and economic efficiency.”

They were given a relatively short three-months time to submit their ideas and yet hundreds and hundreds of them submitted, via internet only, ideas of all sorts in two dimensional format. The rules called for still renderings (up to 5) a verbal description of the concept and a video animation.

The competition has entered into its second phase, following the selection by Peugeot experts of the top 30 projects now published at www.peugeot.com. The public at large (that is you!), and a selected panel of motoring writers, is now called to vote for the best 10 finalists within the deadline of September 15. Well, this is not perfectly clear.

Indeed the rules say: “Following an analysis of the votes, the PEUGEOT judging panel, consisting of PEUGEOT members of staff who are experienced in the domain of automobile design, a representative from MICROSOFT and chaired by Jean Philippe Collin, Managing Director of Peugeot, will make a list of the 10 selected designs..”

This means that your vote will be considered, but the Panel is the one that indeed make the choice, so that entrants with most friends on internet get an unfair advantage.

Between 16 September and 30 September 2008, the 10 finalist projects selected by the Peugeot judging panel will be posted online between 16 September and 30 September 2008 and again the panel will select the winner of the gold medal as well as those deserving the silver and bronze medals.

According to Peugeot the theme of this fifth edition has inspired the entrants to envisage a form of urban mobility that’s more versatile, more practical, more economic, but also more fun and more individual. There should have been 30 of such projects to choose form but only 29 could be published as one entrant has reportedly failed to grant the organisers the required copyright.

The projects published reflect the different cultural inputs from the global society that internet is contributing to form. From the simplicity of the Indian “Globe” project to the complexity and sophistication of the German “Rugir” project.

Vote.

Paris Show Previews 1. PEUGEOT TO SHOW HYBRID GT CONCEPT .

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The rendering released by Peugeot to tease the public looking for the opening of the Paris Motor Show on October 4th is attractive but does not show much of the forthcoming concept car, neither for its architecture neither for its powertrain. The company wants to keep our interest alive and for the time being only says what it is.

First: it will be called RC something, much like its recent predecessors, the RC ♠ et ♦ concept cars revealed in 2002, and the 908 RC (2006 Paris Show). Perhaps RC § “fleurs” (flowers), for its eco-friendly nature? Peugeot says their latest Research Concept is a show-case of future ideas, combining many design, engineering and technology ideas in a single vehicle.

Even more relevant is the fact that the new show-car aims at anticipating a feasible, affordable and versatile car, “with four doors, four seater and a highly innovative hybrid architecture” that aims at a very high level of efficiency both in terms of performance (with its potential 230 kW/313 HP) and minimal impact on the environment (CO2 emissions of 109 g/km in the combined cycle or ZERO in electric mode). Clearly a high performance and emotional car that match with the spirit of the time and capable of combining environment friendliness with driving pleasure.

Yesterday Series*: THE (2007) MINI CLUBMAN.

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STAR AT THE 2007 FRANKFURT SHOW.

  First written for Car Styling, Issue 181 (Tokyo, November 2007).

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Eventually the day came for the official unveiling of the new MINI Clubman. It had been announced and previewed for such a long time that we got tired of waiting for it. There was no reason to rush anyway because production could not keep up with the demand of the existing models and already 1.4 million units have been sold in the past 7 years.

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MINI DESIGN: DO FORMS FOLLOW FUNCTIONS?

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Team Work passionately orchestrated.

Since its introduction in year 2000 Minis have been seen as successful, “trendy and fashionable”, automobiles. The 2004 Mini Cabrio confirmed and consolidated the assumption. Now the Mini Clubman introduces a great deal of functionality and practicality while remaining very much a fashion item. Once again the question whether the Mini design is consequent with the “forms follow function” golden rule of design had to be asked.

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ROLLS-ROYCE HYPERION BY PININFARINA FOR PEBBLE BEACH.

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 DEDICATED TO ANDREA PININFARINA.

 Andrea Pininfarina has suddenly passed away on August 7th; the very day one of his latest achievement was due to be air freighted to the United States, on behalf of its owner: Mr. Roland Hall.

The British gentleman who commissioned the design and construction of such an outstanding work of art, shocked by the tragic event, immediately wanted the car to be dedicated to the memory of Andrea Pininfarina “such an extraordinary man”.

 I am proud of joining him in dedicating this report (actually drafted before the fatal accident) to his memory, his work and his men, who passionately worked to deliver this unique “Fuoriserie by Pininfarina”.

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Russo-Balt 2006 Impression.

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From Car Styling magazine, issue 172, May 2006

 Something in between the fuoriserie and the prototype of a future limited production luxury car is the stunning Russo Baltique Impression, a monumental, 5.2 metres long, four seater coupe that marks the entry into the international scene of luxury automobiles by a Russian company.

Indeed Russo Baltique is not a new entry. The brand was established in 1907 by the largest Russian maker of all sorts of vehicles (including the biggest aircraft built by 1914 world-wide engineered by Igor Sikorsky) with factories in Riga and St. Petersburg in the early years of the 20th century.

Russo-Baltique built its first car 1909. Production continued through 1923. Russo-Balt became the official supplier of vehicles to the Czar Court in 1917 after one of its earlier model, the 1912 Russo-Baltique C24-50, won two awards in the Monte-Carlo Rally, and on year later finished second in the San-Sebastian rally in Spain.

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PININFARINA ROLLS-ROYCE HYPERION UNVEILED.

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 Last month I accepted an invitation to interview Pininfarina’s designers on the Rolls-Royce Hyperion there were about to complete in Cambiano, at the condition that I would not publish my report before August 16th. This was required by their patron, the British gentleman who commissioned the car and will eventually own it. To honor my promise I am not going to add anything to what I have been allowed to write so far. But I have not promised not to offer you a fair chance to look at the first (digital?) images of the car published by Autoblog.it. Have a look here, and let me know what is your opinion, as soon as you like.

Ciao

FERRARI CALIFORNIA ON THE (VIRTUAL) ROAD.

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 I have just seen the latest release from Ferrari on their new California. They ultimate addition to the web promises to let you feel their soon-to-be-unveiled convertible-coupé sports car, designed by Pininfarina. Over the two minutes of the broadcasting, I did not feel anything but the strange perception I am getting too old to fully appreciate  what the new technology is offering to us. How is it possible that I feel no emotions, no excitement, no more curiosity? I must be positively conservative enough to need to actually see the car, hear its sound, feels its (lack of?) vibrations, and drive it to feel something. Is this too bad? Am I surpassed and obsolete? Have a look for yourself and let me know what do you think.

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