Italdesign Automobili Speciali supercar

22 February 2017 | by Chris Maillard

Legendary styling house Italdesign has released the first pictures of its new supercar, the first of its new ultra-limited-production ‘Italdesign Automobili Speciali’ line. Five units are due to be made.

Bodied in carbon fibre, it is promised to have “racing car performance with type approval for normal roads” and has clearly been styled with aerodynamic performance very much a priority.

How the VAG-owned studio's new model fits with its sister company Lamborghini's products is something of a mystery, however.

Initial reactions to the shots on social media have been rather mixed, but we'll be taking a closer look at its Geneva show launch and reporting back.

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

“The development of the one-off was based on the know-how achieved in the designing of hundreds of cars in our 49-years history” said Italdesign Chief Technical Officer Antonio Casu. “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.”