Ferrari’s design director Flavio Manzoni imagined what a spacecraft would look like if it was designed by the famous Italian company and then designed a supercar-inspired spacecraft with signature shapes and a flash of red. Flavio Manzoni, who is a lifelong sci-fi fan, said the project was a bit of fun, but the results are breathtakingly beautiful.
The design for the spaceship includes signature shapes from some of Ferrari’s most impressive supercars and of course, a flash of red. The spacecraft, which was inspired by classic sci-fi books and films, started as a series of sketches and was then turned into a realistic-looking rendering, Formtrends.com reported.
Flavio Manzoni came up with the concept and then Guillaume Vasseur built the 3D model, with Guglielmo Galliano taking care of the rendering and post production. The finished result looks sleek and streamlined but aggressive, and is recognisable as a Ferrari design despite the craft’s lack of wheels and prancing horse badge. The front ‘spoiler’ of the craft bears some resemblance to one from a Formula One car, while the flicked wing and tail shapes look like they are borrowed from the LaFerrari and FXX K models
The body of the craft is subdivided into two, with a red ‘line’ running through the middle of its polished metal body.
Its wings seem to wrap round the lower part of the body and to give it a look that’s slightly similar in shape to a mantaray.
The craft may also seem slightly familiar to children of the 1980s, who have seen Disney’s Flight of the Navigator, because of its streamlined shape and metal body.
Mr Manzoni said that his sci-fi infatuation started as a child in Sardinia and he thought a UFO would land on the roof of the apartment block he grew up in. ‘I tried to imagine something that can fly in the future, since there will be less and less space available on the ground and I focused on creating a little craft that’s different than my childhood dream, when I thought that a car of the future would slip on a cushion,’ he said. He was inspired by sci-fi films, books and comics, including Flash Gordon, Blade Runner and 2001: A Space Odyssey. The highly respected designer admits that he believes in aliens.
‘I think it is possible that there are other beings in the universe – more or less evolved but I also think it’s really difficult to intercept,’ he said.