Here is a true dreamcar if there ever was one. A modern expression of the Gandini wedge design ethos that ruled the supercar world for decades.
But leaner, cleaner and more functional under Okuyama’s pen.
This machine is ostensibly a one-off created by Ken Okuyama Cars, but a micro-batch of customer cars are possible with style like a Stratos Zero or Ferraro Modulo!
It is a masterpiece of linearity. But with nice overlapping layers that give depth to the front bumper, lower windowline and multi-material tail. Part of this square rump is notably decorated with chrome brightwork, while the edges offer a glimpse of radiator cooling fans underneath. The flying C-pillar line is perhaps the most elegant expression of a modern, curve-friendly wedge. As this metal section arcs across the roof, internal grey carbon-fiber uprights make beautiful, structural flying buttresses.
Performance will be bonkers. 700HP Lambo V12. RWD.
[A healthy bit of Aventdaor in the cabin, regretfully, but Kode0 is radically lighter.]
Little to no safety kit or electronic helpers.
Just pure, raw and savage on the eyes! For someone, this machine will be worth its weight in gold.
2017 Okuyama Design Kode 0
Front tread：1810mm Rear tread：1760mm
Dry vehicle weight：1550Kg
Bore Stroke：95.0 76.4mm
Transmission type：ISR gearbox with 7 speeds
Suspension type：Double wishbone fully independent suspension
Push rod magneto-rheologic active suspension
with horizontal dampers and springs
Brake type：Front carbon-ceramic ventilated discs with 400mm diameter
Rear carbon-ceramic ventilated discs with 380mm diameter
Wheel：Front NOVITEC NL3 Forged 9.0J×20
Rear NOVITEC NL3 Forged 13.0J×21
Tire Size：Front PIRELLI P-ZERO 255/30ZR20
Rear PIRELLI P-ZERO 355/25ZR21
Body panels : Carbon fiber
For immediate release
August 19th, 2017
Ken Okuyama Cars unveils the Kode 0 (Zero), a stunning one-off
supercar at The Quail, A Motor Sports Gathering
On August 18, Ken Okuyama Cars unveiled its world premiere of a new one-off supercar
– the Kode 0 (Zero) – at The Quail Motor Sport Gathering.
Just completed at a design studio in Japan, the one-off Kode 0 (Zero) supercar is a follow-up to
the Kode 57 which was launched at last year’s event. The Kode 0 was penned by Ken Okuyama,
creator of an innovative styling trend that gave birth to the Ferrari Enzo and Maserati
Quattroporte, as well as the one-off Ferrari Rossa and Maserati Birdcage 75th concept cars.
In the early 1970s, humankind was filled with dreams. It was a time when legendary designer
Marcello Gandini and famed carrozzeria craftsmen penned masterpieces like the Lancia Stratos
Zero, Lamborghini Countach and Ferrari Modulo.
The Kode 0 concept revives those dream car proportions of yesteryear using modern-day
Born from the latest aerodynamic formula, the unique and innovative detail infused into this
silhouette creates an exterior that begs a second look. Incorporating a no-frills, back-to-basics
approach, Ken Okuyama Cars realizes the Kode 0’s bold proportions through a simple, timeless
This concept is the personification of Okuyama’s design philosophy in that it perfectly blends
hypercar styling with world-class engineering that boasts a high-powered, naturally aspirated
V12 engine and carbon fiber monocoque. Tipping the scales at 1,550 kgs and propelled by a
700hp engine, the Kode 0 delivers superb performance and handling.
The radical “one motion” exterior tempts the onlooker to start their aesthetic inspection of the car
at the low, sharp nose with integrated brake cooling ducts, then proceed up through the narrow
vertically-mounted, multi-layered LED headlights to the A-pillar. At the roofline, the sharp edge
dips sharply to pass through the C-pillar and huge engine bay cooling ducts before climaxing at
the upslanting rear end.
Air used to cool the radiator is expelled effectively through bespoke, mesh-covered vents at the
tail end. The position of these air intakes could become a trend for supercar design in the near
future. The six cooling fans fitted inside the rear fenders and air vents are painted in the Kode 0’s
signature metallic green while the two large fans visible inside the rear corner mesh add drama
to the rear styling. Not bound by brand or regulations, the Kode 0 is the antithesis of modern day
Employing a short rear overhang with high-mounted tail lights and a kicked up rear deck, the
Kode 0’s wedge-shape is complete. To add a final touch, Okuyama has penned a
triangular-shaped, quadruple exhaust pipe combination that hints at the Kode series DNA.
Penned at Ken Okuyama Design’s Aoyama studio in Tokyo, the Kode 0 was assembled at the
Ken Okuyama Cars factory in Yamagata using industry-leading NC machine cutting techniques
to cut and shape all carbon fiber body panels.
By gathering the highest quality components from around the world, all production and assembly
were done by hand using Japan’s precision quality controlled methods.
Ken Okuyama is a total design company incorporating an engineering development base in
Tokyo and a production facility in Yamagata prefecture in northern Japan. Boasting a 40-strong
staff and annual turnover of 1 billion yen (@US$9.15 million), Ken Okuyama encompasses Ken
Okuyama Design (design consulting operation), Ken Okuyama Casa (furniture and interior
design), Ken Okuyama Eyes (eyewear) and the company’s flagship operation of Ken Okuyama
Cars which has created low production sports models such as the kode7 and kode9.
KEN OKUYAMA official website : www.kenokuyamadesign.com/
Kode0 special website : www.kenokuyamadesign.com/oneoff/
The Quail, Motorsports Gathering :
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