If you do, I bet your eyeballs will be assaulted by a barrage of out-of-proportion, often even out of perspective “vehicles” whose massive wheels and impossibly tiny glass fight for your attention, yet they all look the same. We have been fetishizing sketching to a point where we have lost sight of what matters, especially in the design academy’s world.
Over the past forty years, many automobile design courses have popped up in various locations worldwide, all seemingly with the same goal: to separate wealthy kids’ families from an atrociously large chunk of their cash in exchange for the “high education” needed to enter the field. …
After all, it wears a legendary badge, looks to die for, a unique V8 engine that sounds like heaven, and, with only 3925 cars made, it’s pretty exclusive.
The Alfa Romeo Montreal owes its name to the Canadian city that hosted the very successful world’s fair of 1967. Visitors of the pavilion dedicated to mankind’s technical prowess were treated, among other things, to the sight of two identical Alfa Romeo coupés, resplendent in pearlescent white paint.
Alfa Romeo had received the distinct honor of being invited by the Expo’s organizers to showcase no less than “the highest aspiration of man in terms of cars.” It was no mean feat, given the high profile of the occasion, the rather daunting brief, and the fact the Expo was just nine months away. …
As many people often say and Barry White famously sang in 1978, your romantic partner should love you “just the way you are.”
Yet, one woman changed me forever by doing the exact opposite, and I’m grateful to her to this day.
We split out of mutual accord a few years ago, with no ill feelings.
I don’t want her back. But in these troubled days, I’ve found myself reflecting upon the seminal role she’s played in my personal development, in my becoming the better person I am now.
she could see it all though and call my bluff, slapping back in my face those aspects of me I pretended never…
The word “famous” must be intended in very relative terms, though, as we’re talking about a single prototype that became a museum piece in August 1962, shortly after being built.
The “Tipo 103” was conceived in the late 1950s when the Italian automobile market was booming, and the Giulietta’s success had transformed Alfa Romeo into the second-largest Italian automobile manufacturer, in place of a declining Lancia.
The word “largest” must also be intended in relative terms, given Alfa Romeo, with around 17.000 cars sold in 1957, remained nowhere near Fiat’s volumes.
Nevertheless, the Portello’s management felt confident enough to plan a further expansion downmarket, with a small 850cc saloon striking a “middle ground” between the established Fiat 600 and 1100 while retaining Alfa Romeo’s values of superior engineering and performance. …
The green cloverleaf first appeared on an Alfa Romeo back in 1923, on the RL TF driven by Ugo Sivocci during that year’s Targa Florio, one of the era’s most prestigious races. Sivocci was one of the so-called “four musketeers,” as the Italian press often called the four official Alfa Romeo racing drivers: Sivocci, Ascari, Campari, and Enzo Ferrari (yes, that Ferrari).
Alfa Romeo prepared four cars for the event, and Ugo Sivocci had a green cloverleaf over a white square painted on his one, to try to propitiate “Lady Luck” for the grueling race ahead.
Ugo Sivocci crossed the line as the winner for the 1923 Targa Florio, giving Alfa Romeo its first major victory on the international racing circus.
Unfortunately, Sivocci’s good fortune wasn’t going to last, though. …
If questioned about automobile interior design, most managers will say something like this: “Interior Design is critical to us, as the interior is where our customers spend most of their time…” Yet, inside the design studio walls, the truth is often somewhat different. How do I know?
I’ve been a car designer for the best part of a decade, spending most of that time designing interiors. Not that I wanted to.
Public awareness of automobile design has never been more widespread. There have never been as many design academies worldwide.
Yet becoming a full-time car designer has never been more complicated, as this exceedingly small field is overwhelmed with newly-graduated students. …
Whenever challenged about a less-than-successful design, they’ll tell you it was because of inept management, marketing input, cost-cutting, legislation… And that’s often true.
Up until recently, it wasn’t uncommon for design managers to indicate new powertrains as a gateway to a new, exciting phase in automobile design. Fast forward to 2020 and, almost a decade after Tesla’s breakthrough Model S, the automobile industry at large is finally pivoting towards mass-market electrification… But you could be forgiven for not noticing. …
While I don’t regret my decision, I still find myself “missing” Twitter sometimes: a rather stark contrast with the “killing” of my Facebook and Instagram profiles, which felt like a liberation.
Hate, ignorance, and negativity always seemed to find its way to my eyeballs
My geeky automotive-themed content had attracted a sizable following over time and sparked a few exciting collaborations along the way.
The best thing about the automobile hobby is how it brings people together, and I really enjoyed the thoughtful conversations I had with fellow enthusiasts. …
The German Grand Prix was the fourth of seven races valid for the European Driver’s Championship, held on the 22.8 Kms long Nurburgring circuit.
Germany’s Third Reich considered motor racing a useful propaganda tool and, keen to showcase Germany’s superiority in automobile engineering, generously funded the racing programs of Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union.
The race was supposed to be a walkover for the “Silver Arrows,” as the Mercedes-Benz W25s were nicknamed: a home win in front of around 300,000 spectators and high-ranking Nazi party brass.
The Mercedes-Benz W25B was the car to beat: Its four liters supercharged straight-eight engine produced around 375HP, and its advanced chassis design featured independent suspension on all four wheels. …