Pin­in­fa­rina’s unique X con­cept un­der the ham­mer

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

Batista Pin­in­fa­rina’s lit­tle-known six­ties con­cept car goes on auc­tion with Bar­ret Jack­son, ‘the world’s great­est col­lec­tor car auc­tions’ on Satur­day. With its four wheels ar­ranged in a di­a­mond shape, the tiny aero­dy­namic four-seater Pin­in­fa­rina-X has a drag co­ef­fi­cient of 0,23, in­di­cat­ing that Pin­in­fa­rina was a long way ahead of the rest of the world in ex­plor­ing the crit­i­cal area of aero­dy­nam­ics, long be­fore it was fash­ion­able. To cre­ate the slip­pery shape, Pin­in­fa­rina placed the wheels in a di­a­mond shape in­stead of on each cor­ner, with the small en­gine slanted be­tween the cen­tre rear wheel and side wheel.


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