The Daft Punk era recently came to an end. Following the intense sensation of void generated from this news, we thought it would have been cool to share with you another tribute to the mesmerizing electronic music duo. Their musical style has mainly been described as house, French house, electronic, dance and disco. Sean Cooper of AllMusic describes their musical style as a blend of acid house, techno, pop, indie rock, hip hop, progressive house, funk, and electro. They incorporated extensive sampling; Guardian chief critic Alex Petridis described their approach to music and art as “magpie”-like.
You are the light behind a cloud. You are the end and the beginning
As you all know, in the opening scene of their iconic 35mm independent movie ‘Electroma’ — which revolves around the odyssey of two robots to become human — there’s a Ferrari 412. The car, with its unique license plate, is driven by two characters — band members Peter Hurteau and Michael Reich — through a Southwestern United States landscape, and arrives in Inyo County, California.
For us, impossible not to think about the night we played with Lapo Elkann’s 400i, provided by Garage Italia and portrayed for us by Davide De Martis. Here are some unpublished shots, we hope you’ll appreciate as much as we do.
The 400i is a front-engined 2+2 grand tourer car made between 1979 and 1985. It’s closely related both to 365 GT4 2+2, 400 and 412: same body, same chassis and same engine evolved over time. Penned out by Leonardo Fioravanti at Pininfarina, it was the first ever Ferrari featuring an automatic transmission. Under the bonnet, there’s a 4.8 liter 24-valves Tipo F101 V12, designed by Gioacchino Colombo and capable of 310 hp. A total of 1.305 examples of 400i were produced, 883 Automatics and 422 GTs. The 400i’s successor was the 412, first Prancing Horse to offer ABS, in 576 units.
In August 1984, Car Magazine’s journalist L. J. K. Setright described it as “one of the few most beautiful, and one of the two most elegant, bodies ever to leave the lead of Pininfarina’s pencilling vision”. Amongst 400i/412 notable owners, Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards and Billy Wyman. Richard Burton also had one and Enzo Ferrari himself used a 400i as daily car to the factory for quite a few time •
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