Just when we thought that we knew all there was to know about Lamborghini ’s 50th anniversary celebration , they go ahead and unveil a completely unexpected one-off model. This new model, which is dubbed the Egoista, was shown to a select group of 350 faithful customers at a special dinner that the Italian supercar builder held.
The first thing that strikes us as odd, sans the wild styling, is the name, which translates to “Selfish;” that’s quite an unusual name for a car. The Egoista obviously borrowed a lot of its design language from the recently launched Veneno , with its F1 -style nose and angular body.
The Egoista’s constructed mostly of carbon fiber and aluminum that is coated in a radar-absorbent material to help keep the cops from clocking you while flying down the highway – fortunately, this is only a concept, so Lambo can do as it pleases with the coating. Orange highlights the car in various areas, including the super-styled wheels and inside the intakes. The oddest of the orange accents is the orange-tinted front windshield.
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UPDATE 5/13/2013: Lamborghini has released additional information and images of the Egoista. See more after the jump.
The exterior of this concept became even wilder once Lamborghini released the official images. As you can see from the overhead image, the F1-style nose is even more exaggerated than it originally looked, as this concept takes on a UFO meets the Batplane look.
Up front, the Egoista features a carbon-fiber trunk lid, a pair of LED headlights that seem to glare at you with evil intentions, and well-formed air intakes that are both functional and elegant. The hard angles you see from the front end are at first a little scary and rather overwhelming, but after examining them, you’ll find that they are actually well done and flow well with the theme of the car.
From the profile view, the Egoista takes on a more Lamborghini-like look, though it is still rather extreme. The diving nose leads into the large glasshouse that rises upward to allow the driver to enter or exit the cabin. Just aft of the rear wheels, there is a large air intake with an orange highlight on the inside.
Around the backside, things pick back up where the front end left off. The LED taillights are nearly as sinister looking as the LED headlights, making the likes of Ferrari and Maserati quiver just at the thought of passing this beast. Above the two outer taillights are the two air flaps that raise and lower, as needed, to keep the back end planted to the asphalt. Just below the vertical center-mounted taillight are orange-highlighted exhaust exits. As a whole, the backside of the Egoista has an almost industrial look and feel that is a refreshing change from the over-styled supercars of today.
On the inside, Lamborghini took on a functional approach, focusing more on what you need to drive rather than loading the Egoista up with unnecessary components. Things start off with a single racing seat with a four-point harness with a different color for each of its straps. Much like fighter jets of today, the Egoista features a heads-up display to help keep all of the important information right in your view.
The entire cabin is decked out in orange with small grey and black highlights here and there. The steering wheel is very minimalist with only a grip for each hand and the instrument panel is equally petite.
Getting out of the cabin is also rather fighter-jet-like. You start with removing the steering wheel and setting it on the dashboard. You then have to open the electronic dome, stand on the seat, sit on the designated point on the left side of the body, turn 180 degrees then put your feet on the ground. That’s a little over the top for getting in and out of a car, but hey, it’s still damn cool…
The Egoista features a 5.2-liter V-10 engine borrowed from the Gallardo . Instead of producing the 560 to 570 horsepower that it does in the Gallarod, the Egoista’s V-10 pumps out an impressive 600 ponies. Unfortunately, this is as far as Lamborghini went in giving information on the drivetrain, but we think it’s safe to assume that this includes a dual-clutch automated manual transmission.
Pricing and Release
“It is a car for itself, a gift from Lamborghini to Lamborghini, resplendent in its solitude. The Egoista is pure emotion, Never Never Land, which no one can ever possess, and which will always remain a dream, for everyone” was the exact quote from Lamborghini in reference to the Egoista. We think this statement alone lets us know that this beast will never make its way into production. That’s likely a good decision, given its extreme design.
2013 Icona Vulcano Concept
Sure, the Icona Vulcano has 950 horsepower – 350 more than the Lamborghini – but its styling is nearly as wild as the Lambo model. The Vulcano’s V-12 powerplant jets it to 60 mph in fewer than 2 seconds, giving it another leg up on the Egoista, plus it can seat two people. Additionally, the Vulcano is expected to hit production at some point, whereas the Egoista never will.
Gallery Icona Vulcano Concept
Okay, so the Egoista has no chance of making production and the details are not complete, but it’s still a cool concept. It’s essentially a fighter jet on wheels, so that’s gotta be worth something, right?
- 600 horsepower
- Wild, outside-the-box styling
- Likely performs very well
- No true performance specs released
- Only a concept
- Completely inefficient as a passenger car
Gallery Lamborghini Egoista
Lamborghini Egoista – Walter De Silva’s homage for Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary
An emotional moment in Sant’Agata Bolognese yesterday at the culmination of the gala celebrating Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary: Walter De Silva’s incredible vehicle made its entry in front of a thousand invitees, the Head of Design for the Volkswagen Group’s homage to celebrating the House of the Raging Bull’s half century. “I am very attached to this Italian brand, being an Italian myself. I wanted to pay homage to and think up a vehicle to underline the fact that Lamborghinis have always been made with passion, and with the heart more than the head,” said an emotional De Silva.
Indeed the Egoista, as the vehicle has been christened, is a car forged from a passion for innovation and alternative solutions, the same passion which has always set the Lamborghini brand apart. “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),” De Silva further explained.
The supercar’s debut was equally spectacular, with a cinematic entry announced by a trailer projected onto the nine big screens in the room. The stage was transformed into a landing strip, with a top model in a flight suit guiding the Egoista’s arrival with ground crew light paddles, and the roar of the V10 engine shaking the 20-meter-tall tensioned event structure: this is the spectacle the VIP guests were treated to when Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann entered at the wheel of the Egoista, before inviting its creator, Walter De Silva, to join him on stage.
Concept and technology
Powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine supplying it with 600 horsepower, the Lamborghini Egoista is an intentionally extreme and unusual vehicle with absolutely 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, 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. 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 cockpit, made completely of carbon fiber and aluminum, represents a sort of survival cell, allowing the driver to isolate and protect themselves from external elements,” De Silva explained.“We kept an eye on the future when designing the Egoista, 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.”
The exterior is characterized by two fundamental aspects: its architecture, and the materials used. The design is determined by a highly muscular structure, in which empty and solid areas fit together with strength and vigor. The bodywork is dominated, on its sides, by the stylized profile of a bull preparing to charge, its horns lowered. The bull is driving towards the front wheels, conferring a futuristic dynamism and lines which are already, in themselves, highly aggressive. Naturally, this is a homage, a bold stylistic citation which can only be a reworking of the Lamborghini brand icon, the well-known raging bull. The challenge of efficiently inserting the Lamborghini symbol as an integral part of the bodywork was met courageously and artistically. The plan view reveals a trimaran profile, where the central hull forms a unique section with the cockpit, underlined by the carbon-fiber 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 provides the cooling air flow to the powerful V10 power plant. While the front of the vehicle has a profile intended to increase downforce, the rear is fully open with the mechanics in view, reducing weight but also with the result of creating a more aggressive look. The Lamborghini Egoista’s lights are more like an aircraft’s than a road vehicle’s. It 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, red on the left and green on the right, 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 aluminum and carbon-fiber, 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-fiber plates to improve their aerodynamics.
The cockpit’s interior is extremely rational, its functionality taken to the extreme. There is a racing seat with a four-point seatbelt, each strip a different color, the airbags, and the bare minimum of instruments. The focal point of these is a head-up display, typical of jet fighters. To get out of the vehicle, the driver must remove the steering wheel and rest it on the dashboard, open the dome with an electronic command, 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. Even in getting out of the vehicle, the Lamborghini Egoista requires a pilot more than a driver, a real top gun.
The Egoista contains, in Walter De Silva’s opinion, 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. It is a fanatical vehicle, Egoista fits it well.”
If Lamborghinis are cars for the few, this one goes further. It is a car for itself, a gift from Lamborghini to Lamborghini, resplendent in its solitude. The Egoista is pure emotion, Never Never Land, which no one can ever possess, and which will always remain a dream, for everyone.