“Never in a Red autonomous driving ‘
The head of the Horse style explains how did the evolution of four-seater FF
“Pretty as a concept, commemorates the 250 GT Lusso, a favorite of Enzo Ferrari ‘
We start from the name, GTC4Lusso. It helps us to decipher it, Flavio Manzoni?
“GT stands for Gran Turismo. C coupe. There are four places. But also the driving wheels and, new, steerable “.
‘Luxury’, it is a Ferrari, does not require much explanation.
“In addition to evoke the 250 GT Lusso, one of the most loved by Enzo Ferrari, the word indicates the car’s vocation and refers inside: a luxurious living environment. ».
GTC suggests to 330.
“Right. It is an important historical landmark, but mentioned only in the modern wing of the air vent. ”
From where you started: a white sheet or FF?
“Of the FF GTC4Lusso it keeps the chassis. So we started from an architecture where the fundamentals are the grandeur of the front, due to the engine V12, and the importance of the cabin, which was to be comfortable for four people. ”
So you’ve taken the concept of shooting brake.
“At the beginning she was not said. We confirmed the usability and versatility that allows internal, but working a lot on the back. ”
Very different proportions from those of the FF.
“We lowered the roofline, which tends to fall more dynamically towards the rear and incorporates a spoiler, and made more Campanato the pavilion, in order to enhance the” shoulders. ” View from behind, the car has a very placed shape, large and well on its wheels. ”
Let’s move to the side, with the reason that in Maranello defined “tuning fork”.
“Born by the front fender and the muscle tends to snellirsi in the door, creating a shadow very marked in the bottom, in which is reflected the floor. All this reduces the load on the car body. ”
Other details of the side that wishes to observe?
“The front wing muscle, you find yourself on the back too. The C-pillar that pushes forward and produces a slightly ‘fastback effect. The air vent in the fender, with the three deflectors that seem to float, suspended. The diffuser, which we kept pure, born as technical studies of aerodynamics; it was only formally completed, but the aerodynamic concept has remained intact. ”
Behind the double lamps evoking the tradition.
“Interpreted in a modern way: they are small, technology, fill well the mass of the stern. Framed in the arched spoiler, give back that expression typical of so many Ferrari, for instance 308. When the thin red rings of light up lights are beautiful. ”
shadow carouselFerrari Gtc4 Luxury, the heir to the FF
“Even here we wanted to preserve the maximum purity, only accentuating modeled at the fenders. The wide “mouth” collects all the thermal functions, the radiator and the two brake air intakes. So there is the standing it deserves a machine of this class is an image of power. The headlights take up the theme “L” of the latest Ferrari, but they grow horizontally and produce a more aggressive effect. Finally, below, there are two lateral spoilers, molded both to satisfy the aerodynamics, and in supporting the front wheel well. ”
Interiors? The dashboard, for a Ferrari, is original.
“We have set ourselves high goals right away. We wanted the car did an absolute breakthrough and we tried a recognizable language as Ferrari, but very modern, futuristic. The result is a cabin almost concept car. Starting from the bridge, one of the key elements of the transformation was the new interface, the touch screen display by 10.25 inches. The screen is beautiful, but the matter was delicate because we are not used to seeing so great on the Ferrari. And we did not want to lose Ferrari look. The solution was dual cockpit: the bridge with two sides, one for the pilot, the other for the passenger. Shortly before the start of the project we were working on the inside of 488, characterized by a very original cockpit that includes all the functions related to driving, so we decided to replicate it on GTC4Lusso, also on the left side, albeit in a simplified manner, and retaining the enveloping design. When you’re sitting in the car you have the impression that the dashboard is oriented towards you, driver or passenger does the same. This gave us the opportunity to integrate the display in an original way, in the channel between the two cockpits. The console is very important, good divides the interior into two. There are typical of F12 jets, aviation concept … Everything else is designed in a very modern way. There are also inspirations that come from furniture. ”
The strange design of the seats?
“The design with the central ribbon and the broken lines that create a very characteristic cannettatura are the stylistic feature of our racing sessions, at Ferrari we call” Goldrake design “. We have reinterpreted in an elegant key. ”
There is more space inside than the FF?
“Yup. Because we have repositioned the rear H point, so as to give more centimeters to the knees. For the same reason we have revised the backrest of the front seats, sgusciandoli further. Behind it is an excellent habitability. ”
The design of Ferrari always starts from the technical data: performance, aerodynamics and functionality. But if to draw the car are the technical requirements, there is room for creativity?
“The design always starts from the awareness of the product. Ferrari is part of the performance targets, which vary from model to model: an account is the F12 Tour De France, last year, a meteor track, another thing is the GTC4Lusso, which also must be perfect in ‘ aerodynamics, because a car that touches the 335 times you can not afford not to be. Once you understand the technical needs and developed the functional aerodynamic solutions to the objective, the question becomes how to incorporate this into an organic design. And it is this “as” to make a difference. Working on very complex cars like FXX K it turns out that there is always a large great room for interpretation, a space to put the invention. ”
Are you saying that the technical and legal restrictions do not limit?
“The bonds have an alibi. Ferrari have an avalanche more than the other cars, yet our variety of aesthetic solutions is there for all to see: each machine is different, has its own personality, and it is still recognizable as a Ferrari. Every project starts from the functionality, because the form must follow function, but there is always space to include an intention. ”
A colleague once told us that to really know a car you have to touch it, caress it … The best time, he said, is when you wash by hand …
“I understand what he meant. I am an advocate of physical modeling. In Ferrari we use the very virtual, especially to converge on an idea starting from so many proposals. But the crucial step is the clay model, one in which the model is shaped manually: the tactile relationship is as important as the visual one, is to understand how the surfaces are and how they evolve. In excellence Ferrari is also the contribution of our modelers, talented, real artists: their dexterity is imperative to give surfaces that touch of sensuality that can not come from the virtual instruments. ”
What is the most sensual part of GTC4Lusso?
“I am very pleased by the passage-side front fender, with the theme of the tuning fork. But my favorite part is the back: it is a pretty sight. ”
About futuristic cockpits: can you imagine a Ferrari with autonomous driving?
“No. Mind you, if the car you need to move from point A to point B, the autonomous driving is comfortable and functional. But Ferrari do not have this priority order: the man-machine partnership, physical contact, the perfect fusion of a highly evolved technical object and the man who has the ability to take it to the limit can not fail. The autonomous driving is like taking a taxi. The other day I drove on the track a F12Tdf: it was an exciting, extraordinary intensity. A Ferrari is, and will remain, pure driving pleasure “