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Lamborghini Egoista celebrates 50th anniversary

Walter De Silva presents new single-seater concept

Toni Avery
May 14, 2013 SHARE

When you think of a jet, you probably think Top Gun, but Lamborghini now wants you to consider its Egoista, that uses jet-fighter imagery in its single-seater cockpit and body lines.

Designed specifically for Lamborghini's 50th anniversary, Alessandro Dambrosio (exterior) and Stephan Sielaff (interior) from the Volkswagen Group design team, were responsible for creating the raging bull.

Egoista_straight_on_view Photo 2/8   |   egoista straight on view

Walter De Silva, head of design at VW, presented the car for the celebration in Sant'Agata Bolognese. And what an entrance it made. Projected onto nine big screens, the rolling sculpture made its way onto the stage that resembled a landing strip, complete with ground crew using light paddles to direct him to its resting place.

Powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine blasting off with 600hp, the Egoista is constructed from lightweight materials to add to the go-fast theme. The cockpit is surrounded by orange glass and can apparently be ejected in an emergency.

Exterior

While the hood is carbon-fiber, the upper sections have no aerodynamic additions. Instead, flaps integrated into the bodywork, operate automatically depending on driving conditions. At high speeds, for example, two rear flaps activate to provide stability.

And with high speed comes heat, so a series of air intakes on the back of the engine cover cool the powerful V10.

The front profile was designed to increase downforce, while the rear is open to reduce weight and looking incredibly bad-ass.

Egoista_above_view Photo 6/8   |   egoista above view

Loosing traditional headlights, LED clearance lights determine the car's position in three dimensions. Additional lights include two white front lights, two red rear lights, red flashing light on the upper tail, two orange side markers, one red and one green on the roof, and two hidden xenon headlamps behind the front air intakes.

The Egoista's body uses a special anti-radar material, while the glass is anti-glare with its orange gradation.

The wheels were constructed from the anti-radar material, embellished with carbon-fiber plates for improved aerodynamics.

Interior

While the exterior might look like a beefed-up Aventador, the inside is like nothing else on the road. As a single-seater, it has four-point harnesses, which you will need once you eject from the car.

Egoista_cockpit_view_2 Photo 7/8   |   egoista cockpit view 2

Keeping the instruments to the minimum, the focal point is a heads-up display.

Exiting the car is a workout in itself. Lamborghini suggests the driver remove the steering wheel, place it on the dash, then open the dome with an electronic command and stand on the seat. The left-hand side of the bodywork has a place for the driver to sit, while they swivel their legs outside the vehicle. Finally, the driver can take the applause of onlookers.

Egoista_rear_view Photo 8/8   |   egoista rear view
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