Guy Bird is a London-based freelance writer specialising in cars and design for a variety of international magazines and websites. He has regular chats with senior car designers at the world’s major auto shows from Paris to Tokyo and has road-tested the vast majority of vehicles available in the UK (and beyond) since the mid-90s. In addition, he edits the global Car Design Review yearbook and acts as a judge for the UK Car of the Year awards. www.guybird.com
When you're late to the party, you'd better make a bold entrance.
One thing potential customers of Automobili Pininfarina's circa-$2.5-million, 250 mph electric hypercar can be rest assured of: It should look good. "Above all it must be beautiful," Italian design director Luca Borgogno told a small gathering of the world's press at the exclusive launch of the new car brand in Rome, on the eve of the first-ever Formula E race there last week.
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