In his inaugural address at the Formula Futuro Exhibition at the Mauto – the National Car Museum in Turin – that celebrates the 90th anniversary of the famous Turin coachbuilder and open until 12th September, Paolo Pininfarina, the Chairman of the company said “Alongside me, together with the 1965 Dino Berlinetta Speciale, is a style preview of the driving simulator we designed and built for The Classic Car Trust, inspired by the forms of the legendary Cisitalia 202 and created to give enthusiasts the thrill of driving the most prestigious classic cars using cutting-edge technologies”. In fact, the model, named “Sportiva”, is proof that real classic cars can be flanked by an elegant and technological object that faithfully replicates the pleasure of driving famous models on famous tracks from the comfort and safety of one’s own garage or even the living room.
In addition to the simulator, the bridge between the past and the future is also beautifully demonstrated by futuristic models – such as the safe single-seater concept, the 1969 Ferrari-powered Sigma Grand Prix – or contemporary models such as the hydrogen-powered H2 Speed and the Battista, fully electric with 1,900 horsepower.
But the vision of the future comes from afar, as models that have interpreted tomorrow clearly show, also thanks to the great wind tunnel of Pininfarina: the P6, defined by Paolo as “the mother of all berlinettas”, the BB and the Sergio.
An exhibition well worth seeing in order to fully understand the importance of structures outside the manufacturers, capable of daring ideas and creativity that cater for the needs of today and tomorrow. An important detail? How about the very contemporary need to maintain a balanced relationship with nature by recycling things that have already been created? A detail found in the Battista’s interior made from “briccole”, the ancient wooden poles used to moor the gondolas in the Venice lagoon.