The culmination of the gala celebrating Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary came to a close earlier in the week in Sant’Agata Bolognese with the unveiling of the outrageous Lamborghini Egoista.
Made by the Head of Volkswagen Group’s design Walter De Silva, this amazing vehicle made its entry in front of a thousand invitees, the designers homage to celebrating the House of the Raging Bull’s half century. Walter said that being an Italian himself we was very attached to the Lambo brand and that the supercar has always been made with passion and the heart rather than the head.
Concept and technology
The cockpit has been made completely of carbon fibre and aluminium and represents a kind of
Powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine supplying it with 600 bhp, the Egoista is an intentionally extreme and unusual vehicle with unique characteristics
Created by the Volkswagen Group design team, Alessandro Dambrosio responsible for the exterior and Stefan Sielaff for the interior, in particular. De Silva’s team chose to create a single-seater. The cockpit, designed like a tailor-made suit for the driver, is a removable section which, once combined with the rest of the vehicle, creates a perfect technical, mechanical and aerodynamic unit. Inspiration, as per Lamborghini tradition, once again comes from the world of aviation, and in particular the Apache helicopter, where the cockpit can be ejected in an emergency.
The exterior has been characterised by two fundamental aspects, its architecture, and the materials used.
The design idea for the car was to make the Lamborghini symbol part of the bodywork, as you can see from the front view of the car, the bodywork is dominated, on its sides, by the profile of a bull preparing to charge with its horns lowered. The plan view reveals a trimaran profile, where the central hull forms a unique section with the cockpit, underlined by the carbon fibre cover on the front hood.
The upper part of the vehicle does not have aerodynamic appendages, but rather flaps integrated in the bodywork profile which act automatically depending on the driving conditions. Two rear flaps activate automatically at high speeds to increase stability, while a series of air intakes on the back of the engine hood provide cooling air flow to the engine. The front of the vehicle has a profile intended to increase downforce, the rear is fully open with the mechanics in view, reducing weight and creating a raw aggressive look. The Lamborghini Egoista’s lights are more like an aircraft’s than a road vehicle’s.
The Egoista does not have traditional headlights, rather LED clearance lights which determine its position not just on a single plane such as the road, but rather in three dimensions, as is required in airspace. Two white front lights, two red rear lights, a red flashing light in the upper part of the tail, two orange bull’s eyes as side markers, and a further two lights on the roof, make this four-wheeled UFO unique even in the dark. Finally, hidden behind the front air intakes at the base of the join between the central body and the two side sections, are two powerful xenon headlamps, two eagle’s eyes able to scan the darkness for great distances.
As it is made from lightweight materials such as aluminium and carbon fibre, the vehicle has no-walk zones, duly marked like on airliners. The parallels with the world of aeronautics do not end here, however, as the body is made from a special antiradar material, and the glass is anti-glare with an orange gradation. The rims are also made from antiradar material, flat and rough, embellished with carbon fibre plates to improve their aerodynamics.
When Designing the Egoista we kept an eye on the future, with the idea that its cockpit could have been taken from a jet aircraft and integrated into a road vehicle to provide a different travel option.
Even getting out of the Egoista requires a pilot more than a driver, in order to disembark the craft, the driver must remove the steering wheel and rest it on the dashboard, open the electronic dome stand up in their seat, sit down on a precise point of the left-hand bodywork, then swivel their legs 180 degrees from the inside of the cockpit to the outside of the vehicle. At this point they can set their feet down and stand up.
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