Ford Product Development Center
16 June 2002
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GHIA SAETTA CONCEPT
Electric blue with aluminum and matte dark grey inside and out
Ghia Saetta is a bold and iconoclastic roadster based on the Fiesta platform using carbon fiber exterior panels. Strongly shaped in Ford's "new edge" style, characterized by hard edges, geometric forms and straight lines, Ghia Saetta makes a very loud statement of sparks, bolts and shocks consistent with its name, "fast as lightning" in Italian.
While the basic shape consists of simple arcs, Ghia Saetta juxtaposes bold contrasting geometric forms that breathe busy life into its beetle-like form. Dark grey, silver and electric blue suggest the clouds, rain and lightning bolts of a summer's storm. Ghia Saetta isn't just a rolling canvas, either. It features a central spine arcing from the center of the windshield header to the deck where it terminates in an assembly that resembles a power pole gusset, a creative combination of artistic yet functional structural support.
The interior of Ghia Saetta is as taut and tense as its exterior, carrying through the brilliant contrasts of color and texture and repeating the exterior's triangular shapes.
Filippo Sapino, Ghia's managing director, explained the Ghia Saetta concept's shock value in these words, "Our speedster concept explodes the myth that it's necessary to put a soft radius on everything to create an aerodynamic form: bold and inventive interpretation opens up exciting new possibilities."
Ghia Saetta was created by an international team of young designers at Ghia led by Camilo Pardo. His next job was as Design Manager in Ford's Living Legends Design Studio in Dearborn where the first project under his management was the new GT40 concept.
Built on the Fiesta platform, Ghia Saetta has remote entry doors and 205/45R-16 tires with custom tread patterns. The wheels have plastic full wheel covers. The exterior is in good condition but the translucent finish electric blue inserts on the seats have surface cracked badly. The hood, decklid and exterior body of the car are carbon fiber, while the interior components are fiberglass. There are two removable plastic roof panels which accompany this lot, although it is thought they have never been fitted to the concept and their condition is poor.
This Ghia Saetta epitomizes the spirit and unique opportunities provided throughout this entire auction that Ford Motor Company has graciously and generously provided today. If you have attended a motor show, read the motoring magazines or watched the motoring programs on TV, you have no doubt had your breath taken away by the visual delights, futuristic concepts and dream machines created by Ford. Millions of spectators take the opportunity to view them close up and on occasion sit in or touch the models on offer and go away with a little magic in their heads. This is the real deal and it could indeed soon be yours to own! Ghia Saetta is a wakeup call, both literally and figuratively.
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