Moncalieri, Italy - October, 2005
Giugiaro Celebrating 50 years in car design
“To mark 50 years of activity in the world of car design, I decided to sculpture a
Ferrari to the memory of that great adventure and enjoy it with my family”.
Giorgetto Giugiaro fashioned and commissioned a project that spilled into
stretching horizons, in that he became concurrently – for the first time ever
–supplier and customer of the new car.
Rather than being a spellbound step into tomorrow, the ultimate outcome of all
this is an expression of today – a Ferrari graced by his initials, GG, followed by
the digit 50 by way of epitomizing his debut into the world of car design in
September 1955 –imbued by an imposing, unmistakable artistry capturing
skyhigh ergonomics and outstanding space on board.
Created along the lines of the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, and retaining the same
basic mechanics, the Ferrari GG50 is a little shorter in length than the original
model, with a fastback tail conspired to conceal the underlying hatchback lid.
The rear seatbacks can be folded down to create, thanks to the new fuel tank, a
flat trunk platform one meter and 40 centimeters deep.
All that was checked and verified with the Ferrari Technical Direction support.
GG 50 Philosophy
The idea of creating a Ferrari to mark 50 years of activity in the world of car
design took shape in September 2004 at the Paris Motorshow, where Giorgetto
Giugiaro talked about this flight of fantasy directly with the President and CEO
of Ferrari Luca di Montezemolo who cued the model around which the vehicle
concept should be developed: the 612 Scaglietti 12 cylinders four-seater coupé..
Montezemolo also gave Giugiaro two inputs: although no restrictions would be
posed on creative-thinking, the vehicle must be perfectly in keeping with the
Ferrari tradition and transmit a sensation of compactness, even being highly
Giugiaro started to work on the project in February 2005, sketching entirely by
hand – a practice followed over the last 50 years – the physical design of the
vehicle in 1:10 scale from four orthogonal views, marking out the side, nose, tail
and bird’s view: all sketched in 2H lead pencil on tracing paper using a universal
This two-dimensional rendering is typical of Giugiaro’s method and is today
pursued by Fabrizio Giugiaro, Italdesign Giugiaro Styling Area Director.
According to this procedure, the rendering is translated into math surfaces in
order to proceed to a 3D validation of the project by means of 1:1 scale dynamic
visualization in the Italdesign-Giugiaro Virtual Reality Design Center.
Once the VR green light was given, seeing onset was full-scale plaster model
milling, as duly completed in April.
Along with the 1.1 scale mock-up put in place to test out the ergonomics and
ease-of-access interior concepts, starting to see construction at the beginning of
June was the running prototype.
Redesigning the Layout
Retaining the wheelbase at 2.95 meters, the Ferrari GG50 spans 4 meters and
81 centimeters in length vs.4.90 for the Scaglietti.
Giorgetto Giugiaro reinterpreted the front just a little, pruning the front overhang
by 2 centimeters. On the other hand, he revolutionized the rear section, nipping
the overall length of the car by 9 centimeters.
In the Scaglietti, the fuel tank is positioned vertically, behind the rear seating. For
the Ferrari GG50, Italdesign engineers were asked by Giugiaro to concentrate on
positioning the new 95-liter fuel tank entirely below the trunk
With the rear seatbacks folded down, the redesigned fuel tank layout translates
into a flat trunk platform one meter and 40 centimeters deep. Compared to the
240-liter loading capacity of the Scaglietti, the loading capacity offered by the
GG50 stretches to 270 liters, which, with the rear seatbacks folded down,
increases to 500 liters.
In a strategic intent to take full advantage of the bolt-on loading space driven
through by the new fuel tank layout, Giugiaro decided to use a proper hatchback
lid, hinged to the roof’s edge.
From a structural standpoint, Italdesign engineers had to redesign the rear
cross-member which, in the Scaglietti, joins the suspension domes atop the
fuel tank. Likewise, also added to the roof’s edge was a cross-member, joined
to two reinforced risers, to stand the hatchback trunklid’s weight.
The more instantly recognizable makeover is the tail’s sleeker shape, where the
rear profile has been nipped 7 centimeters.
GG 50 Exterior Design
Although being 9 centimeters shorter than the Scaglietti, the Ferrari GG50
appears instantly to be even more compact than the series-production car as a
result of the subtly rounded nose and tail angles.
“In bird’s view, all cars look like a rectangle”, explains Giugiaro. “As a
consequence, the dimensions are perceived optically as being the same as the
In the GG50, however, Giugiaro rounded to an extreme the loop between the
cowl and the front wheelhouse, applying the same treatment to the rear.
“When viewed three-quarterwise, this also enhances the look of the car optically,
making the car appear leaner and bolder. In a nutshell, rather than having a
fender lip that clearly defines the bodyside edge, a seamless line flows toward
the centerpoint where the two extremities meet”.
From a structural architecture standpoint, the GG50 relinquishes the Scaglietti’s
third compartment for a nimbler tail, an instantly recognizable fastback.
A very bold statement of performance and design is the general impression
perceived. A compact coupé, ready to bite the grit, with the rear seats so well
concealed as to be perceived as a classic two-seater.
The bodyside is immaculate. The air intake – providing cool air for front brake
system cooling – meanders along almost in parallel with the ground line and
creates a bas-relief that fades into the rear.
As for the more stunning Ferrari cars, the belt line arches in correspondence to
the rear wheel highlighting the generous wheelhouse’s taut muscle.
The boldly tapered rear profile gains form and shape from the side view, in that
emerging from the tail-end mirror are the dual tail lamps, which, of course, are
Absolute simplicity in the front as well. With the low-slung Ferrari grille looking
just as fresh and fun loving as ever, the nose flares forward in the center with two
generous and vertical air intakes unfolding to the side, where the fog lights are
The headlamps are vertical, a stroke of pen that translates into a black crescent
moon housing XENON headlight beams and dimmers, and the turn signal
The long bonnet is creased almost imperceptibly by a V, which makes the
volume more plastic without, however, disrupting the natural flow of the lines.
Likewise simple is the tail, with the lower section, housing the chrome dual
exhausts, black-painted to reduce the overall sensation of height.
Incorporating LED technology, the round dual lamps are asymmetric, with those
to the side playing a master role. Set at the forefront, the chrome Prancing
The crest of the trunk rises towards the center contouring a small spoiler to
provide extra downforce at the rear and insure the car is stable at high speeds.
Practically imperceptible is the hatchback door. The GG50 seems to have a
classic trunklid hinged under the rear window. However, the rear window as a
whole lifts up along with the trunklid and, as such, is a proper hatchback door.
In bird’s view, the elements that dominate are two: the boldly tapered four
extremities and the photochromic roof, which, with the fender, creates a
seamless transparent surface.
GG 50 Interior Design
Whilst the GG50’s exterior drew breath from a universal chalkboard, its interior
was fashioned as the mock-up progressed.
In addition to retaining as mentioned earlier the wheelbase, also retained was
the interior appearance of the Scaglietti. However, when working on the fullsize
mock-up, Giugiaro and his son Fabrizio, decided to eliminate the closed-in
feeling back in there by sloping the rear window at the side.
“Getting in and out of a 2+2 coupé is never an easy feat, because access is
directly proportional to the door’s length, which cannot be stretched to the infinite.
Indeed, the GG50 door’s structural frame mesmerizes the Scaglietti’s door
framework. However, enhanced headroom has been gained by sloping the rear
window, thereby making it much easier to get in and out of the car than expected.
Just try getting in and out of the car and you’ll see how easy all this can be”,
One other thought of mind went to the driver’s right hand. Used by tradition to
change gear, drivers do not use their right hand as much as before due to the F1
gear change fitted on the steering wheel. As such, repositioned to the right-hand
side of the dashboard are certain commands and controls once found by
tradition on the left-hand side, such as the lights and, not least, the handbrake,
in this exercise, electric.
Taken as a whole, the instrumentation is the same as the one to be found in the
series-production car. Brand new is the dashboard, fitted in the center of which
is the AVIC – X1R satellite navigator by Pioneer.
Fitted inside the central console, whether between the front or rear seats, are
two generous storage pockets, duly protected by a flap.
Decidedly unusual for a Ferrari in these times, the door panels, featuring a large
glovebox, have a horizontal natural beech insert. Covered in beige leather, the
seats use the structural frames found in the production car.
The upper section of the rear seatbacks can be folded down, thereby creating a
flat loading platform at the same height as the new fuel tank.
Ferrari GG 50 Technical Bulletin