Mathematics is an exact science, while beauty is a subjective thing. But 2,300 years ago, these issues intersected with Golden Ratio, an irrational real algebraic constant that is used as a reference in artworks to get whole ratios. British site Kar Wow I decided to use this rule to find the most beautiful cars according to math.
The golden ratio can be found in many works before this constant was created by the Italian Leonardo Fibonacci, as in the Parthenon. The golden ratio can be found in the works of such artists as Leonardo da Vinci and Sandro Botticelli. Today it is used to create logos.
Mathematics applied to cars
The British site’s survey as a benchmark for rating cars brought how far the design of these cars corresponds to the golden ratio. Of the 20 cars listed, 10 are from the 1960s. In the top ten, not only three cars came out of this prolific decade of automotive design.
One explanation for this fact is the lack of bodywork regulations that were in place at the time. In the 1970s, the concern for automobile safety was based on larger bumpers, that headlights had a minimum height and curved lines went out of fashion with preference given to a straighter and more loaded style.
But the real surprise was that the first place went to a modern car: the 2019 Ferrari Monza SP1, which is 61.75% in line with the sports norm. This special sports car designed by Ferrari home studio.
Check out the list of the most beautiful sports cars
- Ferrari Monza SP1 2019 (61.75% in line with the golden ratio)
- 1964 Ford GT40 (61.64% golden ratio)
- Ferrari 330 GTC Special 1967 (61.15% in line with the golden ratio)
- Lotus Elite 1974 (60.07% in line with the golden ratio)
- Ferrari 250 GTO 1962 (59.95% golden ratio)
- 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (58.86% golden ratio)
- Ferrari 330 P4 1967 (58.65% golden ratio)
- Alfa Romeo Alfetta 1974 (58.53% in line with the golden ratio)
- Lamborghini Miura 1966 (57.83% in line with the golden ratio)
- Maserati Indy 1969 (57.75% in line with the golden ratio)
- Maserati MC20 2020 (57.65% golden ratio alignment)
- BMW 507 1956 (57.58% in line with the golden ratio)
- Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing 1954 (57.56% in line with the golden ratio)
- Apollo Intensa Emozione 2019 (57.12% in line with the golden ratio)
- Jaguar E-Type 1961 (57.11% golden ratio)
- Jaguar XKSS 1957 (57.11% golden ratio)
- Aston Martin DB6 1965 (Flying Better) (56.86% golden ratio alignment)
- Lamborghini Jarama 1970 (56.62% in line with the golden ratio)
- Alpine A310 1971 (56.26% golden ratio)
- De Tomaso P72 2020 (56.18% in line with the golden ratio)
The site has compiled a list of 100 cars that you can check out on this link. Ferrari stood out with 16 cars in this ranking, followed by 10 cars from its rival Lamborghini. Porsche and Aston Martin tied for seven cars.
Amidst the many classic sports cars we found some curious. In eighth place came the Alfa Romeo Alveta sedan, the design of this car served as the basis for the Brazilian 2300. Number 23 on the list is the 2001 Vauxhall Monaro, a coupe version of the Holden Commodore that was sold in Brazil as the Chevrolet Omega.
The Jaguar E-Type is built on mathematical formulas for good aerodynamics. When it was launched, this car won praise even from the arrogant Enzo Ferrari. But in terms of golden pedigree, this Jaguar lags behind four newer Ferraris. The leader should order the whim of Italian designers.
Boris has some of the cars on this list in his garage, among them: Alfa Romeo Spider:
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