Party crasher: Lamborghini Egoista concept
Last week over 350 Lamborghinis and their owners converged on the factory at SantA'gata Bolognese for an invitation-only event following the conclusion of a grand tour around Northern Italy to help celebrate the automaker's 50th anniversary in business. That private gathering did, however, produce one announced guest in the form of this ultra-rad road rager, the Lamborghini Egoista.
Created by Walter De Silva, design chief of the Volkswagen Group that owns the Italian supercar maker, the boldly angular Egoista is a one-off that cranks up the visual intensity most recently manifested in Lambo's super-limited edition Veneno to whole new level. With a profile meant to convey the character of a charging bull and an attitude to match, De Silva proudly admits the Egoista is designed for "hyper-sophisticated" people who want the most extreme and most special things in the world. "It represents hedonism taken to the extreme, it is a car without compromises, in a word: egoista (selfish)," De Silva exclaimed.
Not surprisingly, the Egoista's stealth-styled carbon composite body panels as well as its electric orange wheels are crafted from special radar-rejecting materials while the car's matching orange-tinted glass features an anti-glare coating. In place of fixed spoilers, this aero-themed exercise that Lambo has dubbed "a four-wheeled UFO" incorporates a series of articulated flaps on its upper exterior surfaces that auto deploy at speed to maintain stability and downforce. The Egoista also is fitted with an array of aircraft-style LED front/rear/top clearance lights that are supplemented by a pair of ultra-bright xenon headlamps hidden away behind the front air intakes.
Access to this door-less mid-engine supercar is accomplished by lifting its forward-pivoting canopy -- which can be removed to further reduce the Egoista's mass. Like many of today's modern open-wheel single-seat racers, entry/exit requires the driver to detach the quick-release yoke-style multifunction steering wheel. Color matched to the wheels, de Silva indicated that the Egoista's also-removable cockpit/survival cell features a design inspired by an Apache helicopter gunship and military fighter jets -- right down to its stylized head-up display that sits atop the equally unconventional pod-type digital instrument cluster. Like the rest of the Egoista, this modular person pod makes extensive use of carbon fiber, aluminum and other lightweight composites. While Lamborghini did not release many powertrain details, it did confirm that that Egoista is fitted with an upgraded 592-horsepower version of the 5.2-liter V10 used in the Gallardo.
According to De Silva, the Egoista embodies all the product criteria which are part of Lamborghini's make-up. "It's as if Ferruccio Lamborghini were saying: I'm going to put the engine in the back, I don't want a passenger. I want it for myself, and I want it as I imagine it to be." Calling it "a gift from Lamborghini to Lamborghini, resplendent in its solitude," the automaker says there are no plans to build any more examples of this stunning homage to the marque.
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