Italdesign Parcour Concept
Italdesign Giugiaro has revealed the Parcour Concept, a mid-engine, all-terrain vehicle powered by a V10 Lamborghini engine and combining the lines of a coupe with the features of a SUV.
Inspired by the Parcour sporting discipline, the homonymous concept features a mid-engine coupe-like body with minimal overhangs, combined with large wheels (22-inch rims) and a high ground clearance, revealing the all-terrain nature of the vehicle.
The exterior design was mainly driven by aerodynamic requirements and features a distinctive surface treatment of the cabin area, with the front and rear pillars detached from the windows for aerodynamic purposes and flowing into the roof giving form to an interesting graphic theme.
The pillars also act as deflectors: the A-pillar conveys the air onto the roof and sides of the car, and the rear pillar directs the air over the engine lid and towards the rear retractable spoiler, increasing stability and providing the necessary engine cooling.
From the side, the silhouette of the body is characterized by the octagonal cross-‐section of the generous wheel arches, another feature inspired by SUVs, which allows to achieve the right proportion between wheel and body at all times, irrespective of the height above the ground, which can be varied from 210 to 330 mm -
An electronic system allows to modify the ride height and the engine setup.
The two doors are made entirely of carbon fibre and have a butterfly opening system: they include a portion of the roof, and swivel open upwards and inwards – like those fitted on endurance cars – making easy to get inside and out.
Built in aluminum and carbon fiber, the body is painted in the classic Giugiaro Red. The Parcour is powered by a 550 HP Lamborghini V10 5.2-‐liter mid-rear engine coupled with a four-wheel drive transmission and is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds.
The prototype was designed, engineered and produced in the Italdesign Giugiaro plant at Moncalieri (TO).
The Parcour Roaster Concept
Italdesign has also created a Roadster version of the Parcour, which enhances the sporty spirit even further, as explained by Fabrizio Giugiaro: “In this version there is no interruption in the continuity between the passenger compartment and the engine compartment, we could go so far as to say they are a whole”.
To make up for the absence of a roof, the front and rear pillars have been strengthened with carbon fibreso they can act as a roll-‐bar.
Each front pillar consists of two distinct and separate elements: “this way”, continues Fabrizio Giugiaro, “we have a double dimension compared with a coupé, to ensure the appropriate sturdiness of the roll-‐bar but, thanks to the fact that they are made up of two separate elements, the driver can see through them and the blind spot is drastically reduced, guaranteeing optimal visibility”.
From the official Press Release:
In the plan view and the 3/4 view, the two long carbon slits along the entire length of the car stand out.
This is an aesthetic trick which helps lighten the optical perception of a two-‐meter wide car, separating the sides from the body of the car, also via a color contrast between the red body and the black carbon. The technical approach to the style of the Parcour also guided the design of the front bonnet and rear boot.
The front view emphasizes the three large air intakes which form the grille. Each duct conveys the air required to cool down the three large radiators.
The cameras replacing the door mirrors are fitted on the upper frame of the doors, where they cross with the A pillar. A third camera, which replaces the rear view mirror, is installed above the engine lid.
The minimized overhang, which is unusual for a mid-‐ engine car, affords a very wide ramp angle, which is ideal for the all-‐track nature of this vehicle.
A small boot was obtained underneath the bonnet at the front, enclosed between the two vertical carbon air intakes. Similarly, the design of the rear was dictated by aerodynamics: two light clusters tower over a large air intake.
The engine, encased between two large pillars-‐spoilers, is in full view beneath the glass bonnet, as are part of the mechanics.
The glass bonnet is inserted in a carbon structure featuring a style marked by the three large horizontal slits and the two vertical air intakes, which are graphically highly emphasized, and are necessary to release the hot air from the engine compartment.
The passenger compartment is inspired by urban style and is extremely enveloping, almost sticking to the occupants; the driver and passenger are therefore very close together and also to the windows, so that a reduced surface area is used for windows, windscreen and rear window without compromising visibility from the inside.
Functionality and ergonomics are the guiding concepts behind the design of the interiors.
All the controls have been grouped together on the steering wheel and on the elegant dashboard which separates the driver from the passenger.
To exploit all the interior space to the full and provide the utmost comfort, the two seats are fitted as far back as possible and are fixed; the driver can nonetheless adapt both the steering wheel and pedal unit, which are both electronically adjustable, to find the ideal driving position, a solution already used by Giugiaro in the Scighera (1996), Alessandro Volta (2004) and Quaranta (2008) prototypes.
Three bags can fit in the compartment obtained behind the two seats. “This integrate” results from research linked to the evolution of the concept of the boot, here becomes a set of functional, versatile and modular products, able to satisfy the new requirements of traveling.
All the information regarding the car and driving is provided on the multi-‐function LCD monitor situated in front of the driver and recessed beneath the surface of the dashboard.
The upper part of the Plexiglas central dashboard houses the controls for the climate control and the operation of the music entertainment, via touch controls that the passenger can also use.
The conceptual reference for this type of car could be no other than an original sporting discipline, recent yet already popular and practised across the world. Parcour draws its inspiration from the discipline “invented” by David Belle in France in the 1980s which became famous across the world in recent years thanks to trends in media such as video games, action movies (just think of the opening sequence of 007 Casino Royale) and naturally the Internet, all media used by the younger generations, the ideal reference target for the Parcour.
“Parkour was devised as a new way of living and experiencing a metropolitan route creatively”, states Fabrizio Giugiaro, “Parkour enthusiasts, who are referred to as traceurs or plotters, adapt their body to the surrounding environment pursuing, through their movements, not just spectacle but instead mainly maximum efficiency. The purpose of parkour is to move around as efficiently as possible. By efficiently I mean: simply, quickly and safely, which are characteristic features of our car.” With a practical control device fitted in the dashboard, the driver can in fact literally adapt the car to its surroundings, choosing from four different settings, one designed for comfortable driving, one for off-‐road driving, one for winter conditions and, lastly, one for high-‐speed driving on a race track.”
(Source: Italdesign Giugiaro)