In a country with a rich automotive history as Italy, there are bound to be some special automotive museums scattered around the place. On my last trip to Italy I went to some of the more obvious ones such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Pagani. This trip I was in search of some lesser known museums. And located in the outskirts of Milan in a place called Arese, not far from the headquarters of Zagato and Touring Superleggera, is perhaps the best automotive museum in the world.
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If there's one thing I learned on my recent trip to Italy, it's that style matters. Looking good is more important than looking where you're going. So it's no wonder the storied art of coachbuilding -- creating customised bodies for cars -- is still well and truly alive in the nondescript town of Arese, Northern Italy. Here you'll find the headquarters of two of the most famous and important names in coach building: Zagato and Touring Superleggera.
The factory that produces the barnstorming Alfa Romeo Giulia at Cassino, Italy, is 45 years old. It's built 7.3 million cars. But it's getting a space-age overhaul, and part of that includes hooking workers up with Samsung's latest smartwatch.
Think back to the modern era of cars and you’ll recall that there’s not been a year without a concept car to wow the crowds. Whether it’s rolled out from a factory in Italy, England, Japan or America, concept cars have long been the testing bed for cutting-edge technology and design. It’s also this very reason that a lot of these insane concept machines never actually make it onto public roads short of spawning one or two examples.
1,000 miles. 1,600 kilometres. 450 automobiles pre-dating 1957. Called the world’s most beautiful race by Enzo Ferrari. These are the evocative words that only one event called Mille Miglia can spruik. Not that the timeless gathering ever needed to be sold, since it’s been a global phenomenon for petrol heads ever since its inception in 1927.
If curves could kill then consider the Giulia Quadrifoglio (QV) one deadly Italian. It’s beautiful, it’s angular, it’s aggressive, but most importantly it doesn’t feel like a carbon copy of the other mid-sized sedans in its class. It’s unique in all the right places with little touches which give it the ‘don’t mess with me, I’ll blow your doors off’ vibe -- The very vibe you want to give off when dropping the kids off at school.
It’s probably the worst way to ever spruik driver safety, but easily the coolest in terms of endorsing new technology.
Transportation designer Olcay Tuncay has dreamt up one of the wildest Alfa Romeos to ever be rendered. The F1-inspired car works by utilising the lost energy from aerodynamic drag, that is, the wind that hits the car as it moves through the air.