The Sbarro Eight Concept. A Student Driven Project.
When you think of custom car builders, what normally comes to mind? A small shop that may only consist of eight(8) guys that work tirelessly on a project that takes the better portion of 4 to 6 months to complete. Kind of like something you would see on either the Speed, or Discovery channels. This time around, there was build that took place in a location that was a little unexpected, and to top it off, it yielded an awesome result.
In this year’s Paris Auto Show, there stood a car in Pavilion #4 that had dozens of people stuck in their tracks as they either tried to figure out what this car was, or were waiting in line to read the bio sheet that was next to the car. Apparently students from the Espera Sbarro Montbeliard School of Design based in Italy, figured out a way to not only build a great looking car, but do it in record time.
The Sbarro Eight concept was built with the premise of having a retro looking car that was infused with today’s technology. In learning more about the Sbarro Eight, we find that this car’s structure was comprised up of a great deal of Carbon Fiber, and Aluminum, and that the look of the Sbarro Eight is that of a ’32 Ford 3-Window Coupe, that has been worked on. The very big, and bolstered lines of the Sbarro Eight simply give this car very Mad Max-ish menacing rake to it. The long exposed, front end of the car, is made even more simple by the addition of the two 19” Flat Black, Multi-fin wheels. The lines from front to back are clean, and sharp, as the Maserati V8 engine plays peek-a-boo through the sides of the front quarter panels.
The roof line is severely chopped, and raked to the extent that Chip Foose himself couldn’t have done a better job. Directly following the roof line are these sharp edges that seem to jut up, and out like the back of a Ming Dynasty crown. Below that is what seems to be where the trunk, and gas tank reside. When you transition to the inside of the Sbarro Eight, you find leather pads placed on the most important part of the seats, and then oddly enough, you glance back at the door to see lightly varnished wood panels, and a matching steering wheel. The interior also boasts social technology galore, with it’s abnormally sized tablet monitor that IS the dashboard. Add to that a six inch touch screen that sits behind the All Wooden steering wheel. The Sbarro Eight will house the social media connections familiar to Italy, such as Read & Go for down loading books, Deezer for music, and Cineday for movies. On board wireless chargers, USB connections, and Blutooth capabilities help the driver stay safe, as well as mobile.
The Sbarro Eight is a simple project that students from a design school in Italy, decided to make come to life. Molding, shaping, welding, polishing, lathing, and all of the wood working that went into this car is ridiculous, and I mean that in a good way. To have pulled off a few months of man hours, in 8 weeks is just unheard of. Kudos to those students, and bravo to their teacher for guiding them so successfully.