• Aug 16, 2006
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]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Ray fuck off. There is no place for such intolerant, racist garbage here.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What does watermelon have to do with Africans. I don't get it. Hey dumby, I think your ignorant convoluted excuse for a noggin got black american stereotypes mixed up with African stereotypes. Do they even have watermelons in Africa? I mean melons of some sort sure but watermelons. Oh and I'm sure that fried chicken is not an African Phenomena.

      Poopy Head Racism actually refers to systemic oppression of one race in favor of another, so while your definition is wrong your favoring Bigot is probably correct.

      To both of you would you say the same for the Noble. Good car which I believe is also of African origin.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Watermelon colored," Ray? You felt compelled to share that with readers, eh? If you have some critique of the car's design, fine, but leave the bigoted comments to yourself. Your ignorance has no place here.
      • 8 Years Ago
      actually the they took all our TV's and most of the fried chicken at albertsons.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's not immediately noticeable because this car is right hand drive on a monochromatic backdrop, but Jonathan took the instrument cowling through the front window, a brilliant treatment that I haven't seen before.

      Ray - someone that looks like this http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v103/Afr0_a55au1t/?action=view¤t=IMG_1235.jpg&refPage=all&imgAnch=imgAnch175 shouldn’t comment on anyone’s race. It looks like you got left with all the fat Asian girls in Arcadia; did black guys take the hot ones?
      • 8 Years Ago
      HAHA... You gotta love it, you can't even browse a blog devoted to cars, and not see racist comments.
      And if you think he's just making a joke, just to be funny, you're just as stupid...
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's funny, someone cracks a joke at black folks, and it's "racist". Yet, people make ethnic insults about asians, mexican, and every other ethnic group and nobody says much of anything.

      Screw that... Ray, I laughed at your comments and found them very entertaining. In addition, screw the rest of you! You people obviously can't take a joke.

      FYI, racism is the belief that a certain race or races are superior to other races. To simply dislike a race is being a bigot. Who's ignorant now?

      Back on topic:

      I find it interesting that Bizzarrini was named for Giotto Bizzarrini a former Ferrari engineer and the fact that this concept looks exactly like the current Ferrari 612 Scaglietti. I also think it's funny that the AADA doesn't even have their own web domain and the website appears to have been designed by a 10 year old. Let me tell ya, this car definitely has alot going for it.