A unique partnership bringing together Italian engineering and African design has launched a project to recreate the legendary 1969 Bizzarini 5300 GT Strada.

Preliminary sketches of the "New Strada" supercar show both the influence of the '69 Strada (at right) and the African design themes of lead designer Jonathan Kasumba, whose work is inspired by the design of contemporary African tribal masks. (An example of Kasumba's evolution of mask themes into automotive designs is shown in this portfolio).

Kasumba is the founder and president of the African Automotive Design Association. The Italian engineering group is led by Leone Martellucci.

Gioto Bizzarrini was one of Italy's leading automotive engineers and designers in the '50s and '60s, whose creations include the Ferrari 250 GTO, Lamborghini 350 GTV, Iso Rivolta and Iso Grifo A3 (a racing version of which won Le Mans in 1964). The A3 design moved with Bizzarini when he launched his own company, where it became the Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada, and the 5300 GT Corsa (a racing version). The '5300' designation reflects the 5.3-liter Chevy smallblock that sat beneath the long hood.

[Source: Car Body Design]