Top Ten Pininfarina aero designs

2. 1989 Ferrari Mythos concept

As Pininfarina celebrates 50 years of its famous wind tunnel Car Design News highlights ten of its best designs shaped by aero tech

Pininfarina has been synonymous with aerodynamic designs since its earliest days. For example, the 1936 Lancia Aprilia Aerodynamica Coupé, which was a racing Berlinetta featuring smooth bodysides and four covered wheels and had a drag co-efficient (Cd) of 0.40. This figure was attained, says Antoine Prunet in his book Pininfarina Art & Industry 1930-2000 by “an intuitive approach without the possibility of any scientific control of the design process”.

Or the legendary 1947 Cisitalia 202 that found its way into the New York Museum of Modern Art and, when measured in the Pininfarina wind tunnel decades later, recorded a 0.37 Cd, better than many designs created much later. Founder Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina was influenced by nature and wanted his cars to share some of that beauty, as he is quoted: “Going to the mountains in winter I saw how the wind had streamlined the snow at the side of the road, carving out curved or sharp shapes at the edges. The wind gives shape to trees. I wanted to copy those lines…”

We’re glad you’re enjoying Car Design News

To continue reading this article and others like it SIGN-IN or SUBSCRIBE TODAY

For a one-time only 30 DAY FREE TRIAL REGISTER HERE

This article is available to CDN subscribers only
SUBSCRIBE TODAY to gain full access

CDN Comp Tablet phone image2

The benefits of your subscription include:

Access to motor show and concours coverage, trend and technology reports, design reviews of new and classic concept and production cars, exclusive interviews, regional reports, who’s where, design essays, career resources, design competitions, regular newsletter updates PLUS comprehensive degree show reports from the world’s leading design schools, the CDN archive of sketches, images and articles spanning 20 years of coverage.


An online subscription also gains you access to exclusive designer interviews from our annual Car Design Review yearbook, and access to exclusive interior design reviews from Interior Motives magazine. You can also receive Interior Motives in print through our online + print subscription, or buy individual copies of Interior Motives and Car Design Review.


Fees start from £55/€60/$70. Packages available for students, individuals, schools and corporates.

cdn-newspress-award-banner      cdn-newspress-award-banner

Gain full access to subscribe today

For a one-time only 30 DAY FREE TRIAL REGISTER HERE

ALREADY SUBSCRIBED - Individual, Studio, Student or School

You now need to register your details and sign-in for full access to

here