IED Turin (Istituto Europeo di Design) graduate Samir Sadikhov placed second in the Ferrari World Design Contest with his “Xezri” concept. Believing his design study to meet my preference for most “romantic” design for Ferrari, I wanted to include his work in Faustian urGe.
Sadikhov’s Xezri Ferrari was named after, “a local wind which is in the western part of Caspian sea” and exemplifies innovative solutions to the needs of a lightweight and sensual car for both street and track. As he defines, it is “a synthesis of its technological knowledge and its sporting experience,” that embodies, “the quintessence of Ferrari past and present and looks to the Ferrari of the future.”
Sadikhov’s design focuses on increasing down-force through aerodynamics, the reduction of drag-inducing components such as traditional side-view mirrors, a flat underbelly, and winglets inspired by the Ferrari 458 Italia. The elegant silver wings topping off the design doubles as an air intake and automatically adjusting aerodynamic spoiler.
In his own words about the design the design:
“Xezri [is] designed for [the] owner for whom the priority is on uncompromising on-road performance [and] occasional track day capability, but who still demand a car that is useable in day-to-day driving like all Ferrari’s models.”