40 years after launch, the lines of Lamborghini Miura is still
the most beautiful.
know such shape is no longer feasible in modern car design. Our safety
regulations require big bumpers, our customers ask for higher roof, our
aerodynamic research results in higher tail and less curvature over the
body. Because all cars are subjected to the same requirements and
boundaries, our cars have been evolved to more and more similar to each
Formula 1, now no matter Ferrari or Minardi look virtually identical.
It will be very interesting to date back to the 70s, where Formula 1
cars can be 6-wheelers, can have no front spoilers, can have a
ground-effect fan at tail, or the whole car can be an aero foil. The
60s and 70s was so free ! they could try whatever ideas they had and
explore any directions.
world is a small globe. One day all the directions will be explored and
everybody will come up with the optimized solutions - the same
solutions. Just like Formula 1.
meaning our cars and racing cars designs will be increasingly hopeless
? not necessarily.
Formula 1, if the set of rules change, you will face a completely
unexplored area and everybody will try different solutions. In other
words, to keep things fresh, we need frequent change of rules. The
current situation of F1 is simply due to the relatively stable of rules
since the mid-90s. If FIA switch to V8 engines or 2.5 litres of
capacity, or change the dimensions / weight limit / tyre width ... just
any big changes, car lovers will be excited.
road cars ? the physical boundaries like aerodynamics may never change,
but customer requirements are changing. In the past we did not have
crossover vehicle between cars and off-roaders or between cars and
wagon or between sports cars and off-roaders, now people want them and
car manufacturers are exploring the possible designs quickly. This
bring completely new design we have never seen. For instance, I would
say a BMW X5 looks more exciting than the predictable 3-series. The
same goes for Volvo’s first SUV XC90 or this week’s Nissan Murano.
scientists and engineers find a new material or new structure offering
multiple strength than today’s steel, they can also come up with a new
look car. A more realistic change might be Xenon bulbs which reduces
the size of headlamps. That means headlamps will no longer dominate the
look of cars. In short, the advancement of technology will change the
face of cars, and sometimes probably give designers higher degree of
is not too pessimistic to me.