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Bertone Nuccio concept car to reinterpret iconic HF Zero

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February 12, 2012

The Bertone Stratos HF Zero concept debuted at the 1970 Turin Motor Show

The Bertone Stratos HF Zero concept debuted at the 1970 Turin Motor Show

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Italian auto design house Bertone will introduce a new concept car at the Geneva Motor Show. Named Nuccio after Nuccio Bertone, the long-time chief of the company who passed away in 1997, the car will not only honor Nuccio, but it will also pay homage to Bertone's design heritage in recognition of its 100th anniversary. Judging by the teaser sketches that have surfaced, the Nuccio looks to be a reinterpretation of classic wedge-shaped, mid-engined supercars from the 1970s best exemplified by the Lancia Stratos HF Zero ... and it could be one of the most interesting concept car debuts of the year.

Bertone has been responsible for the design of various legendary cars, including the Lamborghini Miura, Lamborghini Countach and Alfa Romeo Giuletta SS. Even in light of such iconic models, the firm is probably every bit as famous for the concept cars that never made it to production.

Few if any of Bertone's concepts are more famous than the ultra-low, wedge-shaped 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero. The wild, futuristic HF Zero prototype helped Bertone establish a working relationship with Lancia, essentially getting the firm's foot in the door for a more realistic Stratos project. The far more conservative production Lancia Stratos would go on to experience success on the competitive circuit, but the Stratos HF Zero prototype became a star in its own right when it debuted at the 1970 Turin Motor Show.

Even today, the HF Zero, which stands just 33 inches off the ground, looks futuristic and otherworldly and is the type of concept that makes sports car fans' hearts beat fast. Bertone's current general director Michael Robinson credits this car with inspiring him to abandon his architectural aspirations in favor of car design. The one-off prototype was sold by RM Auctions last year for 761,600 euros (more than US $1 million), and Bertone itself has deigned it one of its "10 masterpieces," a distinction shared with icons like the Lamborghini Miura and Countach. In short, it's a timeless concept car that continues to inspire and tantalize minds more than 40 years later.

The Nuccio concept will debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show
The Nuccio concept will debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show

It sounds like the Nuccio will be a Stratos HF Zero for a new generation. Bertone released two teaser sketches of the concept, and it definitely looks like a modernized HF Zero. The new concept shares the super low ride height and seamless hood-windshield of the HF Zero. The teaser picture also depicts the use of orange paint, which was the color of the 1970 concept.

The Nuccio, however, looks to be significantly updated and modernized. The body is more curved and sculpted, and there appears to be LED bars in the front and rear. A pretty drastic rear diffuser sits in back and, combined with the low, aerodynamic shape, it should keep this thing planted to the ground like a bullet train.

Bertone will reveal the Nuccio at the Geneva Motor Show, which begins on March 6. From there, it will take it on a world tour with stops at the Beijing Motor Show in April, the Museum of Turin in May, Laguna Seca USA in August, and Florence, Italy in September.

Source: World Car Fans

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C.C. Weiss Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work.   All articles by C.C. Weiss
6 Comments

Any specifications on the horsepower or transmission? or is it gonna be a very similar to stratos zero?

Adrian Calderon
13th February, 2012 @ 07:33 pm PST

how would the front end of that be the least bit pedestrian friendly??? ugly and outdated,no matter how aerodynamic it is!!

floccipaucinihilipilification
14th February, 2012 @ 10:57 am PST

Perhaps we'll never achieve such a positive design shock in our time ever, for that time excellent and should have been brought into production.

Dawar Saify
15th February, 2012 @ 01:57 pm PST

I wouldn't get in that thing if my life depended on it. It is also beyond ugly.

Hmmm...
16th February, 2012 @ 03:52 pm PST

And how do i change lanes on the expressway?

rigjunkie
20th February, 2012 @ 10:16 am PST

Reminds me of a '70's vintage Hot Wheels car !!!

The Pininfarina Fiat Abarth 2000 Scorpio concept car, ca. 1970

is a far more 'sexy' version of the Bertone HF Zero (see pix) . . .

http://theselvedgeyard.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/42-19402095.jpg?w=600&h=399

BombR76
20th February, 2012 @ 11:47 am PST
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