The crazy barchetta we didn't get to see at Geneva
GFG Style is a design atelier founded by Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro (yes, *the* Giugiaro family) in 2015. Now GFG was actually going to bring three amazing concept cars at the Geneva Motor Show but unfortunately, as we all know, the show was cancelled which means that, for now at least, we only get to look at the pictures.
The concept cars they would've showcased to Geneva are a bit different from one another in terms of design but they share the powertrain, which is electric, and the market segment, because they all basically anticipate the production of "design-focused" high-performance cars. The Vision 2030, the Vision 2030 Desert Raid, which is a hypercar that's specifically designed to be an off-roader, and then there's the car you see here. It's called the Dora Bandini and it is a 536-hp four-wheel-drive Barchetta.
It is built on an aluminium space frame, the body is made of carbon fibre and the company calls it, I'm not making this up, a "hedonistic, open, two-seater car, designed for outdoor leisure, a quintessential of sports cars manufactured by Bandini in the 50’s.”
The Dora Bandini next to the original barchetta built by Ilario Bandini in the 1940s
GFG built the Dora Bandini with a form-follows-function design that somehow also works the other way around because every element is both specifically designed to be "cool" but it also serves a purpose. The roll bar, for example, is also a spoiler and the windshield was openly inspired by the Formula 1 halo because, in the words of Giorgetto Giugiaro himself, "we thought of a superstructure that would integrate into the style with protective function for both the driver and passenger”. The cars also features scissor doors, a cockpit with no switches and a cloche-style steering wheel which also integrates a touchscreen monitor.
The Dora Bandini, named after Ilario Bandini, an Italian designer who began building race cars in the 1940s, is equipped with a 90 kWh battery pack, good enough for a range of 450 km (around 280 miles), and it produces 400 kW (536 hp) and 680 Nm (501 lb-ft) of torque. The top speed is electronically limited at 250 kph / 155 mph while the zero to sixty time is 3.3 seconds.