TURIN -- Stile Bertone will not unveil its Nuccio high-performance coupe concept until the Beijing auto show in April. The Italian design company unveiled a full-sized plaster and resin model of the Nuccio at the Geneva auto show last week.
Bertone design director Mike Robinson took inspiration from a legendary 1970 Lancia Stratos Zero concept to create the Nuccio, which has innovations such as a tensile steel roof that offers high structural resistance at a low weight.
The rakish, 42-year-old Stratos Zero is still modern today in terms of design, but it's only 830mm high, making it almost impossible for a tall man like Robinson to drive it. The Nuccio has a height of 1220mm.
The mid-engine concept is called Nuccio after Giuseppe "Nuccio" Bertone who was the son of company founder Giovanni Bertone. During his 60-year leadership, Giuseppe Bertone transformed the little-known family business into an Italian design icon. He died in 1997 at 83.