Between the trends of both designing products outside of a company’s product category and the rise of privatized space exploration, it was only a matter of time before we started seeing designers (and their brands) come out of the woodwork with their own take on spacecraft designs.
While well known industrial/concept designers such as Scott Robertson and Daniel Simon have been working on vehicle concepts for years now, their projects haven’t necessarily been under the umbrella of any particular brand – such as Ferrari Design Director Flavio Manzoni’s latest spacecraft creation, the LaFerrari Spacecraft.
The spacecraft concept – which was brought to fruition with the help from Ferrari 3D modeler Guillaume Vasseur and rendering specialist Guglielmo ‘Billy’ Galliano – was born out of Manzoni’s childhood fascination with science fiction and his belief that cars of the future will not drive on roads but rather, “slip on a cushion”.
The design of the spacecraft was conceived in large part by fusing together different iconic elements from a variety of Ferrari models. Among other design features, the F1-derived spoiler as seen on the company’s LaFerrari car model can be seen at the front of the spacecraft while the iconic Ferrari red divides the top and bottom components of the spacecraft.
Of course, without the wheels, picking and choosing which design elements to transfer over surely presented a challenge, however Manzoni also looked towards vintage science fiction movies and TV series “that weren’t too dark” including “2001: A Space Odyssey” and the TV series “UFO” and “Space: 1999”.
“I think it is possible that there are other beings in the universe – more or less evolved,” adds Manzoni.
Whether or not Manzoni will be able to greet those beings in a Ferrari spacecraft is another topic of discussion – but in the meantime, the renderings aren’t half-bad.