Istituto Europeo di Design – in cooperation with Quattroruote and Pininfarina – presented Scilla at the 87th edition of Geneva Motorshow. This concept car was created and developed by the students of the 2015/16 Master in Transportation Design of Turin IED as a degree thesis project.
In Scilla the idea of lightness is at first perceived and then patented, just as veil laid down on an object reveals its shape. Lightness implies also reducing the impact on the environment-through the choice of sustainable/innovative materials-and disengagement by stylistic and formal schemes.
Scilla is a semi-autonomous driving vehicle with an innovative 1+1 seats layout, inspired by the world of aeronautics. It is powered by an electric plug-in/plug-off power train combined with rear wheels brush-less engines that allows good traction and control on the road. Protected by an innovative shell structure, its occupants can experience the emotion and pleasure of driving and project themselves into a hypothetical 2030 scenario. In fact, Scilla was conceived as a glider on the road, inside which one can distance himself from daily life. One of the distinguishing features is the man-machine interaction: the wheel, just like a human being, monitors the driving and is able to detect dangerous or critical situations.
The students, supervised by their coordinator Alessandro Cipolli, undertook a creative path that simulates the one followed by contemporary automotive design centres. Each student made a proposal and the ones that best met the requirements for the exteriors or interiors were selected for the final version. Finally the whole class created a core team to complete the project and realize it on 1:1 scale.
The show car was manufactured by NCS-New Cast Services main sponsor for 2017 and partner of Istituto Europeo di Design for prototyping. However other partners supported the project on the technical side: AM Costruzione modelli, CAD Evolution, CMS Industries, Dassault Systèmes, Freeland, OZ Racing and Pirelli.
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