Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina (2006)

Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina front view

Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina

What better place for the debut of Pininfarina’s new creation than the most elite Concours d’El├ęgance in the world. The Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina is a one-off commissioned by James Glickenhaus, the American collector with a yen for the legendary racing cars of the Sixties.

Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina front view

Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina

The car has been designed, engineered and built entirely by Pininfarina, bringing to life something that, just a few months earlier, was just a dream and creating a sort of symbiosis between the customer and Pininfarina along the path leading to definition of this extraordinary model. Starting from a Ferrari Enzo, the aim was to produce a unique vehicle inspired by sport racing cars with extreme vocations: not just a show-car but a vehicle to be enjoyed on the road.

After freezing styling with various touch-ups to the initial sketches, the surfaces were defined using CAS modeling, then moving on to actual construction and assembly.

Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina design sketch

Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina

Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina design sketch

Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina

More than 200 components were specifically developed through constant interaction between styling and design: from the bixenon lighting clusters specifically designed with an innovative system of yellow and white leds to the alloy wheels – 20-inch aluminum – milled from the block, up to and including the aluminum and special steel in-sight hinges.

Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina rims

Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina

The sleek lines of the vehicle, characterized by a soft muscular touch, took shape on the body – made entirely of carbon fiber.

Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina side view

Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina

The tapered profile of the nose highlights both its aerodynamic function and the car’s new look; the central body is dominated by the single-shell windscreen, while the car is accessed via two butterfly type doors.

The rear features powerful sides with the embedded teardrop type transparent rear window which also acts as engine cover and from which ceramic-coated exhaust tips peep out, as on racing cars of the Sixties. “The entire vehicle – stresses Ken Okuyama, Director of Pininfarina Styling – expresses elegance and fluidity with the clear-cut, uncluttered lines that are typical of Pininfarina’s style. Our designer, Jason Castriota, succeeded very effectively in interpreting this approach to the project”.

Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina rear view

Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina

Considerable attention has been dedicated to aerodynamics with continuous testing at the Pininfarina Aerodynamic and Aeroacoustic Research Center of Grugliasco (Turin, Italy) in an effort to reach the highest levels of performance combined with perfect functionality of all the appendices integrated in the body of the vehicle.

“Each of these projects – comments Paolo Garella, Head of the Pininfarina Special Projects Division- represents an exhilarating challenge ,i.e. trying to meet the Customer’s requirements in the best way possible without undermining the company’s approach based on elegance and innovation”.

It is important to stress how re-styling was not restricted only to the outside of the car but continued also when defining the interior, completely redesigned according to the customer’s indications.

“These coach-built vehicles – concludes Andrea Pininfarina, Pininfarina S.p.A. Chairman and CEO – give us a chance to demonstrate our excellent creativity, making our know-how available to special customers in order to provide a real personal experience that goes well beyond simply the possibility of designing their own car”.

Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina interior

Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina

Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Concept (2011)

Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Concept front view

Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Concept

For the 2011 Los Angeles Design Challenge, which was seeking to find the most spectacular new film car for Hollywood, the designers from the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios in Sindelfingen (Germany) and Carlsbad (USA), have joined the ranks of the screen-writers.

Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Concept side view

Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Concept

The designers at the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in Carlsbad, California have created a Hollywood-style homage for Mercedes-Benz to 125 years of innovation in automotive technology and design. The leading roles are played by two high-tech characters which have been instrumental in reconciling safety and stylish design in automobiles: the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow cult racing car and crash test dummies.

Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Concept rear view

Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Concept

The film “Silver Lightning” is set in the near future, in an age of artificial intelligence. Two crash test dummies by the names of Hans05 and Franz02 take on evil ruler Dr. Crash-Barrier to save their beloved Mercedes Silver Arrow. They engage in an action-packed, nerve-jangling duel with the ruthless battering ram before finally outfoxing him. The Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Concept is a low-lying sculpture on wheels. A feat of technical innovation is the diagonal, hubless roller which allows steering in all directions. The futuristic Silver Arrow’s proportions are reminiscent of the legendary sports car from the late 1930s and the Uhlenhaut SLR from the 1950s.

Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Concept sketch

Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Concept