Italdesign Giugiaro turned 50 last week and celebrated with the announcement of a new supercar debuting at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2018.
The supercar is the open-top version of Zerouno from last year. the first car to be sold under the eponymous Italdesign brand.
As was the case with the Zerouno coupé, the Zerouno roadster from some angles resembles a reduced version of the Lamborghini Veneno, specifically the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster.
The similarities to the Poison should not come as a surprise since the main designer at Italdesign is the former Lamborghini design chief, Filippo Perini. The parent company of Lamborghini, Audi, is also the official owner of Italdesign within the Volkswagen Group. Of course, the Zerouno will always be different due to its large snout.
The original Zerouno is a special built on a coach limited to only five examples, and we expect the same number for the roadster. It is believed that the sale price is $ 2.4 million for the roadster, including taxes, and two construction slots have already been sold.
Both variants of Zerouno are based on the chassis of an Audi R8 V10 Plus donor, whose 610 horsepower 5.2 liter V-10 motivates them to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph. Not a single panel is shared with the Audi supercar, however, with Zerouno's body made almost entirely of carbon fiber.
Italdesign was founded by Giorgetto Giugiaro and Aldo Mantovani on February 13, 1968 in Turin, Italy, originally as design and engineering business for the automotive industry. Since then it has expanded to other sectors, including the aviation industry. Some of the company's most famous designs include the Bizzarrini Manta concept, the BMW M1, the DeLorean DMC-12 and the original Volkswagen Golf and Scirocco.
Sadly, Giugiaro and Mantovani are no longer with the company. They left in 2015 to form the new design company GFG Style, which serves mainly companies based in Asia. One of GFG Style's creations will be on display at the next Geneva show. The company was commissioned to design the Ren supercar for the Chinese startup Techrules, and in Geneva we will see a new version focused on the track called Ren RS.
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