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An enthusiastic meeting was held at the Spazio Ex Ansaldo yesterday, Wednesday November 5th, involving more than 40 students from both the Master’s and the One Year course in Car Design. Alessandro Maccolini, Exterior Chief Designer Alfa Romeo and designer of the 4C model range, gave a presentation about the design process of the successful mid-engined Italian sports cars. From the first coupé concept unveiled in 2011 to the spider launched at the recent Paris motorshow, the lightweight cars of the legendary Milanese car maker convey pure sports style through a blend of classic Alfa Romeo charm and innovative aerodynamic solutions.
Alessandro Maccolini is a long-time acquaintance of SPD having taught at the Master’s in Transportation and Car Design for almost ten years before moving to the Turin based design center of the Fiat Group. The students accompanied by Lorenzo Ardizio, professor of Car Design History and Culture, had the chance to discover the designer’s perspective and have a chat with him next to the car displayed in the former industrial spaces of the Ansaldo factory, now converted into a venue for the exhibition which annually gathers the best of Italian design. The selection committee of the Industrial Design Association ADI, composed of more than 100 experts, also selected another design from the Alfa Romeo Style Center: the Alfa Romeo 4C bicycle inspired by the dynamic and fluent lines of the car. On display also a scale model of the LaFerrari berlinetta, featured in the ADI Design Index 2014 together with the AlfaRomeo 4C, the Maserati Ghibli and the Pininfarina Sergio.