Fioravanti - Sensiva
Presented at the 1994 Turin Motor Show. A highly-innovative hybrid sports car.
The car was shown by invitation at the EVS 12 symposium on electric vehicles at Los Angeles in 1994 and to the 1995 "Torino Design" touring exhibition.
Four identical Unit Group, consisting of:
Tyres, have been sensitiesed by a toroidally-shaped bamd of piezo-resistive elastomer sensors.
The essential property of these elastomers is their capacity to generate electric signals indicating the changing shape of the tread, in function of the stresses to which they are sub-jected.
These signals are transmitted to the on-board computer.
Newly-designed large-diamter self-ventilating Disc Wheels.
Active Suspensions with active camber recovery and virtual ground centre.
Four-wheel Steering electrically power-assisted.
Permanent magneto, asynchronous 8-pole Electric Motors sited lowdown. Stainless stell disc Brakes.
The discs are small because they work in tandem with the braking effect of the electric motors and rotate at the same speed Regarding the carbon-fibre composite Bodywork, here too the general philosopky of design development was for an innovative approach.
We foresaw a car wich was not too low, with a high level of creature comforts and with aerodynamics which - thanks to the absence of technically aggressive appendices - could be expressed in original looks.
The front bumper is easy to remove, for accessing the central backbone where the batteries are located, and houses air-intakes for cooling brakes and electric motors.
The doors open automatically and are operated by a magnetic card wich also opens them individually when inserted to a different depth.
The exaust gases from the turbine are expelled through fins towards the upper-rear end of the car when driving outside of town, improving slipstream formation, and towards the lower-rear end in town.
Two fins located in the same area move automatically to stabilise the vehicle at high speed by moving the centre of lateral thrust rearwards.