• May 13, 2010

Italdesign-Giugiaro Quaranta concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Hail a taxi in most American cities, and what are you likely to ride in? A Ford Crown Vic, maybe a minivan or an Escape Hybrid. But a few lucky residents of Rome had something decidedly more exotic recently when stoic carrozzeria Italdesign-Giugiaro outfitted its Quaranta concept with a meter, dome light and white paintjob to pull taxi duty around the Italian capital. Brave of them – have you ever tried navigating the overcrowded streets of Rome on anything larger than a Vespa? Good luck.

The Quaranta concept was unveiled at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show to commemorate the design house's 40th anniversary. The exotic shape is powered by the Toyota Synergy Drive found in the Lexus RX400h, complete with 3.3-liter V6, electric motor and continuously variable transmission and supplemented by solar panels. Billed (at the time, at least) as the world's fastest hybrid, the Quaranta is said to be capable of shuttling its occupants – or paying fare, in this case – to sixty in 4.2 seconds. Now, to the Spanish Steps, double-time!



[Source: The Sun via World Car Fans]


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      Tim
      • 4 Years Ago
      A cabby wouldn't have the visibility to make some of those crazy cab driver moves.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Tim
        What, you think they look where they're going?
      • 4 Years Ago
      What now?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh look. A Honda Kiwami.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What's with wedge-shaped Italian concept cars & using a quarry as their background? It's like Bertone's Stratos Zero all over again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If all cabs looked like this, I wouldn't mind being a cab driver.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If anything the LFA got its styling cues from the Toyota Alessandro Volta concept of 2004... and who designed that concept? Giugiaro.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Gotta agree with you it would be a sweet cab to drive lol. And I wouldnt mind even riding in it either would be a unique experiance thats for sure.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ripped off LFA's rear design. yuck.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow looks like the car from the Wraith got lobotomized
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Volta and quaranta are more similar than any involvement of LFA. First LFA concept was debuted in 2005, and looks quite similar to production version. Especially the second version that was debuted two years after that.

        The volta and quaranta are both hybrid sports cars with midship engines and murcielago-like bodyshapes, both designed by giugiaro.

        Anyways, that would be an awesome taxi trip!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks very similar to the Toyota Volta concept from a while back:

      http://selectroclash.files.wordpress.com/2007/05/toyota_volta.jpg

      They even used the same background lol!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think it was designed by the same man. He likes to release the same design every two years with another name I think.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Giorgetto Guigiaro founded ItalDesign.

        He designed the original Lotus Espirit, the Maserati Bora and Merak, the DeLorean DMC12, Subaru SVX, and many, many others. (one of my favorite designers.)

        He designed the Toyota Alessandro Volta concept, and this Quaranta, likely related to each other, but several of his designs seem like evolutions of some of his other designs.

        Nazca went through several revisions, as well
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lol where do the passengers get in?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car could be used in the movie "The Wraith 2".
      • 4 Years Ago
      Funny thing is that plate number doesn't exists in italy :D
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