Pininfarina fuses 1930s style with modern technology for bicycle

Pininfarina fuses 1930s style with modern technology to produce bespoke bicycle

Italian car and coach-building firm Pininfarina has combined materials used inside 1930s vehicles with current technologies to produce a limited-edition bicycle (+ slideshow).

Pininfarina Fuoriserie bike

Famous for creating luxury tailor-made cars for manufacturers including Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Maserati, Pininfarina worked with bicycle maker 43 Milano to create the Fuoriserie bike using a combination of contemporary and classic materials.

Pininfarina Fuoriserie bike

The chromed steel tubes forming the bicycle's frame are hand-welded into shape and finished with a walnut briar-root coating, creating a visual reference to luxury wood-lined vehicle interiors emblematic of the 1930s – the decade Pininfarina was founded.

Pininfarina Fuoriserie bike

Further references are made to the company's heritage in the design of the handlebars and the seat, which are both formed from interwoven strips of brown leather – also found inside the iconic Lancia Astura Bocca car, designed by Pininfarina in 1936.

Pininfarina Fuoriserie bike

A miniaturised electronic engine positioned on the bicycle's rear-wheel cog generates forward-thrusting power, allowing the rider to save energy and cover greater distances.

Pininfarina Fuoriserie bike

Pedalling turns the dynamo inside the engine, which generates an electric current that is stored in a battery ready to be deployed by the rider whenever needed.

Pininfarina Fuoriserie bike

"Pininfarina Fuoriserie bike is a true Pininfarina project," said chairman Paolo Pininfarina. "It blends our heritage with innovative solutions, it is elegant and exclusive but also highly functional. It's a Fuoriserie with an eco-friendly soul."

Pininfarina Fuoriserie bike

Other modern features include LED lighting as well as a "plug-in system" allowing riders to recharge their mobile phones whilst on the move.

Pininfarina Fuoriserie bike

The bike will be produced in a limited run of 30 units. Pininfarina is also set to unveil its interior designs for Eurostar trains later on this week.

Pininfarina Fuoriserie bike

Other unique bicycles featured on Dezeen include one with a wooden frame, another with a see-through plastic structure, and a flat-pack bike designed to fit into into a small bag.