The Torch that Pininfarina designed was a modern interpretation of the traditional wooden torch, in which it is the metal that seems to catch fire and burn. The flame envelops the body of the Torch rather than exiting from a hole on the top, like earlier torches. A dynamic, innovative shape was created to develop this concept, which recalls the tip of a ski but also the building that is a symbol of Turin, the Mole Antonelliana.

Pininfarina was responsible for both the styling and engineering of the Torch and for its manufacture; a total of 12 thousand numbered examples were produced for the Olympics and 125 for the Paralympics. The Olympic Flame passed through the hands of over 11,000 torchbearers, crossing all the Italian regions and provinces, and covering a distance of 11,000 kilometres.

The design won the “Lorenzo il Magnifico” award, the highest prize from the Florence Biennale of Contemporary Art, with the following motivation: “The Magnificent Lorenzo de Medici bows before the pure beauty of the Olympic Torch created by the multiform genius of Turin and the sublime master craftsman, Pininfarina”.

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The Olympic Torch designed by Pininfarina is a cutting edge technological instrument designed to meet a number of essential technical requirements: it cannot be relit and it must not go out even in adverse climatic conditions like rain, snow or wind of up to 120 km/h; it must stand up to temperatures ranging from -20° C to +25° C and the flame it produces must have a constant, controlled height and burn for 15 minutes. The Torch, which is 765 mm high, has a diameter of 108 mm and weighs 1.850 kg; it must function both at sea level and at an altitude of 5000 metres. And to guarantee that it can be seen on television in daylight or at night, the flame produced by the combustion is yellow-orange, and the smoke is non-toxic and odourless.

Where the materials used are concerned, the exterior shell is made of aluminium, the inner mechanism is made of steel, copper and technopolymers, and the surface has an embossed finish that makes the Torch easier to grip, and a special paint that is resistant to high temperatures. The Torch is supplied by a blend of hydrocarbons (propylene-butane) contained in a standard aluminium spray canister. A new, exclusive combustion system guarantees the stability of the flame, resistance to extinguishing and visibility.

12 mila esemplari numerati. Più di 11 mila tedofori

In qualità di fornitore ufficiale, Pininfarina ha voluto contribuire al successo dei Giochi Olimpici e Paralimpici Invernali di Torino 2006 disegnando e realizzando la Torcia che è un concentrato di quelle competenze distintive dell’azienda a livello mondiale: la maestria nel design, nell’ingegnerizzazione e nella produzione. 

A team of 25 people from all sectors of activity of the Pininfarina group was involved in the project to optimise the functioning and performance of the Torch in all environmental conditions, and to perform the necessary tests also in Pininfarina Wind Tunnel.

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Industrial design

AT THE SAME TIME...

  • 2002

    TRAM SIRIO

  • 2003

    SEDE PININFARINA EXTRA

    When design plays at home: the new Pininfarina Extra headquarters

  • 2003

    SCHREDER FRANCESCA

    An innovative urban lighting device. It is called…

  • 2004

    NIDO

    an innovative concept car to analyse the safety of small cars

  • 2005

    VOLVO C70

    A convertible with a unique three-piece retractable hardtop

  • 2005

    BIRDCAGE 75TH

    The Renaissance of car design made in Pininfarina: the Maserati Birdcage 75th

  • 2007

    CHERY A3

    Two car models for China Signed by Pininfarina the A3 and the A3 sport

  • 2007

    MASERATI GRANTURISMO

    A new masterpiece created by Pininfarina

  • 2007

    CEAN

    In the “Insegna” project Pininfarina explores interior architecture

  • 2007

    GICSA - TORRE MEXICO

    Pininfarina enters the residential design field with the Torre México project

  • 2007

    KEATING HOTEL

    With the Keating Hotel, Pininfarina enters the hospitality world

  • 2008

    SINTESI

    It is time for the Sintesi, the concept car that explores the car of the future.

  • 2008

    HYPERION

    Pininfarina returns to custom-built vehicle for special customers

  • 2008

    ALENIA SUPERJET SSJ-100

    Pininfarina design flies high with the Sukhoi Superjet 100

  • 2008

    Design Ability

    Design that is accessible to all is on display at

  • 2008

    CHTPZ STAND

    The mood of architecture applied to interior design. Pininfarina has imagined and developed it for the

  • 2008

    PININFARINA BLUECAR

    It is electric. It does not pollute and it makes no noise. And features the best technological innovations. It is the BLUECAR, conceived and designed by Pininfarina.

  • 2009

    MASERATI GRANCABRIO

    The first Maserati convertible, the four-seater GranCabrio was designed by Pininfarina

  • 2009

    AEROTOYSTORE

    Pininfarina teams up with Aero Toy Store: design takes flight.

  • 2009

    PRINOTH BEAST

    The Beast appears on the snow, the snow groomer designed by Pininfarina

  • 2009

    RAMAZZOTTI - THE GLOBE PININFARINA

    Pininfarina and Amaro Ramazzotti: design to drink