In the four short years since it opened its doors in Barcelona, Fuore has established a global profile for its design in the automotive area and in a range of other design activities, such as the Targafly yacht concept which will be the focus of an upcoming feature in Gizmo.
It is in the automotive design area that Fuore is destined to make its mark though. The head of Furoe is Austrian Erwin Himmel who had a hand in many of Audi's production cars culminating in the Audi Quattro Spyder. From the moment Fuore went into business, its work began headlining shows. The first was the Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2001, the Evolution 2+2 at Geneva two years ago, the Subaru B11S from Geneva last year and the Fuore Jaguar XF-10 from the Barcelona Show last year.
This year the show offering at Geneva is a Jaguar-based design study known as the BlackJag, a machine that fuses the spirit of Formula One with the values of the traditional British brand.
BlackJag builds on the promise of its predecessor, the XF10, an expression of sheer sportiness and pure power, the BlackJag now presents itself in refined and sophisticated apparel.
The design has evolved to reflect 'the elegance and sovereignty of the legendary two-seaters from Coventry.'
'We wanted our XF10 to mature from a racy sports car to an elegant and sophisticated drive. BlackJag embraces design elements that inspire style and poise, maintaining the sporting image', explains Himmel.
The BlackJag's body was generally simplified and smoothed out to lend the car distinctive elegance. To that end, changes were made to certain design elements of the XF10. The air intakes now run more smoothly into the body and hence are more in keeping with a sculptural flow.
The front benefits from a new, simplified shut-line graphic on the front bumper. New headlamps now incorporate the BlackJag's fog lights, creating a more generous front-light graphic.
Other changes include newly styled ergonomic wing mirrors, the omission of air intakes on the doors, and redesigned door handles. Finally, at the rear the exhaust pipes are better integrated.
Draped in elegant black, breathing life into subtle surface changes, this wild cat has matured into a refined representation of a longstanding tradition. 'The name BlackJag inspires elegance, the value that formed the inspiration for our design study', explains Erwin Himmel.
The BlackJag is powered by a 7000 cc 4 valves/cylinder, DOHC V10 engine, producing 640 HP. Projected performance for the Blackjag is 0 to 100 kmh in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 210 mph.