Architecture inspired electric Ferrari

CHRIS HARRIS
Last updated 11:00 30/11/2011
Ferrari Millennio
CONCEPT: The Ferrari Millennio design.

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With the age of the electric car fast approaching, many believe it's a golden opportunity to bin conventional car design and start with a clean sheet.

Regular mechanical engineering doesn't necessarily apply to zero-emissions vehicles, so why not design them accordingly?

That's what Marko Petrovic argues with his Ferrari Millennio - an electric supercar design study, inspired by modern architecture and the Ferrari World theme park in Abu Dhabi.

The futuristic-looking building is said to be the world's largest indoor park and hosts the world's fastest roller-coaster and a G-force ride that catapults riders up 62 metres and back down.

The Millennio is influenced by the building's intricate interplay of different surfaces, textures and materials.

The car's front and rear are inspired by the lines of the Italian supercar maker's models, reinterpreted with a mix of different elements.

The lightweight, two-seat supercar is theoretically powered by two electric motors, while the intricate exterior would be made from advanced materials such as buckypaper.

Claimed to be 10 times lighter and more than 500 times stronger than steel, buckypaper is an ultra-thin sheet made from an aggregate of carbon nanotubes.

It is currently undergoing tests for armour and fire-fighting applications. The exterior also includes a silicon layer that gives extra protection.

The Serbia-based industrial designer believes the visual design progress of electric cars is much slower than their technical development.

"Ferrari needs to maintain their philosophy of making the best and fastest cars in the world," Petrovic says. ''But will the [need for] speed be so dominant in the future?''

Petrovic believes future-generation Ferrari owners may not be so familiar with speed and performance but rather the sense of owning a piece of art.

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- The Age

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