Every year since 1954 the iF International Forum Design has been handing out its iF Product Design Awards to manufacturers of items that exhibit outstanding design quality. iF Design’s highest honor, the ‘Gold Award’, which is often referred to as a ‘Design Oscar’, is the true mark of unparalleled design – and the Ferrari FXX K just took one home to Maranello.
The FXX K is the successor to the track-only version of the Ferrari Enzo, the FXX. As such, it features race-inspired aerodynamic elements (which Ferrari developed using methods learned from its FIA WEC efforts) along with an active rear spoiler and other innovative elements that make it a stand-out product in regards to design. iF particularly appreciated lead Ferrari designer Flavio Manzoni’s ability to make the car work well from an engineering standpoint while mainting the LaFerrari’s beauty.
“The Ferrari FXX K, created by the designers of Ferrari’s inhouse Styling Center, directed by Flavio Manzoni, is the perfect bridge between style and technology, art and engineering,” the organization said in a statement. “This car blends both beauty and functionality at an extreme level of refinement. Every single part that has an aerodynamic function is also styled, and no single element is present just for style’s sake, which reduces weight and complexity”.
In addition to the FXX K, the Ferrari 488 GTB and Ferrari 488 Spider were also recognized by the iF Forum Deisgn with a Design Excellence Award. The two cars were awarded “in recognition of Maranello’s success in reinterpreting its 40-year sporty V8 berlinetta tradition with a mix of both stylistic sophistication and technological innovation,” Ferrari said.