a distinctly modern re-interpretation of the traditional wooden torch, in which metal catches fire and burns is the concept behind the design of the torino 2006 olympic torch, conceived by pininfarina. the torch has been developed to fulfil the technical requirements of the IOC : it must never go out, not even in rain, snow, or in winds up to 120 km/h. the flame should never reach higher than 10 cm, and should last 15 minutes. 765 mm high, 108 mm in diameter, and weighing 1850 g, the torch is made in aluminium and contains parts in steel, copper and techno-polymers. 12,000 numbered units will be produced. over 10,000 torchbearers will carry the flame in every region and province of italy covering over 11,300 kilometres and lasting for 64 days from december 8, 2005 to february 10, 2006.