Scaglietti Project

Here is a printout that is full-size and was printed at Office Max (and taped together) and I taped to plastiboard so the shape could be “eyeball engineered” at 1-to-1 dimensions.  Important lesson learned years ago in that a small 1/24 or 1/4th scale illustration might look good but doesn’t always relate to full-size scale.  This is especially important when there is a lot of lofting and curves in the shape that would be formed to create the bodywork itself.  The black box in the corner is a 12in X 12in “reference box” to validate sizing when printed.  When printed at this 1-to-1 scale, one can put the engine, seats, wheels, seat and even a driver in front of (or behind) the design and validate to make sure everything will fit within from the side profile itself.

Made the mistake in 1998 in working with a street rod builder that someone made the mistake in lofting an illustrative design at 92% scale instead of 100% scale.  Three thousand hours later when finished — the wheels looked larger than normal, the engine/gearbox was a tighter fit — and the oversize owner who commissioned the project was unable to fit within the door or sit in the seat itself beneath the steering wheel.  It went on to win several awards before disappearing in a private sale and although it looks really cool — only smaller people can get behind the wheel and actually drive it.  Not cool.

A design project from awhile back which is an intermixture of Ferrari coachwork from several vintage Ferrari’s that I was part of the restoration team over the decades. With this basic “line drawing” reference, I was looking at the visual balance of the project with long or short nose and tail sections. Small subtle differences truly can make a big difference and it is easier to visualize it on paper (or even printed full-size) before spending the money to build a form buck for the bodywork and only then discovering it doesn’t look right.

From Wikipedia:

Carrozzeria Scaglietti (Italian pronunciation: [karrottseˈriːa skaʎˈʎetti]) was an Italian automobile design and coachbuilding company active in the 1950s. It was founded by Sergio Scaglietti in 1951 as an automobile repair concern, but was located across the road from Ferrari in Maranello outside Modena, Italy.

Scaglietti gained Enzo Ferrari’s trust and respect both through his bodywork and design skills and for providing a retreat for Dino Ferrari as a youth. Scaglietti in conjunction with Dino Ferrari, designed Protipo 0050M, a 166MM, which had the first “headrest” bump, after present on most racing Ferraris of the 1950s and 1960s. The idea initially was despised by Enzo but championed by Dino, and the success of 0050M’s design overall. Also the company’s 1958 250 Testa Rossa, with its Formula One-inspired pontoon fenders, is one of the most famous Scaglietti designs.

In the mid-1950s, Scaglietti became the Carrozzeria of choice for Ferrari’s racing efforts. Many sports racing prototypes were designed and manufactured at their facility. All those exclusively designed by Scaglietti carried the Scaglietti & C. badge while cars built to outside designs didn’t. Several of Ferrari’s most coveted models such as the 250 California, 250 GTO and 250 Tour de France were built by Scaglietti to a Pinin Farina design.

Today, the former Scaglietti works is owned by Ferrari and used to produce the aluminum F430 and 612 Scaglietti cars. A special version of the 456, the 456M GT Scaglietti at the time was named in his honour. Then in 2004, Ferrari officially unveiled a new 2+2 GT car, although designed by Pininfarina, the car was to be named the 612 Scaglietti. It was built between 2004 and 2010.

Scaglietti died at his Modena home on 20 November 2011 at the age of 91.

This is another example of digital restyling and design by ModenaWest