The Maserati Tramontane is a concept vehicle designed
by Ondrej Jirec. Jirec's previous work includes the Audi
O concept from 2008. The Tramontane concept was developed
by Jirec as part of his studies at the Art Center College
of Design in Pasadena.
The Tramontane was not conceived as a competition car,
but instead an electric powered cruiser suited for scenic,
In Jirec's own words the Maserati Tramontane is "a
lightweight electric luxury supercar. Its design philosophy
is simplification and emotion. The idea behind this concept
is to reduce the number of body parts, lower the overall
weight, and simplify the building process by combining
exterior and interior elements."
Aside from the slippery, aerodynamic overall shape, the
most eye-catching aspect of the concept's design is the
number of components and body panels which flow from the
interior to the exterior. These body parts have different
functions, color, material and characteristics which are
designed to add different dimensions and effect the overall
feel of the vehicle.
The first layer is the main glass exterior surface that
essentially envelops the entire car. It is supported by
a black frame which attaches to the chassis.
The second layer is composed of the headlamps and the
dashboard. This single piece carries the LED headlights
and flows smoothly back into the interior where it protects
the speakers and interior air vents.
The third layer of the Tramontane creates the lower sections
of the seats and, as it reaches the exterior, also carries
the taillights. This particular part possesses very high
resistance to impact. In case of side impact the seat
and chassis work together to protect the occupants. But
in the event of a rear collision, this part contains a
crumple zone that will collapse, so the seats remain protected.
The fourth layer, placed in the front, serves as a housing
for the electric motor and also as a dashboard. This element
is attached to the chassis and hides the motor, frame,
and all the electronics.
The interior design is very clean and simple due to the
fact that the Tramontane is an open car. The dashboard
is dominated by a large gauge with a digital display.
The interior structural pillars behind passenger seats
take clues from the Maserati
Birdcage and create a link to the Maserati history.
At 4,250mm (167 inches) in length the Maserati Tramontane
is just 50mm (2 inches) shorter than the Lamborghini Gallardo.
The 1,170mm (46 inches) height is almost identical to
The proposed drivetrain for the concept is an all-electric
setup. The front wheels are driven by one electric motor,
while the rear wheels each get their own motor.
Source: Ondrej Jirec