Race and Art Cars.
Here, we are not proposing to discuss if car design is a form or art. That subject has been discussed many times, again and again, and no convincing conclusion has been reached so far, with everyone having his own opinion. Just as it is usual when it comes to a definition of beauty, style and arts.
This time my attention has been stimulated by the images of a “safety car for the MotoGP” championship that BMW has sent out recently. The graphic work is so strong and clear that I ended up liking it so much that I wondered why this works of graphic art are confined to motor racing.
Car Design News has honoured the achievements of Marcello Gandini, through more than 50 years of activity, recently at a ceremony in Geneva on the eve of the 2014 motor show.
Jury member were authoritative professionals by the name of Laurens van den Acker, VP design for Renault, Moray Callum, VP design at Ford, Sooshin Choi, professor at leading design school CCS, Richard Chung, VP industrial design at Johnson Controls, Gert Hildebrand, head of design for newcomer Qoros, Steve Mattin, design director at Lada, Gorden Wagener, VP design at Mercedes-Benz and Ed Welburn, VP of global design at GM.
Mr Gandini was honoured for his «outstanding contribution to car design that stretches back to the 1965 Lamborghini Miura» (actually completed and presented in early 1966, editor’s note, «as well as its Countach and Diablo successors.
The unofficial portrait of a superlative designer, from the memory book of Giancarlo Perini.
«When he dreams, the man is a genius; indomitable and brave as a Genius» (from Akira Kurosawa's Dreams, 1989).
«Gandini is fantastic. Unbeatable when it comes to creating way-out sports cars with overpowering aggression: some of his coupes seem to bite the ground even when they are standing still. »