‘Ever since I was a young boy, I’ve been drawing sports cars’
A strong title for the second in WAFT’s ‘Ever Since…’ series that delves into the mysteries of car design, albeit a specific one. Indeed, across 252 pages, only 16 cars are put under the microscope, including among others the BMW i8, the Lamborghini Huracán, the McLaren P1 and the Bugatti Veyron.
Don’t think though that each of these 16 earned their spot through sheer power or an outrageous price tag. The more humble (by comparison) Jaguar F-TYPE, Nissan GT-R and Alfa Romeo 4C also make the cut, the 240bhp-1200bhp machines ranging in price from $56,500 to $1.8 million. It’s all about the beauty.
Alongside stunning (and largely unseen) sketches of each model, an insight into each car’s design brief and process, the issues involved therein, importance elements of the bodywork, and the significance of each ‘icon’ today. Said insight is brought to the readers via each model’s respective, meaning noted names like Ian Callum (Director of Jaguar’s Design Department), Benoit Jacob (Head of BMW i-Design), Filippo Perini (Director of Lamborghini Design), Frank Stephenson (Head of McLaren Design) and Ed Welburn (General Motor’s Design Director). Even Maserati chief director Lorenzo Ramaciotti – with whom crankandpiston.com spoke at the 2013 Dubai Motor Show – gives his thoughts on the Maserati GranTurismo.
Petrolheads will no doubt find some fascinating insight into not only each car’s enterprise but also each designer’s career. Did you know for instance that Head of BMW i-Design Benoit Jacob penned not only the BMW i8 but the Dacia Logan? And are you aware why, at the end of the SRT Viper production line, lies the words ‘today we are a car company again’?
Those of you interested in checking out this $65 Hardcover title can head HERE for more details, and perhaps check out the first book in WAFT’s ‘Ever Since…’ series, Masters of Car Design.
– Our thanks to Bart Lenaerts