In 1968 Italdesign was born, created by two innovative Italian designers, Giorgio Giugiaro and Aldo Mantovani. Italdesign is famed for placing an indelible mark on our automotive generation. The name Italdesign is descriptive, but unlike Pininfarina and Bertone, their logo almost never appears on automobiles. Italdesign employs over 850 employees today at its 453,000 sq. ft. headquarters south of Turin Italy. More than 100 designs that eventually became 30 million production vehicles have been built by the world's leading car manufactures.
Constructed by Italdesign of Turin, Italy in 1997, the Italdesign Scighera or Alpha Romeo Schighera, (which was pronounced Shigeera) was a futuristically styled concept vehicle that was fully working. Derived from the 164, the Scighera has an all aluminum body and a frame structure made of up aluminum-carbon fiber composite. Weight was kept down to 1450 kg due the construction of the chassis using aluminum and carbon fiber.
The Scighera is powered by an Alfa Romeo Twin Turbo 3-liter V6 engine and was capable of accelerating from 0-62 mph in only 3.8 seconds. With a top speed of 186 mph the Scighera featured a Bi-Turbo V6 motor with 3.0 liters that was rated at 400 horsepower at 7,500 rpm. The four-wheel drive system was inspired by the Alfa Romeo 155. There was also a compressor to make sure that there was enough power, even in the lower revs, this meant that the turbo got enough power and pressure when it was needed in the lower revs.
The side windows of the Italdesign Scighera were opened electronically like wings upwards, while the other doors open as normal ones. You could convert your coupe in a cabrio if you were to take out the windows. The wide windscreen protected both the driver and the passenger from the wind. The Scighera measured at 4320 mm long, 1980 mm wide and 1145 mm high.
Identical technically with the original Scighera, the 1997 Scighera GT was a two seater coupe race version of the vehicle.
The Italdesign Scighera is featured in the 1998 racing computer game Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit.
In 1997 Italdesign showcased the spectacular Alfa Romeo Scighera which like the Scighera, the latest show car from Italdesign is based on the racing type chassis with the bodywork entirely constructed of carbon fire composite. The highest standards of the house of creative design are featured in the interior design.By Jessica Donaldson
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