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Latest Ferrari Design Comes From Hong Kong

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On: Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 11:43AM | By: Chris Weiss


Latest Ferrari Design Comes From Hong Kong

The fluid lines and perfect curves of Ferrari can originate nowhere else but the style and design capital that is Italy. Or at least that's what we thought. Eternita, the winner of the Ferrari World Design Contest, is as uncompromisingly attractive as most any Ferrari, but it doesn't come from Italy, or Europe. It comes from a group of South Korean students, and it beats out an entry from Turin, to boot.

The design was created by three students from Hongzik University in South Korea: Kim Cheong Ju, Ahn Dre and Lee Sahngseok. They beat 50 other entries from universities around the world.

Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo commented: "Nurturing the creativity of young people is a fundamental strategy in every walk of life. The Ferrari World Design Contest represents a window that we want to keep open on the world and the creative energy of the next generation. I saw at first hand the many genuinely innovative ideas that these talented youngsters sent us and could feel the enormous passion and commitment that had gone into them. I am certain that some of these suggestions will come to light in the Ferraris of the future."

That's a nice line, Lu. Your PR guys must have worked overtime on that one. But how about telling us why you chose the Eternita as your winner; how about giving us something that doesn't apply to every Ferrari World Design Contest, every year, always.

Since Luca and Ferrari's press release are silent on the actual car, here's our take. The concept features bold curves, including a smoother, Enzo-like nose. The low, wraparound windshield is another defining element. And it can't hurt that it's coated in deep, lustworthy Ferrari red. It definitely exemplifies a "thoroughbred hypercar brimming with new generation technologies."

According to Reuters, the car is composed of several layers of carbon, a factor that will certainly keep weight to a minimum. Not much is detailed about the car's powertrain or technologies, but the focus of this year's contest was on alternative-fuel vehicles, particularly hybrids, so we'll assume the winner had some type of engine-motor combination.

Read a little more background about the contest and finalists below:



PRESS RELEASE

Seoul’s Hongik University wins Ferrari World Design Contest 2011

Maranello, 19th July 2011 – Students from Seoul’s Hongik University have won the Ferrari World Design Contest, a competition in which 50 highly prestigious universities across the globe took up Ferrari’s challenge of imagining its cars of the future. The Korean school was chosen ahead of the second-placed IED of Turin in the final with London’s Royal College of Arts finishing in third position.

The first three classified models are:

1) Eternità – Kim Cheong Ju (Korea Rep.), Ahn Dre (Korea Rep.), Lee Sahngseok (Korea Rep.) – Hongik University (Seoul)

2) Xezri – Samir Sadikhov (Azerbaigian) – IED (Turin)

3) Cavallo Bianco – Henry Cloke (Regno Unito), Qi Haitao (Cina) – RCA (London)

Following the prize-giving ceremony, Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo commented: “Nurturing the creativity of young people is a fundamental strategy in every walk of life. The Ferrari World Design Contest represents a window that we want to keep open on the world and the creative energy of the next generation. I saw at first hand the many genuinely innovative ideas that these talented youngsters sent us and could feel the enormous passion and commitment that had gone into them. I am certain that some of these suggestions will come to light in the Ferraris of the future.”

The Seoul students provided the finest interpretation of Ferrari’s design brief for a thoroughbred hypercar brimming with new generation technologies and materials, an extreme (“hyper”) car not only in its architecture but also in every other aspect. Having completed an initial 2D design, the entrants then generated 3D models in 3D Autodesk® Alias as well as making a physical 1:4 scale model with particular emphasis on detailing and the car interior in addition to more functional concerns.

All of the design concepts focused on reducing fuel consumption through alternative propulsion systems, particularly hybrid engines. Another common thread was the boosting of driving pleasure through weight reduction. More geometric forms alternated with sinuous, almost organic lines in the various design projects. There were also two special prizes. The “Autodesk Design Award”, for the best use of Alias software in the design process, was presented by the technical partner to the contest to Hongik school. The second prize, the “Most Unexpected Technological Solution” award, went to the team from Jiangnan University (China) for the audacious technical solutions contained in The Drake concept. The prizes were presented by Brenda Discher, Autodesk’s Vice President Industry Market, and Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa.

The three finalists received their prizes from Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo, CEO Amedeo Felisa, Paolo Pininfarina, Chairman of the Pininfarina Group which has partnered Ferrari in the styling of its cars for over six decades, and Flavio Manzoni, director of the Ferrari Styling Centre, which organised the contest.


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