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
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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