July 30, 2005
Source: Scuola Politecnica di Design SPD
Milan’s Scuola Politecnica di Design has announced its new Master’s in Transportation Design will be held in partnership with Audi. The Master’s, which will start on 19 October 2005, will involve technical design education and training under the leadership of Marco Bonetto along with Walter De’ Silva and his staff. The selected students will have the unique, unrepeatable chance of developing a concept car in close touch with the Audi Style Centre. The Master’s has a limited number of places. Grants are available for the most interesting candidates. To apply for admission to the Master’s send a detailed CV and a full portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAMBORGHINI FINAL PROJECTS: ESPADA REVIVAL
In the collective imagination a Lamborghini has an extremely short bonnet and a wedged profile with its power thrust forward, just like a bull ready to charge. But in the past Lamborghini marked itself out with the creation of cars with long bonnets, and some of these have reached the status of genuine icons. The work of 20 students on Milan’s Scuola Politecnica di Design Master’s in Transportation Design: was concentrated on these icons: bringing back to life the myth of the Lamborghini Espada, the four-seater front-engine GT designed by Carrozzeria Bertone and Marcello Gandini in 1968.
The results of this work, carried out over an entire year under the leadership of Marco Bonetto with the active involvement of Walter De’ Silva, Director of Design for Audi Brand Group (Audi-Seat-Lamborghini group), and Luc Donckerwolke, Design Director of Lamborghini, was presented at the end of June at the school’s headquarters.
At the end of the lengthy development of over 20 concepts – from initial sketches done to start off the defined package to the 3d visualizations for the research into details, from the Alias modelling to the final model done in 1:5 scale – De’ Silva and Donckerwolke also selected the three students who will start an internship period from September 2005: Fabio Mobilio, Alessandro Salvagnin and Andrea Borgogni.
Lamborghini is a brand with strong emotional impact: extreme, futuristic, athletic cars that are made to measure. Designing a Lamborghini today provides the designer with an amazing gym as an outlet for his or her passion: the brand’s extreme power combined with the current vehicles’ absolute character provide the inspiration necessary to take on this task.
However, the Lamborghini Espada has absolutely original features that have been taken into consideration. First of all it was a GT with four real seats – comfortable for four people – it was fast and, above all, different. Designed with few curves on the sides, it was defined by simple, flat surfaces that interfered with sharp edges, in an era in which very smooth, sinuous vehicles were fashionable. The Espada’s prototype, the Marzal (1967), was slightly less sharp-cornered and offered even more futuristic solutions, with its wide side windows and transparent roof, the interior fabrics out of a space-ship, the rear window protected by a wide-meshed grill, and a rather mysterious expressiveness.