By Euro Weekly News Media • 23 May 2013 • 8:56
EGOISTA: Represents hedonism taken to the extreme.
LAMBORGHINI has always produced eye-catching cars, but the Italian manufacturer’s latest concept is something else entirely. To celebrate its 50th anniversary the company decided to make the ultimate driver’s car.
This is the astonishing result, a single-seater super machine that looks more like an aircraft than a car. And that is not an accident. Walter De Silva, head designer of Volkswagen Group which owns the brand, said his team took inspiration from the Apache military heli-copter with the concept of a removable ‘cockpit’ designed to envelope the driver in a cocoon for safety and comfort.
But any billionaires out there wanting to buy one will have to think again. Only one has been built as a gift from Lamborghini to Lamborghini on its anniversary, and it is not for sale.
Speaking about the car, christened the Egoista, De Silva said: “This is a car made for one person only, to allow them to have fun and express their personality to the maximum. It is designed purely for hyper-sophisticated people who want only the most extreme and special things in the world. It represents hedonism taken to the extreme, it is a car without compromises, in a word: egoista (selfish).”
Powered by a 5.2-litre V10 engine supplying it with 600 horse-power, the Lamborghini Egoista is an intentionally extreme and unusual vehicle with absolutely unique characteristics, created by the Volkswagen Group design team. Alessandro Dambrosio is responsible for the exterior and Stefan Sielaff for the interior.
De Silva’s team chose to create a single-seater, pushing all the characteristics in Lamborghini’s make-up meaning pure driving pleasure, performance and style beyond their limits.
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.
“The cockpit, made completely of carbon fibre and aluminium, represents a sort of survival cell, allowing the driver to isolate and protect themselves from external elements,” De Silva explained.
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