Kia Designer Imagines Ferrari F40 Of The Future

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With insane wheels.

The Ferrari F40 is one of the most iconic cars of the 20th century. Not only did it set records when it was first launched back in 1987, but it also stunned with its edgy styling. Legendary vehicle designer Pininfarina was responsible for this car's evocative wedge style which has inspired numerous spin-offs and replicas. Most designers would, at the very least, feel somewhat intimidated to restyle such an icon, but not Marcell Sebestyen, a senior exterior designer for Kia Europe. Last week, Sebestyen posted his take on the F40 of the future to his personal Instagram account, and we have to admit; it looks rather fantastic.

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At first glance, Sebestyen's design looks very similar to the original car (it has to be difficult to move away from that iconic profile) but it's clear that this is a far more extreme take on the same design principle. The side profile retains the original F40's shark-like appearance, but now features even larger side intakes incorporated into the doors, a sharply angled front fender that flows into the front-end, and a massive rear wing that retains the three vents in its flank.

It is nearly impossible to ignore those wheels. The wheel design pays tribute to the F40's original five-spoke split-rim wheel which has been called one of the greatest alloy wheel designs of all time. In the case of Sebestyen's design, the wheel looks like it emanates from the actual tire, and should be a magnet for curb rash in the real world.

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We also get a small glimpse at the rear end, which is extremely simplified, but does hold one interesting design element: a simple red strip of LED lighting. We like it. We can also spot three Naca ducts on the engine cover which is a nice touch. Unfortunately the designer doesn't give us a peek of the front-end, but if the rest of the design is anything to go by, it should be quite striking. Sebestyen doesn't mention anything regarding this redesigned F40's powertrain, but we can only imagine this machine cruising around with a modern twin-turbo V8, perhaps the 710 horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 from the Ferrari 488 Pista.

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