Working from translations of a two-paragraph press release and a few articles from French publications, we can tell you that the nifty coupe you see above is a very well-executed student project. A team of 26 design scholars from the Sbarro Espera school spent just twelve weeks on the coupe, all starting with practically zero knowledge in the art of prototype building.
The final product was built up using Subaru mechanicals (we're told a 2.0-liter turbo boxer four lives under the hood), and with "composite materials" forming the bodywork. The final product weighs just over 2,400 pounds and makes 217 horsepower, so we'd be happy to show the class how to do a road test the next time we're in Switzerland.
Have a closer look at the Aria in our gallery of images from the show floor, and give these kids a pat on the back for learning so quickly, and so well.
It is intended as light as air and it is called ARIA. Presented at the 85th Salon International Geneva Motor Show in March 2015, this project was born in twelve weeks. Beautiful feat considering that a few months earlier, the 26 students from the class from 2014 to 2015 did not know and had never worked for the most part in a workshop!
And they are not ready to stop, each promotion made two prototypes, the next challenge to achieve in 10 weeks!
Engine: 4 cylinder 2.0 turbo dishes original Subaru
Body: Composite Materials
Wheels: OZ, Michelin Tires
Interior: Buckets - Recaro,
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