2011 Ferrari Design Contest: 21 Stunning Hypercars

By Seyth Miersma

July 22, 2011


ETERNITÀ (First Place). By Kim Cheong Ju, (South Korea), Ahn Dre (South Korea), Lee Sahngseok (South Korea). Description: A 2-seater super barchetta which has light, layered carbon surfaces and the traditional F1 design heritage of Ferrari in a project focused on hyper-efficiency. We propose an innovative powertrain consisting of light-layered carbon surfaces, a physical flywheel energy storage system, superconductive motor which is both powerful and highly efficient, and hydrogen generator.


XEZRI (Second Place). By Samir Sadikhov (Azerbaijian). Description: The aim was to produce not only the most innovative but also the most beautiful Ferrari ever, inspired by natural wind, an ultimate “hypercar”. Therefore my concept wanted to represent real beauty fluttering in the wind, highlighting not only aesthetic aspects but also depicting wind as a free energy for the car. Trying to use flexible aerodynamics elements, by which I was inspired, the wing of the vehicle has been positioned horizontally on the roof of the car so as not to block aerodynamism. Used as a spoiler, this wing raises when exceeding the 200km/h speed and intake under the wing allows the wind to get in and cool down the engine. As a second innovation I propose small air-turbines to charge the interior devices which are located in the side intakes.


CAVALLO BIANCO (Third Place). By Henry Cloke (UK), Qi Haitao (PRC). Description: The Cavallo Bianco is a winter hypercar for a frozen Riviera; designed for racing over an ice lake and arriving in a luxury ski resort. It continues Ferrari’s combination of excitement and glamor in a new segment for the company, taking into account climate shifts and expanding Russian and Chinese markets. A turbo charged 4 cylinder engine runs on bio-ethanol to generate electrical power, passing through a battery to eliminate turbo lag, and driving an electric motor at every corner for maximum grip in icy conditions.


FERRARI 428 SPYDER CORSA. By Alexander McGowen (USA). Description: This car is a work of art. It’s really understated for a machine with a $150K-plus price tag, making it a perfect vehicle for the driver who has the money to spend on a car like this, but isn’t looking to necessarily flaunt their wealth. And you can’t go wrong with that engine, either. This car is fast and smooth. And, while it may look like just another Mercedes to the casual passerby, it’s unforgettable to any person who takes it for a ride.


F80. By Jae Han Song (South Korea). Description: The F80 is a fighter jet inspired twin turbine engine hypercar, which is made for Ferrari’s 80th anniversary. It combines the latest F1 developed technology and timeless Ferrari design. The car is a tandem two-seat coupe with an all glass canopy. It has two naturally aspirated turbo shaft engines that will be derived from the turbo shaft engines used in the 2020 Ferrari Formula One car. Because of the turbines great success in F1, Ferrari has decided for 2025 to produce 20 road going versions of this turbine car to be sold to the public and call it the F80. Even though it is a street legal car, this car is designed for the track, taking all the F1 technology of 2025 and placing it in a road going car that would appeal to the Ferrari enthusiasts.


FERRARI ACHILLEO. By Jose Casas (Mexico). Description: The Achilleo Ferrari concept is based on the idea of a continuous shape, a never-ending surface, strong and resilient like Ferrari itself. Achilleo is pure, a vehicle without compromise, capable of reconciling opposites, the Ferrari of tomorrow. The exterior surfaces of the vehicle transition around the Achilleo connecting the design together, the interior grows from the rear wing becoming structure of the interior and ultimately the instrument panel. This seamless concept is driven by technology, which allows the vehicle to be a solid one-piece red sculpture with no glass breaks. While the Achilleo it’s in the off mode it sits elegant as a solid red form, once the ignition is engaged nano-paint particles in the windshield activate, the red sculpture becomes transparent, and the driver is now clear to drive with passion. Achilleo is equipped with the Ferrari V10 engine, but also incorporates a hybrid system of ultra-light batteries, which at low speeds and while idling power the vehicle. This system can also be turned off and on when the roar and raw power of the V10 must be experienced.


FERRARI FLUSSO. By Marc Devauze (France), Vianney Brecheisen (France), Alexandre Labruyère (France). Description: In 2025, individuality will disappear more and more in a context where everybody will have to make the difference accessing the same resources. The Ferrari Flusso is the answer to this future need. Thanks to nanotechnologies, the Flusso’s bodywork is moving and following the aerodynamic flows to provide better performance to the driver. Using this solution each Flusso will be different and each customer will be able to choose his own Flusso’s shape. Flusso will create a revolution in the sports-car industry.


F750. By Marc Devauze (France), Vianney Brecheisen (France), Alexandre Labruyère (France). Description: 2025, the world population is near to 11 Billion. A new kind of global behavior appears: altruism. The F750 customer doesn’t want to keep a car for himself, he\her needs to share as much the car than his experiences. The Ferrari F750 (that stands for 750 kg) is the perfect answer for this customer; keeping the roots with the rear petrol engine, but thanks to the 2 front electric engines, Ferrari introduces the e-Driving. Electricity gives immediate torque, and is used here as a boost. Furthermore, the user has to buy only a cocoon (ultra customizable interior), and get a choice about the Powered Base (P.B). Thanks to this P.B, he can exchange, share, and live new experiences. With this car, Ferrari launches a brand new “e-sharing” experience.


F-ESTETICO. By Ryu Je Chan (South Korea), Lee Jung Han (South Korea), Choong Hyun Kim (South Korea) Description: This car is based on carbon fiber covered by a lithium surface. Thanks to this technical solution the whole frame supplies electricity to the engine. In terms of design this car reflects outside the internal mechanical aestheticism.


P27. By Lee Han (South Korea), Byung-Yoon Min (South Korea), Soo-Yeon Kim (South Korea). Description: Eco fun. There are two driving modes in this vehicle: advanced electric drive and traditional gasoline.


382 MONACO. By Leandro Alberto Martín (Argentina). Description: Imagine t combination of all the passion that Ferrari shows in Formula 1 and add the incredible glamor of the city of Monaco: all of this makes the 382 a 3 seaters dream car. Its futuristic line and high technology will give you the experience of extreme driving combined with the taste of Monaco’s glamorous nights. The 382 Monaco has all the strength and fluidity of a Ferrari, using the electronic of the future to generate a new sensual and elegant concept, typical of Ferrari tradition.


F25. By Riccardo Bordin (Italy), Diego Dellavalle (Italy). Description: The aim of our project was to set up a car developed for maximum performance, with the capacity to maintain unchanged the balance of internal stability (performance, aerodynamics, cooling components), as external conditions change, through self-regulating processes. This happens in living organisms by means of homeostasis, that is the continuous series of actions/reactions, to maintain stability. Our Ferrari wants to look like a living organism, to increase driving pleasure and create a strong connection between man and car


FERRARI DUELITRI. By Alessandro Di Gregorio (Italy), Andrea Amato (Italy), Masashi Matsumoto (Japan). Description: Man-machine fusion brings to extremes. Our hypercar is born from this concept. It is designed as an ideal connection between man, his wild instincts and driving passions, and the Ferrari’s most advanced technologies. This hypercar is the natural extension of the body. Inside there’s a mechanism based on the same muscle activity that can be developed and updated by the owner adapting to different road situations and driving dynamics. Parts made in Shape Memory Alloys make possible opening and closing air vents and stabilizer fins. These are all designed to maximize the aerodynamic performance of the car. Why Duelitri? Following the technology transfer from F1 to mass production, and with an eye to look up the future regulations of the category, the Ferrari will be equipped with a V8 2000 cm3 engine and twin turbochargers. A small engine is compact, light and efficient.


FERRARI F304. By Manuel Varilla Gutiérrez (Spain), Gerard Lorente Romàn (Spain). Description: The project is in complete synergy with the latest technology while offering a unique and genuine driving experience. F304 is a vehicle that combines an electromagnetic active suspension, which controls the accelerations in the cabin, and an augmented reality interface. As a result of this combination, the driver will experience sensations only found in the world of Formula 1. Even In 2025 Ferrari looks to its origins.


FERRARI TROFEO. Alejandro Esteban Bustos (Spain), Guido Dodero (Argentina), Marcel Moritz (Germany). Description: Ferrari Trofeo is a vehicle especially created for the Ferrari one make series. Ferrari Trofeo is a concept car where the elements of luxury and exclusivity are represented by the passion for extreme competition, the transformation aimed to improve the driving experience and the combination of driver and car. Ferrari Trofeo is designed to face any challenge to compete with an asymmetrical design in which the engine, belonging to a new electrical power generation, becomes the co-pilot of the driver. The height of the vehicle adjusts itself depending on the different surface typologies to guarantee the maximum performance. Welcome to the year 2025 Ferrari Challenge.


FERRARI UNIQUE. By Marta Beltrán (Spain), Ruben Oya (Spain). Description: Unique is a fully customized concept car. The goal of the project is to satisfy a customer that wants a unique and unrepeatable vehicle. Unique starts with a very specific analysis of its user with a body and visual scan. From this study perfect measures and proportions as well as precise knowledge of the user are obtained, which then are transmitted to the machine. The result is a unique single chassis for each user, a complete customization. Furthermore Unique is a high performance electric vehicle, and due to its innovative materials has invisible batteries that lighten the vehicle’s weight. It is a vehicle which preserves Ferrari’s brand sensuality, elegance and style.


FERRARI PEGASO. By Giuseppe Ceccio (Italy), Giacomo Pierin (Italy), Matteo Politano (Italy). Description: Ferrari 540 Pegaso is a pure and extreme sports-car that can be described using three words: technology, limit and challenge. Technology and limit: the 540 Pegaso owns a technological core that allows an auto-pilot feature, thus enabling the car to have unique performance, overcoming human limits, also from the physical point of view, intended as reaction and resistance, becoming the incarnation of the Ferrari Myth itself. Here we find the third keyword, challenge: the car can still be driven either as a standard car, where the pilot, contrary to a conventional interior, is literally connected to the body of the car, or driven as in a competition where the driver wants to experience a perfect and extreme performance, in a direct match between man and machine.


FERRARI ETHESIAN. By Alessandro Nardolillo (Italy). Description: Ferrari Ethesian was born as a one-off for a customer who wanted to create a unique car according to his needs and tastes, but giving importance also to design and technology. The sculptural forms, volumes and lines have the typical dynamics of Maranello’s brand inspired to the world of 'aircraft and' to the use of technology such as turbines, flaps, and the vents' air assets. In this way the car gets a good look out of the ordinary and refined, thanks to the particular coverage of the front and the roof that gives dynamism to the side. Lightness is another concept which has been taken into account during the design phase, in the choice of strong and light materials, such as Kevlar, titanium and carbon fiber. Special attention has been given also to the environment, placing the electric motor on the front axle that is recharged from the energy of the turbines. Finally the flaps are also useful for the cars when turning and braking, thus reducing fuel consumption and consequently the production of CO2.

THE DRAKE. By Pan Dai (PRC), Zhou Yimin (PRC), Wu Jia (PRC). Description: The goal was to find the most efficient way to recharge the battery pack that powers the 4 electric motors fitted on The Drake. By evaluating the developing potential of turbines technology for 2025 we introduce new factors of innovation, performance and all in pure Ferrari heritage. Our micro-turbines only weight 10 Kg each. Also, the gases expelled by our 8 turbines are channeled though the rear Venturi, generating downforce that makes The Drake more stable at high speed (exceeding 350 km/h). The JET-V8 propulsion system it’s designed to be modular in its function. According to the power required, a variable number of turbines can start spinning. At lower speeds (turbines speed and vehicle’s speed), the high torque generated by the electric motors (in 100% battery-powered mode) is enough to accelerate The Drake performs 0 to 100 km/h in 2.4 seconds. Motive force is provided by four electric motors each weighing only 24 Kg, which combine to produce 1000 hp along with an irresistible 1500 pound-feet of torque. Since the micro-turbines, which deliver 60 hp each, sip from a 25 liters diesel tank, The Drake’s CO2 emission is only 18g/km. The zero-emission range (with all 8 turbines not spinning) is estimated around 120 kilometers. The ultra thin battery pack which weighs 60 kg and has a capacity of 50kW and sits down low in the middle of the carbon fiber frame. The system is connected to the wheels through a single clutch 7 speed transmission.) The new tire design helps to improve the top speed and traction at all speeds, according to all driving conditions. Each wheel has two separate tires, independently changing their width becoming wider to provide a stronger grip or narrower to reduce drag and to increase top speed and efficiency. Also, an exciting feature of The Drake is the power sensor body frame. Hidden in the car’s body is a powerful function that, when enabled, allows the sensors within the car to read the driver’s feeling (the heartbeat, the widening of the pupils, the sound of his voice) to modify the vehicle’s body accordingly. The body is made by surfaces whose binding areas will be forced to open, stretching out and revealing a strong light shining inside. The Hyper Connective Tissue (HiCT) represents The Drake’s awakened power and allows the car to change its aerodynamic to meet the more intense way to driving.


P425. By Goran Ozbolt (Germany), Jan Rosenthal (Germany), Marianna Merenmies (Finland). Description: The concept derives from the metaphoric contraction of a muscle pushing forward. Just as a future electric Ferrari would “contract” explosively foreword. While each part of the interior contracts in the right way to support its driver. Letting the car become an extension of the driver. We picture the future of a Ferrari hypercar as a electric vehicle. With yet a timeless shape keeping in line with a layout the brand got famous with. A mid-engine layout with a strong cab-forward green house. The greenhouse covered by the outer shell cooling the car as well as keeping it on the ground. This whole package is supported by a suction fan with two easily exchangeable battery packs.


FERRARI GTE. By Lena Knab (Austria), Paul Nichols (USA), Adam Setter (UK). Description: The project Ferrari GTE was driven by the idea to showcase an EV (electric vehicle) hypercar for Ferrari. Our aim was to advance the architecture of the hypercar through evolving technologies, primarily electric power. In the design, we are focusing on the unique architecture and packaging offered by the EV Powertrain. The small footprint of the EV Powertrain allowed unique volumes to evolve naturally. To sufficiently cool the batteries that power the Ferrari GTE, we placed F1 inspired side pods to create an air tunnel to move the flow of air over the batteries. Combining this with the one plus one seating arrangement for a minimum frontal area creates a dramatic blend of performance and beauty fit only for a Ferrari.


Having announced the winners of the 2011 Ferrari Design Challenge yesterday, we thought it only appropriate that we share the concepts that made winning so tough this year.

Check out all of the concept art and vehicle briefs that were up for consideration in this year’s Challenge. Some fantastic art and design here, as well as more than a couple very innovative ideas behind the scenes. Don’t miss out on reading the descriptions.

We’ve got the top three teams listed here first, but be sure to tell us, in the comments section below, which of these Ferrari Hypercar designs you would have picked as the best overall.