East Coast debut of widely acclaimed Zagato-designed Perana Z-One among festival highlights Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - World renowned auto designer Andrea Zagato will headline the 2010 Saratoga Wine & Food and Fall Ferrari Festival, presented by the Italian Trade Commission, September 10 - 12. Zagato, current head of the iconic design house founded by his grandfather Ugo Zagato, will host a symposium on the heritage of Italian design on Saturday, September 11 at 1:30 p.m at the Ferrari Concours. The Concours will also feature the East Coast Debut of the new highly acclaimed Perana Z-One sports car designed by Zagato. Ugo Zagato revolutionized Italian car design in the early 1900's with his pioneering use of aircraft techniques to produce aerodynamic, lightweight automobile bodies. His design house, founded in 1919 in Milan, Italy, designed numerous models for Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Fiat among others. Zagato bodied Alfa Romeos-including those of Scuderia Ferrari-won many races in the pre-WWII years. The post-war Zagato-bodied Grand Touring cars built for Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Fiat, Abarth, Maserati, Lancia and Aston Martin brought Zagato its greatest fame. Under grandson Andrea Zagato, the company continues its tradition of pioneering advances in automotive design. Among Zagato's most recent successes are the Perana Z-One sports car - the first collaboration between an Italian coachbuilder and a South African manufacturer. Advanced virtual reality tools were employed to enable the prototype to be completed in less than four months. The car has received rave reviews since its world premiere at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. The Perana Z-one will have its East Coast debut at the festival on Saturday. Andrea Zagato will discuss Zagato's past, present and future at a seminar entitled "The Heritage of Italian Design" at 1:30 p.m on Saturday, September 11. Joining Dr. Zagato will be renowned designer and automaker Piero Rivolta and Luigi Chinetti Jr, who commissioned various design studies on Ferrari chassis for N.A.R.T. The seminar will take place among the collector Ferraris, Maseratis and Alfa Romeos on display at the Ferrari Concours. The Saratoga Wine & Food and Fall Ferrari Festival, presented by the Italian Trade Commision, is a fundraiser to support the educational programs of Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the Saratoga Automobile Museum. The festival, from September 10 - 12, encompasses several events featuring fine wines, food and collector automobiles. Honorary Chairs of the event include celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich and renowned auto designer Andrea Zagato. For tickets and a full schedule of events, visit http://www.spac.org/
###Photo Caption: Zagato's Perana Z-One makes its East Coast debut at the Festival. The Z-One, the first collaboration between an Italian coachbuilder and South African manufacturer Perana, is in limited production to assure exclusivity and to commemorate the 90 years of Zagato design.