Feb 12, 2001 - Giorgetto Giugiaro of ItalDesign is going to present at least two show-cars at the Geneva Motor Show. The first one is what I would call the Newtons Touareg, a 'Fuoriserie' built by the company at the request of photography icon Helmut Newton and reportedly based on the Mitsubishi Pajero owned by Newton himself.
The second show car is certainly a crowd stopper: a very modern 2+ (or minus) 2 seater spider with the name, logo and futuristic appeal of a very feasible Aston Martin Vanquish.
Much like in very trendy Superbikes, the V12 engine powering the high British supercar will be 'on display' through the front bonnet and the upper structure of the car, a brushed aluminium (extruded) frame, will also be exposed to become an active part of the body design and style. The show-car is reportedly sharing the 450 HP, 6.0 litre V12 powertrain of the latest Aston Martin Vanquish.
Further developing his previous experiences with the 1982 Capsula and the 1998 Structura, Giorgetto Giugiaro has refined his approach to structured design and this time he is likely to present a very convincing essay of the graphic potential of his design approach.
As usual Giorgetto Giugiaro has developed the new Aston Martin show car, called Twenty-Twenty (really a car for the year 2020?), in association with his son Fabrizio.
The show car has been created with the support of Aston Martin whose chief executive, Ulrich Bez, is very familiar with ItalDesign and Giugiaro, following the relationship established when Giugiaro designed a number of new models (including the Matiz) for Daewoo with Betz as Daewoo technical director.