Model Students: Maserati Chicane

The students of Turin’s Istituto Europeo di Design unveiled their Chicane concept car at Geneva. The full-scale model was inspired by the challenge of designing a relatively compact car that captured the essence of Maserati. The result is 4.4m long, 1.85m wide, 1.25m high with a 2.6m wheelbase and, in the best Maserati tradition, a V8 engine and rear-wheel drive.

Based on an initial idea by Dmytro Zyubyairov of Ukraine and Oscar Palladino of Italy, the Chicane gives a good indication of what an entry-level Maserati could look like, and flags up two young designers to watch. Although it’s smaller than anything currently coming out of Modena, it has a spacious feel plus the aggressive but flowing lines so beloved by Maserati fans.

In addition to unveiling the Chicane, the IED students showcased a computer animation of a second Maserati-inspired study – the Sfida, a 2+1 shooting brake designed to accommodate bulky sports equipment.

Text: Charis Whitcombe
Photos & Video: IED Torino

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