Images of Pininfarina’s sleek Cambiano concept have been leaked ahead of its official Geneva unveil
4 March 2012

Images of Pininfarina’s sleek Cambiano concept have been leaked ahead of its official unveil at the Geneva motor show.

Technical details of the Geneva concept have also emerged. It is powered by four battery-powered 79bhp electric motors (one in each wheel), which are topped up by a front-mounted diesel turbine.

Top speed is a claimed 170mph, while the sprint to 62mph from standing is dispatched in 4.2sec. In electric mode only, the Cambiano can cover around 125 miles before the generator kicks in.

Seen here, the concept uses an unusual one-plus-two door configuration. On the car’s passenger side, the rear door is rear-hinged and B-pillar has been eliminated. The large single driver side door also provides access to the sculpted rear seats.

Further external features include a full-length glass roof and use of LED lights for the concept’s headlamps.

Inside the Cambiano, extensive use of wood makes up the flooring and glass is used on the centre console.

The Cambiano has also been designed to celebrate joint Pininfarina landmarks, the 30th anniversary of the Styling Centre and 10 years since the Engineering Centre began.

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27 February 2012

Now that is an interior!

I've often wondered why no one has put a car with a wooden interior floor in to production before. With modern manufacturing processes it would be relatively easy to make a stable laminate that could be pre-formed and easily fitted.

The use of glass is also good, although I can see that may cause a few more problems from a safety perspective!

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

27 February 2012

Love the concept, but are we really all behind the idea of hub motors in wheels?! Someone did this in a MINI a few years back and in terms of providing maximum power to the wheels, it was fantastic. The problem was that the handling was absolutely awful. The result is basically the electric equivalent of a fat-wheeled dragster. Amazing straight line performance, but completely impractical when it comes to day-to-day driving. I think the only vehicles with in-wheel motors that will prove effective will be low-speed urban vehicles that use them in order to be able to turn 360 degrees essentially on the spot (i.e. work the motors in opposing directions).

27 February 2012

Looks abit like last years Volvo You concept from the front

27 February 2012

[quote Sam_notts]

Looks abit like last years Volvo You concept from the front

[/quote]I was just about to say the same! Very much akin to the new Volvo design language from the front. The interior is rather Scandinavian as well. Could this be a subtle hint as to a possible Pininfarina-Volvo tie up, I wonder? A P1800S for the 21st Century perhaps?


27 February 2012

Oh no, cheap laminate wooden floor! No, don't, seriously, don't.

27 February 2012

[quote sirwilliam]. I think the only vehicles with in-wheel motors that will prove effective will be low-speed urban vehicles that use them in order to be able to turn 360 degrees essentially on the spot (i.e. work the motors in opposing directions).[/quote]

That, and robot vehicles exploring planets.

27 February 2012

So true to Pininfarina's heritage, a kind of 60s elegance but without being remotely (horrid word alert:) 'retro.' (Up front, I was thinking more Camaro than Volvo You.) A really lovely thing.

27 February 2012

I actually saw hints of SD1 about the profile, and the frontal aspect reminded me of Peugeots - the 504 coupe and the 406 D9 saloon facelift. (Pug hasn't released a 508 coupe yet...)

Myk

27 February 2012

Not a fan, sorry. It looks unfinished. If you like I could run over and add some nice details.

27 February 2012

[quote TegTypeR]I've often wondered why no one has put a car with a wooden interior floor in to production before. With modern manufacturing processes it would be relatively easy to make a stable laminate that could be pre-formed and easily fitted.[/quote]

Crash..

It's a nice idea, but more likely to make it is a composite material that looks like wood.

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