Named after Leonardo DaVinci himself.
After penning beautiful cars like the Nissan GTR50, Italian design firm Italdesign has branched out to design its own vehicles. The design firm, which was founded by legendary designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, teased its latest reveal for the 2019 Geneva Motor Show but jumped the gun by showing its 2+2 Coupe before the show actually began.
Introducing the DaVinci Electric GT Design Concept, an all-electric GT car named after Leonardo DaVinci himself. The car's release has actually been timed to coincide with the 500th anniversary of DaVinci's death. As you'd expect of a car named after one of the world's most famous artists in history, the DaVinci Electric GT is positively gorgeous.
Italdesign isn't in the business of building cars, so the DaVinci was designed so it could be adapted to series production for several brands with only minor adjustments. We sure hope a mainstream automaker takes notice of this concept and puts it into production. The design firm is actually owned by Volkswagen, so perhaps VW, Audi, or even Lamborghini could build a production version. Adding to the car's flare is a gullwing 2+2 layout, which looks great but seems like it could be a challenge to produce on a large scale, though Italdesign seems to have its sights set on extremely limited production.
"We wanted to pay homage to Leonardo's genius by symbolically dedicating this vehicle to him," explains Filippo Perini, Head of Innovation Design. "Leonardo was an ante-litteram engineer, an eclectic personality whose interests ranged from painting to sculpture, architecture, graphical design and experimentation. His eclectic approach is a strong inspiration for our day-by-day work".
The car was designed to house an all-electric powertrain with two motors, one on the front axle and one in the rear, and batteries within the floor. This layout frees up the interior to be more spacious. Inside, an asymmetrical dashboard is tilted towards the driver with three screens to handle driving data, infotainment, and climate controls. Italdesign has even partnered with Alcantara to cover the interior with the company's signature fabric and has designed its buttons to sit underneath and light up through the exotic materials. What could possibly feel better than pushing an Alcantara-covered button?
Italdesign wanted to make sure the car had a broad appeal for automakers, so it also gave the DaVinci the ability to accept an internal combustion engine with only minor adjustments. The firm says the DaVinci was designed to run on a 4.0-liter V8 simply by changing the location of the radiator and redesigning the central tunnel to accept a transmission. Audi makes a 4.0-liter V8, so perhaps Italdesign had the German automaker in mind for this concept.
We weren't given any details about power output or range, probably because the car wasn't built specifically for production. It is, however, wearing a new type of tire that is making its world debut at the Geneva show. The Pirelli P Zero Elect is a special new tire designed for use on plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. This new tire offers low rolling resistance and a reduction in noise to perfectly suit a silent EV or PHEV. Don't expect to see any pricing information for the DaVinci anytime soon, unless a major automaker purchases the design to use on a future production model.