During the event, which will take place on 21-22 April 2007 at Villa Erba (Lake Como, Italy), a range of 13 concept cars will be exhibited.
In contrast to a conventional exhibition, the concept vehicles can be seen under natural
conditions and they are put through their paces to demonstrate roadworthiness when they drive
in the parade.
World premiere: Maserati GS Zagato
Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Zagato has a long tradition of putting bodies on Maserati
chassis. Following on from the world premiere of the Ferrari 575 GT Z at the Concorso
d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in 2006, this year the Maserati GS Zagato will be presented on the public
stage for the first time.
The Concept Cars on display
The presentation of future-oriented studies and prototypes has a long tradition at the Concorso
d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. As early as 1929, automobile manufacturers and coachbuilders were
presenting their latest creations to an enthusiastic public.
The winner of the Concorso d’Eleganza Design
Award is traditionally determined by the general public
attending the event.
Concept cars list:
- Rinspeed eXaxis
- Renault Nepta
- Saab Aero X
- Jaguar C-XF
- Bertone Barchetta
- Giugiaro VAD.HO
- Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive
- Opel GTC
- Toyota FT-HS
- Ferrari P4/5 Pininfarina
- Ford Iosis
- Nissan Infiniti
- Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé
- BMW Mille Miglia Concept Coupé (ouside the competition)
The unusual high-tech creations of Frank M. Rinderknecht have become a standard feature at the
Geneva Motor Show held in March. Design and concept experts Rinspeed of Zumikon
celebrated their thirtieth anniversary by unveiling the eXasis in Switzerland, created in
cooperation with Bayer Material Science.
Particularly innovative features are the transparent
body, the seats configured behind each other and the engine powered by bioethanol. Thanks to
the lightweight construction, the eXasis only weighs 750 kg, giving a power-to-weight ratio of
five kilograms per hp.
In particular, the gullwing doors measuring just under four
metres in length were an especially impressive feature of the four-door convertible.
Concept Study embodies Renault’s vision of an elegant, powerful luxury convertible in the future.
The driver is provided with a 180 degree field of vision because there are no B-pillars to
obstruct the view. The front is designed in typical Saab style. The car is powered by a 2.8 litre
bioethanol engine with twin turbocharger generating 400 hp.
The distinctive lines of the C-XF are intended to
turn the Jaguar into a genuine British big cat.
In commemoration of this former creation and to celebrate the company’s
95th anniversary, Bertone presented the Bertone Roadster based on a Fiat Panda 100 HP at this
year’s Geneva Motor Show.
The metal panels were also hand-crafted for the Bertone Roadster
Concept in the best tradition of bodywork construction.
Access for the two passengers who sit behind each other is provided
through the gullwing doors opening at the side. The car with carbon panelling is powered by a
260 hp hydrogen engine along the same lines as the BMW Hydrogen 7 presented recently.
The study has an impressive profile with the striking radiator, LED headlights and
taillights, and two-tone paintwork. The concept car is based on the Mercedes 600 S.
Opel sprang a surprise with the sporty, elegant coupé at the Geneva Motor Show 2007. The fourwheel
drive model created a particularly striking visual impression with the vertical air inlets and
Opel intends to use the GTC to reunite the traditional idea of the coupé with
the future language of design.
Toyota presented its vision of a future sports car with full hybrid system in the rear-engined FTHS
coupé. Toyota’s designers have succeeded in melding the sharp edges and soft overhangs to
create a masterpiece in white.
The coupé turns into a Spider at the touch of a button if you want
to drive open to the elements. The study is powered by a combination of 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine and an electric motor.
The Ferrari collector commissioned Carrozzeria Pininfarina in Turin to build a
unique special body based on a standard Enzo. The Special Projects Team from Pininfarina
under the management of Paolo Garella carried out this expensive project costing 4 million
dollars in a construction period lasting just over a year. The shape of the body resembles the
legendary Daytona winner Ferrari 330 P4 from 1967.
An electric motor opens two
gullwing doors with opposing hinges to afford access to the interior. The outside of the vehicle is
defined by strong wheel arches, a dynamic side line and a striking front profile. The interior is
defined by the unusual atmosphere created by innovative materials, such as neoprene, and fluid
The outer skin creates the effect of
polished aluminium and the distinctively shaped LED headlights and taillights give the study a
very technical appearance.
four-seater convertible is a less formal interpretation of the classic Rolls-Royce design.
technical perspective, this automobile combines a lightweight, incredibly stiff aluminium
spaceframe with the lean and elegant body of a drophead coupé.
BMW Mille Miglia Concept Coupé (outside the classification)
Outside the competition, the brands BMW and Rolls-Royce each presented an example of their
design and technical expertise.
After a flying visit to the Mille Miglia last year, the BMW Concept Coupé was presented in the
public arena for the first time.
The automobile pays homage to the racing legend BMW 328 Mille
Miglia. BMW dominated the 1940 Mille Miglia with this car and came out overall winner.
About the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este
On the weekend of 21 – 22 April 2007, the spectacular grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este
and Villa Erba in Cernobbio on Lake Como will again form the unique backdrop for the most
beautiful automobiles from yesteryear and the most extravagant concept cars of the present.
event was launched at the same venue in 1929 and the Concorso d´Eleganza Villa d´Este is today
regarded as the event with the longest tradition in the world of the classic car.
After the launch of the event for invited guests on Saturday, the Concorso again offers all
automobile enthusiasts the opportunity to experience these dream cars in the neighbouring park
of the Villa Erba. In addition to the automobiles shown on the previous day, numerous other
supreme classics will be presented in a special show.
- Location: 21 – 22 April 2007 – Villa Erba,
Cernobbio on Lake Como, Italy.
- Ticket price: 10 euros (single) or 20 euros (families) and 8 euros for concessions.
- Visitors will find further information at www.concorsodeleganzavilladeste.it
(Source: BMW via VirtualCar)