1. SBARRO

    CHALLENGE I Meer informatie

    1985

    Standard Silhouette SBARRO - CHALLENGE I - 1985

For those who like wedge-shaped cars, this is the ultimate treat. No concessions have been made to this form – its line is uninterrupted. The Swiss designer Franco Sbarro wanted to demonstrate in 1985 that such a design could result in a very low drag coefficient. In this case it was 0.26.

Interior and exterior mirrors have been eliminated, but there is a camera in the rear which projects images of the traffic behind the car onto two screens in the doors. The car is also equipped with, for its time, an ultra-modern audio system with a graphic equaliser and CD player, as well as a video recorder. The Sbarro Challenge I was equipped with a Mercedes-Benz engine, if only to prove that the car could be a viable production model. The headlights are reminiscent of the Ford GT40, which also happens to be one of Sbarro’s favourite cars.

Franco Sbarro is primarily famous for the conversions, prototypes and replicas that he built in his own factory from 1971 onwards. In 1992 Franco Sbarro founded a college for car design and construction.