Could it look something like a modern-day Modulo?
The Ferrari Modulo concept was like nothing anyone had ever seen before when Pininfarina first revealed it. But that was way back in 1970. So what would it look like if it were made today, almost half a century later?
That was the subject of this project, undertaken by one Pep Gelis Blanco, while studying at Barcelona campus of the celebrated Istituto Europeo di Design – one of the world's top design schools. And as avant-garde as the original was in its day, we're rather taken with how Blanco has updated it for the modern era.
The original Modulo concept, for those unfamiliar, was easily one of the most innovative and eye-catching concepts ever created by Pininfarina, which has produced no small number of show cars over the years.
It was built atop a Ferrari 512 S, a twelve-cylinder racing prototype that challenged the legendary Porsche 917 in its time – and won, taking the checkered flag at the 12 Hours of Sebring (among others) in its debut season. It was powered by a 5.0-liter V12 producing 560 horsepower – a positively massive figure for its time. So suffice it to say that it had the power to back up its futuristic looks.
Such was its legend and enduring presence that world-famous collector and sports-racing patron James Glickenhaus acquired the one example ever made and set about not only restoring it, but making it completely road-worthy and street-legal.
Modernizing the design was surely no smaller feat than making the original operable, and we think Blanco did a pretty good job of it. Just what might motivate such a creation today, the designer didn't say. But we think the new Ferrari SF90 Stradale would serve as an excellent basis, with its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 hybrid powertrain delivering 986 horsepower. Or (arguably) better yet, the Pininfarina Battista, with its 1,900 horsepower's worth of electric motors.