Carmen Concept by Epta Design

Concept Cars, Special Cars 15 Feb 2018
Carmen Concept by Epta Design

Carmen Concept is a design study of an extreme speedster developed by London-base studio EPTA Design, currently looking for partners and potential investors.


The “Carmen” project started in 2015 when London-based design studio EPTA Design, founded by designer Luigi Memola, was commissioned to develop the styling for a new electric supercar to be built in Italy.

The work was developed until 2016, when the carmaker faced an economic crisis which ultimately led to the shutdown of the project.

Epta Design Carmen Concept

A year later the design studio is revealing the result of that collaboration and the current state of the car in terms of style and details.

Epta Design Carmen Concept

The name Carmen comes from the idea of creating “an elegant, gentle, yet also spicy and exciting car” – and just like a woman, a partner for life, a “Car” for “Men”, hence “Carmen”.

EPTA design is now looking for new partners who are interested in investing to finally bring the car to the track.

The design

Among the inspirations of the projects were, among the others, the 2011 BMW 328 Hommage for the idea of a small windscreen and the Ferrari Sergio by Pininfarina for the idea of a suspended rollbar.

Epta Design Carmen Concept Design Sketches

The design also incorporates several original elements, including the pill-shaped design theme adopted on the twin tailpipe exhausts, the elements on the engine cover and the inner components of the headlights – while the number seven – the word EPTA is a Greek prefix word meaning “seven” – recurs in the number of spokes of the wheels and is sculpted in the rear end.

Epta Design Carmen Concept Detail

Epta Design Carmen Concept Design SketchesThe The “key sketch” was made on a Moleskine sketchbook and shows a simple, elegant side, with many design elements already defined and with proportions aimed at recalling the elongated silhouette of a shark.

These elements were also kept in the phase of exploration and preliminary preparation at the beginning of the 3D modeling.

Epta Design Carmen Concept

Some of these design elements were evolved from the Dendrobiunm Hypercar Concept presented by the studio in 2015.

2015 EPTA Design Dendrobiunm Electric Hypercar Concept

Above and below: the Dendrobiunm Concept (2015)

2015 EPTA Design Dendrobiunm Electric Hypercar Concept

In the original project, the donor car for the underlying architecture and structure was the Ferrari 458.

Epta Design Carmen Concept

The sides are characterized by a surface treatment inspired the sharp and “scratchy” shape of a knife blade – a theme also adopted on other areas.

Epta Design Carmen Concept

Seen for the front, the Carmen Concept recalls the shape of a manta

Epta Design Carmen Concept Front End Detail
“Although at concept level, it was fundamental to propose a stylistic solutions for the headlight group. The 3D rendering techniques allowed to appreciate couplings, surface transitions and volumes.”

Two elements that were particularly taken care of by the designers are the steering wheel and the rims.

Epta Design Carmen Concept Steering Wheel Design Sketches

The steering wheel , finished in polished carbon fiber, leather and red stitching, is characterized by a titanium “V” structure which supports the central steering column and the control buttons.

Epta Design Carmen Concept Steering Wheel

The carbon fiber rims, matched by carbon brake discs,  feature an elaborate, detail oriented design, with the seven spokes integrating steel rods, finished in Carmen red, that allow to visually lighten the structure of the wheel.

Epta Design Carmen Concept Wheel Design

For more information on the project and EPTA Design you can visit www.epta-design.com.

(Image Courtesy:EPTA Design for Car Body Design)

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    16/2/2018

    In a word; NO.

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