Transportation Design master students at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Turin seem to have clearly drawn inspiration from the Nissan and the Ellure Concept when they created their all-electric two-door, the Abarth scorpION. With similar nose and headlight styling as the Japanese sedan concept seen last year in Los Angeles, the two-door pulls off a much more interesting sports car look. This is also present on the current ESFLOW concept EV, also at Geneva.
The four-meter-long student designed car uses four electric motors, with one placed at each wheel. These motors are powered by a lithium-ion (get it? "scorpION") battery pack buried behind the seats and under the rear cargo hold. IED says this gives the car a low center of gravity, but the position of the battery makes us wonder how well balanced the model truly is. At 1,905mm (75 inches), the car is as wide as an Aston Martin DBS, but is closer in length and height to the Morgan Roadster.
"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," said IED Turin Director César Mendoza. "This study has encouraged our students to conceive bold, innovative styling and volumetric solutions."
Working under the guidance of Pininfarina's Luca Borgogno and Maserati's Luigi Giampaolo, the student design team of Emre Husmen, Alexandre Goloskok, Avdar Nigmatullin, Maksym Shkinder, Karla Dennis Soriano Farfan, Chrysanthos Therapontos and Marcos Villalon have shown a great deal of promise with this model. Assistance was also provided by Pirelli, OZ Racing, GR Painting and italian manufacturing firm CECOMP.
The Abarth scorp-ION will be at the IED stand throughout the Geneva Motor Show alongside two 1:4 scale thesis projects built with the help of McLaren.