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  Italdesign Zerouno

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:2017
Source:Company press release
Last updated:March 09, 2017
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe setting at the front is inspired by the ultimate top-performance cars: single-seater racing cars. The characteristic feature of the nose is the six-sided polygon first seen in the GTZero concept-car in 2016 which will also be referenced again in future projects. Together with the two side air intakes, it ensures the optimum flow of intake air.

Potential lift effects caused by the intake of air through the central slot, as highlighted by simulated aerodynamic tests in the virtual reality centre, were eliminated thanks to an aerodynamic solution named Y Duct. The air enters the central intake, flows along a "Y-shaped" path and emerges from the two apertures inserted in the upper part of the bonnet, thereby generating downforce.

This aerodynamic flow is maximised by the rear spoiler's lower wings that increase the downforce.

The spoilers with overlapping wings that characterise the lower part of the car's design at the front and the rear alike are suspended and help create an additional aerodynamic load.

The slots on the front and rear wheel arches not only highlight ZEROUNO' s rather aggressive looks but also help dissipate hot air.

The lights use Full LED technology and also perform an aerodynamic function since they are floating systems mounted inside the front and rear wings.

The rear view highlights ZEROUNO's "extreme" character - and the "semi-naked" styling is particularly evident: the taut, angular outlines of the spoilers reveal the tyres and, in the middle, the two 80 cm wide laminar exhausts in titanium, which are designed to accelerate the out-flow of exhaust gases.

Rims are usually noticed because of their generous dimensions and the aesthetic impact they have on the overall volume of the vehicle. This element was also specifically designed for ZEROUNO and is the equally the outcome of combined styling and engineering. Built in aluminium by the Italian company OZ, with a diameter of 20", rims were designed to extract the hot air generated by the powerful carbon-ceramic braking system with 8 pistons at the front and 6 at the rear. The structure is fitted with a perimeter turbine in carbon fibre that maximises the aerodynamic effect and the cooling of the breaking system.

In order to achieve a light weight designers and engineers also joined forces inside the cockpit. Since this car has type-approval for driving on public roads - it is consequently equipped with front and side airbags. Italdesign emphasised the use of material and on-board systems ensuring high performance and low weight. The interior of the car is simultaneously essential yet elegant, in keeping with the exterior: carbon fibre dominates the overall styling. Door panels, dashboard and central tunnel are all made exclusively with this material. The digital cockpit houses all the car's main controls. Three small monitors in the middle of the dashboard, on the other hand, control all air conditioning functions.

The dual-clutch 7 speed gearbox is controlled by classic paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.

The five lucky owners of ZEROUNO will be able to maximise the customisation of their cars so that each one will be truly unique. Over and above finishing the bodywork with a colour specifically developed for the client, including full carbon look, Italdesign has also developed several optional packages involving the exterior and inside the cockpit.

The most extreme customisation is offered with the "Corsa" package, which boosts an accentuated aerodynamic layout dedicated to race track performance and is designed to ensure the performances and the handling of the car with special designed light weight side mirrors, carbon fibre monocoque seats frame, racing rear wing with central longitudinal fin, monodado rims and a dedicated sport, titanium made, muffler. The "Corsa" package will be for track use only.

Not only was the ZEROUNO' s front design inspired by the single-seater racing cars, the tyres too have a direct motorsport link. Italdesign chose Formula 1's exclusive tyre supplier, Pirelli, to equipe its first Automobili Speciali model. The engineers developed a dedicated version of the high-performing Pirelli tyres, the P Zero, in 245/30 R20 for the front and 305/30 R20 for the back.

Featuring High Working Range tread compounds, able to guarantee maximum grip in all conditions, ZEROUNO 's dedicated tyres belong to the new line of coloured tyres, premiered in Geneva by Pirelli. The new Pirelli tyres will be available in four different colors: white, red, yellow and metallic grey.

The world launch of ZEROUNO involves an alliance between Italdesign and Geneva watchmaker Roger Dubuis, renowned for its avant-garde approach to design and engineering, to create an exclusive eight-piece, proudly Italian collection of the brand's iconic Excalibur Spider wrist watch. Produced in hi-tech and innovative materials such carbon and ceramic, the Excalibur Spider Italdesign Edition perfectly represents the forward-looking attitude that ideally unites Italdesign and Roger Dubuis in their respective industries.

The notion of tailormade and handmade, the attention to detail, the choice of the best materials possible, fired by a combination of vast knowledge, comprehensive expertise, sophisticated research and innovative drive are the key elements shared by the ZEROUNO and the Excalibur Spider.

Powered by hand-wound Flying Tourbillon Skeleton Calibre RD505SQ, the Excalibur Spider Italdesign Edition with its cutting-edge materials and world-class design is no exception to these values and a magnificent symbol of a fruitful partnership to come.

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