How does one properly enjoy a 600 horsepower Lamborghini and it’s bottomless gas-guzzling asphalt melting 5.2-liter V10 engine, when the thing has only one seat? The Italian automobile company plans to leave that sorely up to the gawking and envious pedestrians as they slowly scoop their mandibles up from the tarmac of jealousy.
The Lamborghini Egoista is an homage to the company from Walter De Silva, an Italian himself and the Head of Design at Volkswagen Group who is undoubtedly an avid Lamborghini fan. De Silva unveiled the stunning concept car at the celebration for Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary. The Head of Design states the Egoista was crafted for a single person who is “hyper-sophisticated” and wants only the “most extreme and special things in the world”. Ok that’s us. So where’s ours?!
Appearing like something from a Speed Racer episode, the Lamborghini Egoista has a cockpit made completely of carbon fiber and is a removable section of the car designed to fit the driver like a tailor-made suit, according to De Silva and his design team. The exterior upper body has foregone aerodynamics in favor of overlapping flaps. Two at the rear activate automatically at higher speeds to enhance stability. There are also intakes at the rear of the engine’s hood that enable cooling air to hit the monstrous V10 engine.
The Lamborghini Egoista doesn’t use headlight either. In fact this bit has to be read verbatim to be believed. See below. Suffice it to say this many ill-placed UFO reports will be cropping up around the time these pull into homes.
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.
Shawn loves gadgets, literature, history and games. For 10yrs+ he's straddled both the comic book & video game industries, as a writer, editor, marketing officer & producer. Shawn got his start in tech & games as an editor & Hardware Director for GameRevolution.com. More notable accomplishments include Executive Producer on mobile games Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved & The Shroud.