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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:2017
Source:Company press release
Last updated:March 09, 2017
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Click here to download printer friendly version"Lightweight". This was the starting concept that designers and engineers implemented for the ZEROUNO project. Right from the first styling draft, the Styling Centre and the Engineering Development Department implemented what is defined as simultaneous engineering, a work method developed and perfected by Italdesign way back at the end of the 1960s and constantly improved over the company's almost fifty-year history.

Designers and engineers work simultaneously to carry forward styling solutions and functional-feasibility checks until an ideal compromise is achieved that meets design and performance requirements alike. Functional design has always distinguished projects set in motion and developed in Moncalieri: there are no styling proposals at Italdesign that do not also simultaneously embrace a technical solution.

"The development of the ZEROUNO was based on the know-how achieved in the designing of hundreds of cars in our 49-years history" Antonio Casu, Chief Technical Officer, said. "To reach the timing target we applied the latest CAx and Simulation Technologies. Styling has been integrated since the very beginning with early engineering and production processes. All this allowed us to produce a state-of-the-art car in terms of performance and safety."

Limiting the final weight of the car as far as possible in order to ensure exceptional performances by equally emphasising the carbon fibre and aluminium chassis and the powerful V10 5.2 naturally aspired engine was the objective defined right from the start of this project.

This is why the entire bodywork is in carbon fibre. The same material is also generously used inside the cockpit; the state of the art in fibre layering technology, together with the skills of craftsmen during the finishing stages, combined to achieve a light weight - despite the car measuring 4847 mm in length and 1970 mm in width by 1204 mm in height.

"We put it our best skills into the production of the first car - Massimo Bovi, Head of Pre-Series Center and Production, added - using some of the finest productions methods and engaging our high skilled workers. At the same time we engaged deeply in the latest technologies in electric and electronics. Therefore this first car is showcasing our expertise gained in our history".

"The Automobili Speciali ZEROUNO is an invitation to all of our clients to visit our facility, get to know our skills and take advantege of them - said Massimo Martinotti, Head of Business Development. "Our project witnesess what we can offer to OEMs worldwide besides our traditional services: namely the possibility to design and build for them Ultra Low Series models".

Simultaneous engineering is ideally expressed by the exterior design. These two souls live together in complete harmony and exemplify the car's character: racing performances with type-approval for driving on normal roads.

"The exterior is characterised by the two sides of the same coin," - said Filippo Perini, Head of Innovation Design at Italdesign: "Above the tornado line, surfaces are distinctly softer and smoother in keeping with the Italian Gran Turismo tradition. The lower part is modelled by aerodynamics. To achieve the performances we had in mind, we had to dare to go beyond all limits in styling and even from a purely technical points of view. The outcome ensures an extremely high impact without ever being design for design's sake ".

Relying on Italdesign advanced Virtual Reality Centre and the simulation techniques of Engineering, the designers were able to identify the most aerodynamic technical and aesthetic solutions and test them immediately - even before starting work on building the car.

"We created the ZEROUNO to demonstrate the best skills of our 1,000 employees based on fourty-nine years of experience to further develop this business in the future, using the best and fastest processes and collaboration models. Beside offering these Ultra Low Series Programmes to all interested parties we will continue this story and put every 18-24 months ambitious and innovative concepts in an Ultra Low Series on the road to drive innovation forward so it can be experienced in daily life and to demonstrate the state of the art in technology for our customers" stated Jörg Astalosch, CEO Italdesign.

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