The contest involved a total of 50 design schools from all over the world, tasked to create a Ferrari for the year 2040.
Back in December, Ferrari announced the shortlist of four finalist schools, which included Hochschule Pforzheim(Germany), the College for Creative Studies in Detroit (US), Hongik University in Seoul (Korea), and the ISD-Rubika in Valenciennes (France).
The jury was made of Ferrari exponents in the broadest sense of the term, from designers to engineers, drivers and even famous collectors: Nicola Boari, Franco Cimatti, Aldo Colonnetti, Rodolfo Gaffino Rossi, Jay Kay, Flavio Manzoni, Nick Mason, Andrea Militello, Paolo Pininfarina and Sebastian Vettel.
Their decision was unanimous: the “Gran Premio Assoluto” overall prize has been awarded to the Manifesto, a design by six students from the ISD-Rubika at Valenciennes, France: Frenchmen Michael Barthly, Grimaud Gervex and Jean Baptiste Epinat, and Belgians Michael Kalyvianakis, Stanislas Oleksiak, and William Stock.
The Ferrari Manifesto Concept
The jury was won over by the completeness of the Manifesto design as well as the students’ ability to create a coherent overall vision of the car spanning its exterior, cabin and running gear.
The spectacular door opening mechanism also highlights the evolution of the interior functions, using future-forward technologies. The exterior is instantly recognizable despite the fact that it incorporates certain orthodox features.
FL Interior Concept
The jury also wanted to make a special mention of the FL by Roman Egorov, the only design that focused solely on the cabin.
They commented that the Russian student from the Hochschule Pforzheim in Germany very successfully applied a highly unconventional design language to the car interior, integrating and rethinking the human-machine interface in the process.
He also partnered luxury, noble materials rather opting than for the typical carbon-leather combination of today, demonstrating his ability to look well beyond accepted convention.
de Esfera Concept
The “Premio Speciale”, decided by an online ballot, went to the de Esfera, the work of three students from Hongik University in Seoul, Korea: Chae wook Lee, Ha kyoung Yeom and Woo jin Jung.