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MAtteo GEntile

Future Past

Matteo Gentile is an automotive designer for Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera. He shared with me how he got his passion for design and his thoughts about the future.
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The porsche 930 aka the 911 turbo is one of porsches most iconic designs. matteo has reimagined the car as a modern porsche with a martini livery.

Car design is my passion, my hobby, my job, and my way of life.

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MATTEO GENTILE

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BP

How did you find your passion for automotive design?


MG

Well I have had this passion since I was very young, I started drawing when I was six years old (if I remember correctly) basically I was in love with cars and I had also a passion for drawing, the result of those is automotive design, I discovered that you could do that as a job so I jumped on that train. 


Nobody in my family is a car enthusiast, I'm the strange one, my father and my mother always had a/b class cars, Fiat Tipo, Fiat Uno, and at this time I was dreaming about Ferraris and Lambos. Once, I was nine years old I took some scissors and I cut away the gearshift cover of my father's car which had this typical harmonic design pretending to make it similar to the exposed stick shift like Ferrari. While my friends were buying action figures, like Batman, Ninja Turtles, etc, I was buying stoplights, wheel covers, sport steering wheels pretending to make the Fiat Tipo a sports car, I was eight years old. I have a lot of stories like that but basically, car design is my passion, my hobby, my job, and my way of life.  


BP

It seems we’re at a major turning point in the automotive world, moving to more autonomous, and more electric vehicles. What (if anything) about that excites you?


MG

Electrification and autonomous technologies are bringing with them new packages, layouts, and architectures which are derivates from the new technology. Design-wise this is a great opportunity for designers to look out from the traditional combustion engine package.


Also, the form languages are changing drastically, just a simple example :


In electric cars, you don't need to design a grill.


BP

A lot of your designs re-imagine past car designs making them more modern, why does that interest you?


MG

Because it’s easy and very satisfying and is the only thing I can do because our job is confidential and If I start designing concept cars outside of my official job it wouldn’t be fair to the company and I’d risk involuntarily creating something similar to what I'm working on in the design center at work.


Let say that during the day I design future concepts/productions car and the night Restomods and 

Formula_E or movie cars.


BP

Outside of cars, where do you find inspiration for your designs?


MG

"Outside of cars" does not exist for me.

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matteo gentile


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Matteo Gentile
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Matteo Gentile
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Matteo Gentile

“Outside of cars” does not exist for me.

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