For the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show, Giorgetto Giugiaro is displaying a custom Ferrari fastback to epitomize his debut into the world of car design in September 1955. Ferrari, of course, are supporting the car since Giugiaro is responsible many important cars including the one-of Bertone 250 GT.
Giugiaro started to work on the project in February 2005, sketching entirely by hand – a practice he has followed for the last 50 years. He started with the basic lines of the 612 Ferrari supercar, then began to shrink the design, eventually making it nine centimeters shorter. As a result, the GG50 is more compact than the series-production car and this is exemplified by the subtly rounded nose and tail angles.
Created along the lines of the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, and retaining the same basic mechanics, the Ferrari GG50 is shorter and has a fastback tail which conceals an underlying hatchback lid. To make use of the third door, the rear seatbacks can be folded down thanks to the relocation of a new fuel tank.
With the rear seatbacks folded down, the redesigned fuel tank layout translates into a flat trunk platform one meter and 40 centimeters deep. Compared to the 240-liter loading capacity of the Scaglietti, the loading capacity offered by the GG50 stretches to 270 liters, which, with the rear seatbacks folded down, increases to 500 liters. In a strategic intent to take full advantage of the bolt-on loading space driven through by the new fuel tank layout, Giugiaro decided to use a proper hatchback lid, hinged to the roof’s edge.
From a structural standpoint, Italdesign engineers had to redesign the rear cross-member which, in the Scaglietti, joins the suspension domes atop the fuel tank. Likewise, also added to the roof’s edge was a cross-member, joined to two reinforced risers, to stand the hatchback trunk lid’s weight.
While the interior of the car remains virtually stock, Giugiaro should be congratulated for creating such a beautiful design that keeps perfectly within Ferrari tradition.