Leonardo Fioravanti (engineer)

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Leonardo Fioravanti (born 1938) is an Italian automobile designer and CEO of Fioravanti Srl.

Career[edit]

Fioravanti studied mechanical engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, specializing in aerodynamics and car body design. He worked twenty-four years with Pininfarina, joining as a stylist in 1964, aged 26, and eventually becoming Managing Director and General Manager of Pininfarina's research arm, Pininfarina Studi & Ricerche for 18 years.

He then joined Ferrari as a Deputy General Manager, and in 1989 moved to Fiat's Centro Stilo as Director of Design.[1]

In 1991 he left Fiat and joined Fioravanti Srl which evolved from an architecture studio to a design studio. His two sons, Matteo, an architect, and Luca, an attorney, have also worked with him at Fioravanti Srl. Fioravanti developed a number of prototype and concept cars, often displayed under his own name. In 2012 he was appointed by the Chinese automobile company BAIC Group as a design consultant.[2]

In 2009 Leonardo Fioravanti was elected Chairman of ANFIA Car Coachbuilders Group for a 3-year mandate from 2009 to 2011.[3]

Octane magazine awarded Fioravanti the International Historic Motor Award Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.[4]

Cars designed by Fioravanti[edit]

During his time with Pinnfarina, Fioravanti designed several Ferraris:

Ferrari 365GTB, popularly known as the Daytona

Fioravanti has designed many concept cars including:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Caspers, Markus (2017). Designing Motion: Automotive Designers 1890 to 1990. Birkhauser. p. 102. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  2. ^ "Chinese auto group hires Ferrari car designer Fioravanti". Reuters. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  3. ^ "LEONARDO FIORAVANTI NOMINATED NEW CHAIRMAN OF ANFIA CAR COACHBUILDERS GROUP" (PDF). Fioravati News. 16 January 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  4. ^ "Out of the shadows, Fioravanti honored for his automotive design work". Classic Cars Journal. 26 November 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  5. ^ "Beijing Auto hires Ferrari car designer Fioravanti". Automotive News Europe. 20 April 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  6. ^ "Fioravanti Hidra Concept". Road & Track. 5 March 2008. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  • Edsall, Larry (September 13, 2004). "Unwavering Passion, 40 Years and Counting". AutoWeek.
  • Scorah, Rob (September 2008). "Ferrari's Four Door Fantasy". Classic Cars

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