The Turin auto show is the home show for designs by the Italian carrozzieri.
Here is a round-up of concept cars presented by Italian companies at the show.
Stola Gruppo Abarth 98 Monotipo
Stola Gruppo is an engineering house, not a design studio. The Abarth 98 Monotipo is a two-seater coupe with several sources. The front is based on the Fiat Barchetta, but many other parts are unique. The 2.0-liter turbo engine is tuned to 330hp, and is taken from the Lancia Delta Integrale. It was designed by Aldo Brovarone, 72, who retired from Pininfarina several years ago.
Leonardo Fioravanti designed the F-100, a light, compact Ferrari coupe, as a tribute to the 100th anniversary of Enzo Ferrari's birth in 2000. Fioravanti, an ex-Pininfarina designer, designed the Ferrari Daytona.
Ghia Turing Ka
Ford's Ghia studio made this practical proposition for a station wagon version of the Ka. 'We are working on other concept cars based on the Ka,' said Filippo Sapino, Ghia managing director. 'The aim is to attract other types of potential customers.'
The Structura is a 'naked' car in the tradition of 'naked' motorcycles, where the structural aluminum frame becomes part of the exterior design. The sporty minivan is based on the Audi A8's aluminum platform, and uses the same four-wheel-drive system. The engine is the Volkswagen W-12. The four doors have fixed glass windows and open book-style.
The Dialogos is a close preview of the K replacement due in 2000. It was designed at Lancia's Styling Center by Mike Robinson and team. The mock-up shown was built by prototype and model maker G-Studio.
Maggiora's 2650mm-long Droll minivan is an Italian answer to Micro Compact Car's Smart. The Droll is the passenger version of Maggiora's CityMagg city-car project. It was designed by Aldo Garnero. A CNG version uses the Seicento's 0.9-liter, four-cylinder engine, and an electric version uses the same components as the Seicento Elettra. The tubular steel chassis supports an aluminum space frame, to which plastic body panels are glued.
'The Dardo is pure, basic research,' said Pininfarina Chairman Sergio Pininfarina. 'In this business you cannot say never, but the Dardo is not intended for production. Most likely, some elements of the Dardo will be found in the next cars by Pininfarina.' The Dardo, which is Italian for arrow, is a compact, two-seat spider based on the Alfa Romeo 156.