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Giugiaro's Parcour concept – a Lamborghini-powered off-roader

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March 6, 2013

The Giugiaro Parkour coupé is designed to fuse the high-performance of a track car with th...

The Giugiaro Parkour coupé is designed to fuse the high-performance of a track car with the go-anywhere capabilities of the 4X4

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This year marks the 45th anniversary of Italdesign Giugiaro opening its doors, and to celebrate the occasion the Italy-based design firm has premiered its Parcour supercar at this year's Geneva Motor Show. Taking its name from the obstacle-clearing sport of parkour and powered by the same powerplant found in the Lamborghini Gallardo, its creators have billed the vehicle as the first all-terrain GT, which fuses the high-performance of a track car with the go-anywhere capabilities of the 4X4.

Described by Fabrizio Giugiaro, styling director of Italdesign Giugiaro, as a mixture of an SUV, Crossover, Gran Turismo and a mid-engine sports car, the idea behind the two-seater, four-wheel drive Parcour is to combine the lightweight, slimline design of a GT with all-terrain capabilities. Fusing the two poses an obvious problem in terms of ground clearance, with the company opting for an electronic system to lower and raise the car and provide an adjustable ground clearance ranging from 210 to 330 mm.

The Giugiaro Parkour coupé goes from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.6 seconds

Sporting a length of 4,530 mm and a wheelbase of 2,710 mm, its aluminum and carbon fiber construction gives it a dry weight of 1,550 kg (3,417 lb). The body is finished in “classic” Giugiaro Red with carbon fiber vents and piping. The front is marked by the grille formed by three large air intakes feeding the Parkour’s three radiators and between the two vertical carbon air intakes is a small boot.

The A pillar is detached from the windscreen to act as both a support and and as a deflector to direct air onto the roof and sides of the car, while the rear pillar guides the air over the bonnet toward the rear retractable spoiler for greater stability and better engine cooling.

The Giugiaro Parkour coupé aerodynamics

The wheel arches have been designed to offset the large Vredestein tires fitted to 22-inch rims as the vehicle travels through its 120 mm adjustable ground clearance range. Also, the carbon fiber doors are a butterfly design that includes part of the roof to make getting in and out easier. Instead of wing and rear view mirrors, the Parkour uses cameras mounted on the upper frame and bonnet.

Moving to the interior, the passenger compartment is inspired by “urban style” with a tight cockpit feel for both driver and passenger, with surface areas dedicated to windows. The seats are fixed to the floor as far back as possible, but the steering wheel and pedals are electronically adjustable. Meanwhile, the interior’s upholstery is the result of a collaboration between Giugiaro and the Biella wool mill and is inspired by historic army uniform fabrics. For storage, three bags can fit in the compartment behind the two seats.

On the dash, there’s a multifunction LCD monitor split into two sections, with the upper half displaying GPS, vehicle status, music information and rear camera image. The lower shows routine data, such as speed, mileage, fuel and tachometer. As the driver shifts between drive settings, the display changes color from white (Comfort), to red (Sport), to orange (Off Road) to blue (Ice). Bookending the monitor are the displays for the wing cameras.

The Giugiaro Parkour roadster

Beneath the glass bonnet between two pillar spoilers is the mid-rear mounted Lamborghini Gallardo V10 5.2‐liter petrol engine pounding out 550 bhp (404 kW) with 398 lbf/ft (540 Nm) of torque through a seven-speed sequential automatic gearbox giving the Parkour a top speed of 199 mph (320 km/h). Acceleration shoves you back into the seat with 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.6 seconds.

The suspension uses a push rod system. Normally, this involves connecting a rod to a wishbone that pushes a spring through a rocker. In the Parkour, the rod is replaced by a coilover – two per corner – so the car acts like a standard double wishbone GT, yet allows the car to change height and unlock the rocker for less stiffness while off-roading.

The Parkour suspension and gearbox have four drive settings. Comfort is for urban driving, Off-Road is for, obviously, off-roading, Ice is for winter driving, and Sport is for letting the Parkour rip on the track.

The Giugiaro Parkour coupé

In addition to the Parkour coupé, there’s also a roadster. This is very similar to the coupé, though the profile has been modified so there’s no break between the engine and passenger compartments. To maintain strength while keeping weight down, the front and rear pillars are reinforced with carbon fiber and act as a rollbar.

"This way", said Fabrizio Giugiaro, "we have a double dimension compared with a coupé, to ensure the appropriate sturdiness of the rollbar but, thanks to the fact that they are made up of two separate elements, the driver can see through them and the blind spot is drastically reduced, guaranteeing optimal visibility".

The roadster also includes a mountable ski rack and two pairs of bespoke skis made for Giugiaro Design skis by Blossom.

Unfortunately for those looking to turn heads off road, the Parcour is just a concept at this stage.

Source: Giugiaro

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13 Comments

Poor immitation of a Lancia Stratos....

JPAR
7th March, 2013 @ 01:49 am PST

Neither fish nor fowl. I can't imagine all-terain tyres being anywhere near safe at the upper end of a GT's performance range. If you fit GT tyres, then forget 4X4 performance. It will be better at getting out of a muddy field than a normal GT, one assumes, but at what cost?

People with silly money to burn will be better off buying a genuine GT and a genuine 4 X 4, preferably an old one so that they can have all the fun of real off-road motoring without worrying too much about the paintwork.

Mel Tisdale
7th March, 2013 @ 07:26 am PST

Will this guy ever do something I don't like?

Nicolas Zart
7th March, 2013 @ 08:30 am PST

LORD help me but I do like this thing! I know it's about as useful as a submarine with screen doors but something about it appeals to me? :-P

mrhuckfin
7th March, 2013 @ 08:50 am PST

Looks like a Mangusta

Beardski
7th March, 2013 @ 09:16 am PST

It would be very useful for the many billionaires who live where the roads are not so good.

The Middle East,China,Russia and India all have serious road problems in MANY places.

Only Germany has an Autobahn.

If you've ever driven a superior car on inferior roads then you should know what I am talking about.

Griffin
7th March, 2013 @ 09:28 am PST

LOVE the looks!

Joke of an "off-roader", but for an on-road vehicle it looks great! Has the ground-clearance most super-cars are missing to get over a speed bump too. Maybe speed-bumps quality as "off-road" for super-cars ?

lol

Milton
7th March, 2013 @ 10:11 am PST

If it is for off road why no images of it in the dirt, and where is the deep suspention one needs for off roading?

Nelson
7th March, 2013 @ 11:09 am PST

@Fungletrumpet -Read the whole story. It's a concept from a design firm. People are not going to buying it because it won't be for sale. It doesn't have to make perfect sense.

I wish Lamborghini would go this route with the Urus. This could potentially be a nice compromise between the old LM002 SUV and what it's looking to do today. Add an extra set of doors, lift it up a little, give it a higher roof if they want, and you have a much better looking car than the Urus with just enough off-road spirit.

For those that think it could never work, look at the Rally Fighter, probably on Gizmag somewhere. A similar off road car that's been on some pretty rugged stuff.

(Ed. Rally Fighter can be seen here: http://www.gizmag.com/bmw-crowd-sourcing-technology/24211/pictures#1)

Joe F
7th March, 2013 @ 04:45 pm PST

Expensive and useless crap. Has about as much chance of going off road where it might hazard a scratch, heaven forbid, as a snowballs chance of surviving in the heart of the sun. Can you spell U S E L E S S !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Max Kennedy
7th March, 2013 @ 06:31 pm PST

They should invent a tank platform you can drive your lambo onto.

Press one button and latches will secure the vehicle wheels.

Tank control is transfered to the driver in the Lambo who will have a wireless iPad ala AR Drone, to control the tank. All from the confort of his supercar.

Nairda
7th March, 2013 @ 08:34 pm PST

Looks like a 4x4 version of the AMX/3 with Lambo doors.

Gregg Eshelman
8th March, 2013 @ 12:26 am PST

Perfect Aussie paddock basher !!!!!! If it can handle the potholes , bulldust , corrugations , heat & out run a bush fire , I`ll have one in white with a tow bar thanks mate .

Mick Perger
8th March, 2013 @ 02:31 am PST
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