Paris Motor Show: Espera Sbarro Eight Concept
Posted on October 22, 2012 by Piyush
Hidden away in the corner of the Fourth Hall of the Paris Motor Show was this carbon fibre beauty. A concept hot rod from eccentric designer Franco Sbarro and his students at the Espera Sbarro Montbéliard School of Design.
Known simply as the Eight, this concept features a Maserati-sourced high revving V8 engine producing a healthy 360 hp sent straight to the rear wheels. Reportedly, the machine was designed and developed from scratch in just eight weeks!
The car showcases some of the latest technology available to automakers, including a driver-facing tablet computer that occupies the spot normally housing the dash. It incorporates a variety of new technologies provided by the students’ sponsors. These include a built-in tablet that provides navigational directions, internet access, text-to-speech technology for listing books,Liveradio & Deezer for tunes and Cinéday for movies to keep the driver connected while on the go.
An Android-powered Parrot radio packs a 6.2-inch screen as well and can connect to the online Asteroid Market, cellular phones via Bluetooth or display videos through auxiliary inputs. An onboard wireless charger and a mobile stereo system are also provided.
The car is a real looker due to its low slung chassis, exposed wheels,suspension & steering components and that unmistakable hot rod design. The whole package is painted in a nice matte-finish which really seals the deal for us. Hats off to the auto design students who made the Eight. We have to agree, its one heck of a brilliant car.Concept car, Paris Motor Show