Created by the Turin-based I.DE.A Institute, this one-off sedan with sensual lines that were "inspired by the female form" is a pure design study created to showcase the creative capabilities of the Italian organization. Visually, the Sophia's design reflects an extension of the look presented in ERA Concept, an elegant two-seat roadster presented at last-year's Geneva show. Although the Sophia lacks an interior (which would contain seats for four) and boasts only the potential to be fitted with a V8 engine or hybrid system -- either of which could support either rear- or all-wheel drive -- the organization is not exactly a stranger to real-world automotive work.
Established in 1978 by the entrepreneur Franco Mantegazza, I.DE.A Institute has provided design, engineering and prototyping services as well as complete turnkey projects for many of the world's key carmakers, including Daihatsu, Fiat and Nissan as well as motorcycle manufacturer Ducati. In addition to its expertise in this arena, I.DE.A Institute also boasts an impressive portfolio of clients that produce high-end consumer appliances and furniture. While the Sophia remains only a stunning exercise in eye candy for the moment, the organization hopes to find a boutique builder that just might see some real-world potential in this striking sedan.