Lamborghini Egoista is a limited edition sports car built to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary. Only one model was built, but if the Egoista reaches production, its price will stretch into millions. Just before the Egoista, Lamborghini launched the Veneno supercar to celebrate the milestone. The Lamborghini Egoista was revealed at the Lamborghini 50th anniversary party.
Under the hood
The Lamborghini Egoista is a fully functioning model based on the Gallardo, with a 5.2 L (317 cu in) mid-mounted V-10 engine, delivering 600 bhp (447 kW; 608 PS). This 600 bhp worth of selfishness is wrapped in carbon fiber, aluminum and anti-radar materials. This is an intentionally extreme and odd vehicle with completely unique characteristics. The Volkswagen Group design team are responsible for its futuristic appearance, with Alessandro Dambrosio working on the exterior and Stefan Sielaff on the interior.
De Silva’s team wanted to build a single-seater capable of pushing all characteristic of cars. Inspired by the Apache helicopter, the cockpit is made completely of carbon fiber and aluminum, allowing the driver to protect himself from external elements. The interior is taken to the extreme with the airbag, a bare minimum of instruments and an individual racing seat with four-point seatbelt. Moreover, the cockpit is a removable section and can be ejected in an emergency. The unique canopy door is modeled after a modern fighter jet and the steering wheel must be removed so the driver can enter and exit the car. In order to open the dome, an electronic command must be activates, then the driver must stand up in the seat, sit down on a precise point and swivel the legs 180 degrees. The cabin is finished in bright orange.
The exterior design of the Lamborghini Egoista has an extra dose of aviation features. Designers sprinkled many marker lights similar to those used on an aircraft. The headlights are hidden in the front air intakes where the central bodywork and side sections meet. The top of the car, sides, front and rear are adorned with sidemarkers and indicators. From the side, the exterior is meant to resemble a bull ready to charge. The aerodynamic panels raise and lower to improve downforce and stability. The two flaps in the back and engine intakes automatically flip open and close, depending on the driving conditions. Because Lamborghini Egoista is a concept, the automaker can do as it pleases with the coating. Constructed mostly by aluminum and carbon fiber, the radar-absorbent material coat keeps the cops from clocking you.
De Silva said that he placed the engine in the back, because he didn’t want the passenger; he wanted the Lamborghini Egoista all for himself. Actually, in Italian Egoista means selfish, so the creation represents hedonism taken to the extreme.