Three years after the Birdcage 75th,
Pininfarina returns with the Sintesi, a new
concept car that explores ideas and
solutions for the car of the future.
after the Birdcage 75th, Pininfarina returns with the
Sintesi, a new concept car that explores ideas and
solutions for the car of the future.
“The Sintesi is
not only a testament to the creativeness of our design
team,” declared Andrea Pininfarina, Chairman and CEO of the
Group, “but it reiterates our historical ability to
anticipate stylistic and technological solutions that we
will see in the cars of the future.”
unveiled at Geneva, the Sintesi has been the subject of a
teaser campaign which has attracted a great deal of interest
online among specialist journalists, scoring more than
250,000 hits on Google.
The Sintesi is a
sports car with four doors and four seats, developed by a
highly innovative approach: it does not consider the car as
a shape that covers the mechanicals, but one that gives a
shape to the mechanicals around the passengers, starting
from the latter. This approach, which is known as “Liquid”
Packaging, has overturned traditional volumetric balances,
improving weight distribution and lowering the centre of
gravity, which are important elements for driving dynamics.
This was made
possible by close collaboration with Nuvera, which developed
the Quadrivium Fuel Cells system, the various components of
which were distributed around the car, with four fuel cells
positioned near to the wheels. The result is that the space
for passengers is much more generous – in proportion to the
total volume of the car – without detracting from the sporty
line with its relaxed, elegant profile which is sleek,
tapered and aerodynamic (Cd = 0.27). The modular nature of
the fuel cells, combined with the batteries and a
sophisticated overall electronic architecture (developed
with PI Shurlok), allows for modular use of the available
power depending on driving conditions.
“Our source of
inspiration,” said Lowie Vermeersch, Pininfarina Design
Director, “was man’s freedom over technology, a car in which
technology gives creative freedom back to the designer and
allows us to explore new forms and future scenarios. But at
the same time, we did not want everything to be limited to a
flight of fancy, we wanted our approach to be very concrete.
Which is why we combined and tested our ideas with the
innovative technologies provided by our partners in this
The Sintesi was
imagined in a setting of Transparent Mobility which, thanks
to Clancast®, the radio technology developed by Reicom after
years of research, envisages that all cars act as nerve
cells, creating a dynamic communications network managed by
a disseminated intelligence. A real “living connective
tissue” on which data and information about traffic and
security, audio and video, Internet and cross-media content
can travel. A concept of wireless connectivity that
establishes a continuous, transparent dialogue between the
town, the road and the vehicles that we will drive in the
future, without limiting the motorist’s autonomy, but
increasing his sense of freedom.
scenario, based on concrete, existing technology, opens the
door to advanced active safety solutions which in turn have
made it possible to design the car with volumes that are not
conditioned by today’s bulky passive safety systems.
role played by electronics in the Sintesi project is also
evident in the design of the interior and the lights.
Inside, the facia symbolises the flow of information in
which the car moves. Created as a single semi-transparent
piece by Materialise, using the additive technology of
personalised manufacturing, its shape disseminates the
information around the passenger compartment thanks to the
intuitive use of colour and light.
become focal points through which the car dialogues with its
environment. In addition to the innovative LED system
supplied by Osram, which made it possible to create a
simple, strong shape that underlines the car’s central axis,
the ‘headlights’ also incorporate the telecameras and the
proximity radar system.
In Geneva other
cars will make their debut on its clients’ stands. The Ford
stand hosts the debut of the new Ford Focus Coupé-Cabriolet,
which is manufactured in the Pininfarina plant in Bairo,
where the “job one” was celebrated on February 21. Like the
other models of the Focus family, the new Coupé-Cabriolet,
which will be launched this Spring, has a more gutsy, sporty
look both inside and outside.
S has its world première on the Maserati stand, a sporty,
high performance version of the Granturismo designed by
Pininfarina, which won the “Best in Show” award at the 2007
Geneva Motor Show. The Model Year 2008 of the Alfa Spider
debuts on the Alfa Romeo stand. The model was developed
jointly by Pininfarina and the Alfa Romeo Style Centre, and
it includes significant improvements in the interior,
guaranteeing an even higher level of comfort and well-being
on board. The 2008 version of the Alfa Brera also makes its
appearance; like the Spider, it is built in the Pininfarina
plant in San Giorgio Canavese.
"This edition of
the Geneva Motor Show," said Andrea Pininfarina, "also
represents a moment of joy and pride for the induction of my
father, Sergio Pininfarina - our Honorary Chairman - into
the European Automotive Hall of Fame, marking high points in
the history of our company."