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IED Abarth scorpION EV presented in Geneva [video]

Transportation Design master students at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Turin seem to have clearly drawn inspiration from the Nissan and the Ellure Concept when they created their all-electric two-door, the Abarth scorpION.  With similar nose and headlight styling as the Japanese sedan concept seen last year in Los Angeles, the two-door pulls off a much more interesting sports car look.  This is also present on the current ESFLOW concept EV, also at Geneva.

The four-meter-long student designed car uses four electric motors, with one placed at each wheel.  These motors are powered by a lithium-ion (get it? "scorpION") battery pack buried behind the seats and under the rear cargo hold.  IED says this gives the car a low center of gravity, but the position of the battery makes us wonder how well balanced the model truly is.  At 1,905mm (75 inches), the car is as wide as an Aston Martin DBS, but is closer in length and height to the Morgan Roadster.

"The concept premiered this year is already a source of great satisfaction as it has provided us with the opportunity to carry out research into a great Italian marque, its character, also considering the use of alternative sources of energy," said IED Turin Director César Mendoza. "This study has encouraged our students to conceive bold, innovative styling and volumetric solutions."

Working under the guidance of Pininfarina's Luca Borgogno and Maserati's Luigi Giampaolo, the student design team of Emre Husmen, Alexandre Goloskok, Avdar Nigmatullin, Maksym Shkinder, Karla Dennis Soriano Farfan, Chrysanthos Therapontos and Marcos Villalon have shown a great deal of promise with this model.  Assistance was also provided by Pirelli, OZ Racing, GR Painting and italian manufacturing firm CECOMP.

The Abarth scorp-ION will be at the IED stand throughout the Geneva Motor Show alongside two 1:4 scale thesis projects built with the help of McLaren.

Source: IED Torino

IED Turin presents SCORPION:
an electric provocation for the future of Abarth

The Istituto Europeo di Design of Turin interprets a 100% Abarth future in the all-electric concept car designed by the students of the Master of Arts in Transportation Design work experience and presents two winning thesis of the three-year Transportation Design course

81st Geneva International Motor Show
PRESS CONFERENCE
March 1, 2011 at 4.15 p.m. hall 5, stand 5041

Participating for the eighth year running at the Geneva International Motor Show, IED Turin unveils a world preview of the SCORPION: an environmentfriendly concept car designed by the students of the Master of Arts in Transportation Design – work experience a.y. '09/10 and constructed in cooperation with Abarth. For the 81st edition of the Motor Show, IED has measured up the challenge of interpreting the true essence of the Abarth marque, distinguishing this from the Fiat brand with which it is often identified, through the vision of the young car designer.

How to express the pure unadulterated spirit of Abarth, renowned worldwide for compact, intelligent, recordbreaking sports cars? IED Turin responded with SCORPION.

SCORPION (length 4010 mm width 1905 mm height 1192 mm wheel base 2350 mm) embodies all of Abarth’s specific characteristics in an unequalled combination of sportiness and reduced dimensions. However, the concept oversteps any current scheme of the production range and is projected towards the future of the marque, according to an extreme vision of Abarth’s identity and character.

SCORPION has been conceived as an environmentfriendly car: a green identity, 2seater small size and fullelectric. Positioning of the lithium battery, from which the car takes its name SCORPION (from the English ion) under the load compartment behind the seats promotes maximum rationalisation of space. The engine is delocated in the four wheels in order to exploit the interior to the full; the very low centre of gravity of the vehicle promotes maximum performance and efficient driving, the twoseater configuration endows the vehicle with a generouslyscaled luggage compartment.

Overall, the concept recalls the lines of the scorpion – icon of the Abarth marque – and has been designed with particular attention to improving vehicle aerodynamics, also through complete covering of the real wheels.

“It’s always exciting declares César Mendoza, Director of IED Turin and also a source of a particular apprehension to know that our school participates each year at the Geneva Motor Show without having a definitive vision, from the outset, of the project we will present; a vision that is gradually refined and takes shape once the concept has been completed by the students. It is this silent confidence in our students and which exists among the school, lecturers and students that underlies the professional growth of each single designer. The concept premiered this year is already a source of great satisfaction as it has provided us with the opportunity to carry out research into a great Italian marque, its character, also considering the use of alternative sources of energy. This study has encouraged our students to conceive bold, innovative styling and volumetric solutions”.

SCORPION is the offshoot of the work of seven students of the Master coordinated by Luca BORGOGNO, Senior Designer Pininfarina and Luigi GIAMPAOLO, Designer Maserati. The Master of Arts in Transportation Design – work experience is a highly qualified, twoyear course intended to train competent automotive professionals able to approach the world of work through a constant rapport between companies and styling centres.

The concept car is, in fact, the result of a process comprising various phases of assessment that simulate a real working situation: starting from the seven design proposals, all the models have been reproduced in clay in 1:4 scale, subsequently selecting that which complied most effectively with the initial brief of the company. The entire class, working in groups, then worked on the project selected to complete all the internal and external details of the concept.

SCORPION stems from an idea of: Emre HUSMEN (Turkey)

The following persons worked on the project: Alexandre GOLOSKOK (Russia), Aydar NIGMATULLIN (Russia), Maksym SHKINDER (Ukraine), Karla Dennis SORIANO FARFAN (Mexico), Chrysanthos THERAPONTOS (Cyprus), Marcos VILLALON (Argentina)

SCORPION has been constructed with the cooperation of: Pirelli and OZ Racing SCORPION was painted by: GR Painting

Alongside the lifesize model, IED Turin presents, at the stand, BIO RENOVATIO and TOROK, concept cars in 1:4 scale, thesis projects of the students of the threeyear course in Transportation Design – car design a.y. '09/10, constructed in cooperation with McLaren.

The project focussed on the realization of a hybrid midengined openroof 4WD sports car with passenger cell, for two persons, constructed using the McLaren carbon fibre MonoCell. Adopting a conceptual approach, the students considered a potential vehicle to be launched on the market in 2020: a car able to combine supremacy on the tracks, driving emotions and McLaren’s characteristics both on and off the road.

The students who took part in the project worked under the supervision of Fulvio FANTOLINO, Coordinator of the Three year postdiploma Course in Transportation Design – car design.

BIO RENOVATIO is a project by: Salvatore CUTAIA, Vasily KURKOV and Jesus Adrian SOLIS GARCIA

TOROK is a project by: Michel DI MARCO, Andrea INVERNIZZI and Shariq VIRANI

SCORPION, BIO RENOVATIO and TOROK were constructed by: CECOMP

IED Torino wishes to thank ABET Laminati for its cooperation.

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Comments (3)

 GTurbo GTurbo
Haunting musical score hints at THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE AWESOME Concept. Abarth is truly alive and stinging with this car. If this car gets the green light, it should apply a hybrid rather than all-electric powerplant; at least you get to hear a decent soundtrack!
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March 3, 2011 11:08 am
 M! M!
nice. for a moment i thought the doors act as air brakes or the car will flap its wings and fly off into the sky. j/k. i like IED's student works.
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March 3, 2011 5:03 am
 SPORTINGUISTA_29 SPORTINGUISTA_29
crazy car nice music
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March 2, 2011 1:16 pm