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IED Abarth Scorp-ION concept car

IED Abarth Scorp-ION concept car

IED Abarth Scorp-ION concept car
Make IED
Model Scorp-ION
Concept year 2011
Production year -
Engine electric

The IED (Istituto Europeo di Design of Turin) presented the Scorp-ION concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

The Scorp-ION is a proposal for an electric powered Abarth model. The name is both a play on words - highlighting the 'ION' part to advertise its electric power source - and also a reference to the Abarth scorpion logo.

Designed by IED students taking their masters degree in Transportation Design, and constructed in cooperation with Abarth, the Scorp-ION is a compact two-seat sports coupe with unusual styling - especially at the rear - and a 100 percent electric drivetrain.

The power comes from a lithium-ion battery located behind the seats. This supplies electricity to the four in-wheel electric motors, allowing more space for the occupants and luggage.

In order to make the Abarth Scorp-ION concept as efficient as possible the design has been honed in the wind tunnel. This has resulted in design features like the covered rear wheels, raked windscreen and low roofline. Emerging up behind the roof - where the rear window would normally be - is a forward slanting antenna which is apparently the Scorp-ION's sting.

Cesar Mendoza, Director of the IED Turin said of the concept: "It's always exciting and also a source of a particular apprehension to know that our school participates each year at the Geneva Motor Show without having a definitive vision, from the outset, of the project we will present; a vision that is gradually refined and takes shape once the concept has been completed by the students.

It is this silent confidence in our students and which exists among the school, lecturers and students that underlies the professional growth of each single designer. The concept premiered this year is already a source of great satisfaction as it has provided us with the opportunity to carry out research into a great Italian marque, its character, also considering the use of alternative sources of energy. This study has encouraged our students to conceive bold, innovative styling and volumetric solutions".

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