Alfa Romeo Scighera (Italdesign) (1997)
At the Geneva Motor Show in 1997 Giorgetto Giugiaro and his colleagues from Italdesign presented their new development – a prototype of a mid-engined supercar called the Scighera. According to its creators, this model was conceived not as another “example” in the search for new forms and styles, but as a fully operational car for possible small-scale production.
There is no need to argue about the scope of the Scighera: everything in it speaks of a racing vocation, from the low, predatory silhouette of the body that breeds the Bugatti ID 90 and BMW Nazca of the same authors, and ending with engine characteristics (3-liter V-shaped “six” (manufactured by Alfa Romeo with two turbochargers capable of developing 400 hp at 7500 rpm).
The use of composite materials and aluminum in the chassis and body panels reduced the weight of the car to 1450 kg. This is a very good weight, given the presence of Scighera all-wheel drive.
The Scighera has the reverse tilt of the front struts and the characteristic solution of the front and rear light units in the form of vertical stripes attract attention.
Inspired by the reaction of the public at the motor show, the creators of Scighera predict a great future for their offspring, up to participation in the famous endurance race “24 hours of Le Mans”.
There were opportunities for development the road and sports version of the car: the design of the side windows, which rise, while the door is traditionally swing, allows you to transform a closed compartment into a variant with a body of targa.