Former Mazda designer builds his own supercar

Special Cars 17 Nov 2015
Former Mazda designer builds his own supercar

Carlos Salaff, former Senior Exterior Designer at Mazda’s Californian design studio, has founded his own company to work on Project Caden, a one-off sportscar inspired by vintage racing cars.


The man behind the project, Carlos Salaff, has worked on 3 concept cars in the “Nagare” concept series: the Furai shown at Detroit 2008, the Ryuga (Detroit 2007), and the Nagare (LA 2006).

Project Caden by Carlos Salaff - Design Sketch Render

The main goal of this project was to approach the design of a vehicle in a holistic way, and to create a car with a strong man-machine connection.

Project Caden by Carlos Salaff - Design Sketches

Project Caden is inspired by racing cars, with a central driving position arranged in a 1+2 seating layout – the same of the McLaren F1.

Project Caden by Carlos Salaff - Laser-cut wood sheets for metal shaping buck

The inspiration from historic cars is also reflected in the use of materials: the body is made by hand-beaten aluminum panels, formed using a metal shaping buck created using laser-cut wood sheets.

Project Caden by Carlos Salaff - Aluminum panels mounting

From a technical standpoint, the car is based on a riveted and bonded aluminum monocoque tub, and features a suspensions system with inboard dampers and pushrods inspired by Formula One.

Project Caden by Carlos Salaff - CAD model

The bare-to-the-bone philosophy is also highlighted by the absence of body finish, and by the exposed chassis.

For more information read the interviews by Ed Stubbs from Core77 and by MotorHeist.com, or visit Carlos Salaff’s page on Kinja.

(Source: Carlos Salaff via Core77, MotorHeist.com)

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