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European design students reinterpret classic Italian car from the 1940s


February 22, 2012

IED students recreate a classic: the 1947 Cisitalia 202

IED students recreate a classic: the 1947 Cisitalia 202

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Next month's Geneva Motor Show will be stocked with new concept cars from various parties - automakers, design houses and educational institutions. One of the latest concept cars announced is the Cisitalia 202 E, a modern reinterpretation of the original 1947 Cisitalia 202.

The Cisitalia 202 E (Evolution), which will be presented as a full-scale model, was designed by students currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Transportation Design at the Istituto Europeo di Design (European Institute of Design/IED) in Turin, Italy. CECOMP constructed the show car, with Pirelli, OZ Racing and ABET Laminati providing assistance. It is based on the original Cisitalia 202, which was designed by Pininfarina in 1946.

At first glance, the Cisitalia 202 E doesn't look much like the original, but a closer inspection reveals similarities like the grille shape, bulging rear fenders and fastback design, though the car is definitely much modernized from the original 1947 version.

Pininfarina debuted the original Cisitalia 202 it at the Villa d'Este Gold Cup show in Como, Italy, followed by an appearance at the 1947 Paris Motor Show. Unlike the prevailing automotive designs of the time, the 202 was composed of a flowing, single surface, in which the fenders, hood, headlights and body all flowed as one. A total of 170 largely handcrafted models were built between 1947 and 1952.

This will be the ninth Geneva show at which IED students present a concept car. Last year, the students designed the Scorp-Ion, a futuristic sports coupe meant to encapsulate the spirit of Fiat's Abarth brand. At the 2010 show, IED presented the EYE concept, a project collaboration with Tesla Motors.

While IED has been busy recreating a Pininfarina classic, Pininfarina has been building a new concept of its own. Called the Cambiano, Pininfarina's concept appears to be a sporty car which its makers claim has been "conceived with great attention to the environment". The firm has released a teaser video and several teaser photos but hasn't yet revealed any detailed information.

IED will present the Cisitalia 202 E on March 6, the first media day of the Geneva show.

Source: IED / Cisitalia via Car Design News

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\"At first glance, the Cisitalia 202 E doesn\'t look much like the original.\"

It doesn\'t look much like it on follow up glances either. The original is not held in high acclaim based on separate components such as the grille or fenders; but the cohesiveness of the whole dynamic design.


Piero would be proud

Tom Sobieski

This design makes progress owing to the still a bit too short boat tail. Had the boat tail feature been somewhat longer and converged even more aerodynamically, then the top speed and acceleration through air would not be so severely compromised. Of course, the open wheel wells and lack of smooth, blunt front both drag the design back to the stone age. At least, it\'s a start.


At first lance I thought it was a reinterpretation of the Shelby Daytona. Looks nothing like a 1947 Cisitalia 202.

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