THE NEW FERRARI MODULO IN THE TOWN
NEW FERRARI MODULO – Elm enjoys challenging himself as a Transportation designer with his own shower thoughts. One of those ideas was to reinvent the Ferrari Modulo, a 1970s Ferrari concept developed by Pininfarina, a car far from the Ferrari world yet unique for its design concept.
INTRODUCTION: NEW FERRARI MODULO
Paolo Martin stripped down a 512S to create the Modulo, a vehicle with a wedged mono volume, low height, and quick lines. On the design front, there are various features within the idea that distinguish Modulo. From the semi-covered wheels to the waist red line, the open interior designed in the form of a jet fighter, and the 24 refrigeration holes in the back of the automobile. The Modulo design is distinctive due to the creation of a primary block (cabin+engine) in the centre of the car and lowering it to the level of the wheels to keep the centre of gravity as low as feasible. This enabled the creation of a mono volume and a particularly aerodynamic form.
The car had a V12 engine, two seats, and a spare wheel at the front. The inside is another example of clean design, with the room for the seats created by the form of the automobile; owing to the package, the sitting position is particularly low. There are two spheres on either side of the design, which hold an AC vent and a multifunction dashboard. Compared to other Ferraris at the time, the Modulo did not seem like a Ferrari, but underneath it possessed the chassis and heart of the 512S, a strange notion in Ferrari history.
The purpose of this personal project is to perform a comprehensive restyling of the 1970s Ferrari Modulo in more modern packaging, approaching it more to Ferrari standards, combining design elements from the original model and a personal design style, while preserving the distance with today’s Ferrari design language. Interestingly, The vehicle’s foundation was completed in a 4-hour live stream on Twitch. The goal was to model an automobile in 3D as quickly as feasible. The eventual product was the concept’s first renderings. Following the stream, the 3D model was further developed for a month and a half till it reached its final stage.
In the second step, we can examine how the volume of the cabin and wheels interact with each other by employing 3⁄4 front and rear. Because of the rotation of the front wheel, the waistline splits after it. This division in the component aids in the definition of the front wheel volume and the cabin volume. Unlike the original, which has two seats, this idea just has one. This modification narrows the vehicle and decreases the perceived weight surrounding the vehicle, making it more sporty and aerodynamic.
EXTERIOR DESIGN: NEW FERRARI MODULO
The primary form was the focus of the initial design phase. The interior should be at the same level as the wheels, providing an aerodynamic form, as per the original Modulo design. The original waistline helps provide a velocity sense to the vehicle and also establishes the height for the front and back of the automobile. Because the new idea is a road racing type, the clearance to the floor should be modest.
Other features, such as the front air intake, may be seen in these views. A black line that extends the waist red line in the original automobile has been turned into a front bumper. It contains the blinkers on the corners. The original front bumper is used as an air inlet for aerodynamic purposes in the restyling design, and the corners house the LED headlights. Continuing with the back, the red waistband closes the gap. The backlights were radically different in the original stage of design, replicating the Ferrari F430 light layout.
A large diffuser lies at the bottom, which is an important aerodynamics aspect for this vehicle because it lacks a spoiler. The wheel covers are also comparable to the original model. The wheels are semi-covered in the original, but in our proposal, they are covered with a tinted glass that allows you to look through while keeping the wheels covered.
This is a one-seater, as stated in the introduction. It’s a departure from the original, making it more exclusive and improving the racing experience behind the wheel. The interior design incorporates various aspects from the original proposal, including the bathtub seat, spherical AC vents, and clean contours throughout the cabin. The battery pack is located directly behind the seat and is protected by a carbon fibre component that focuses all of the heat produced by the battery and sends it out via the perforations in the rear window.
These holes are inspired by the 24 holes on the back cover of the original Modulo’s engine. This concept vehicle is driven by electricity, with the drivetrain located at the back wheels and powered by in-wheel Electric Motors. The battery pack is directly where the engine used to be.
Elm Solà is a Barcelona-based Transportation Designer. IED Barcelona graduates in June 2021. Passionate about transportation since he was a child, he worked his way to his ambition of being a vehicle designer, creating his own automobile designs, and establishing his own car company. His design philosophy combines the historical look of vintage automobiles with new standards in order to resurrect ancient icons and preserve their reputation. His ideas, which are a fundamental talent for a creative mind, are one of his strengths as a designer.