- Lamborghini is marking its 50th anniversary with an exclusive concept car.
- The one-off single-seat supercar is appropriately christened Egoista — Italian for "selfish."
- Inspired by jet aircraft, the Egoista features a 5.2-liter V10 that makes 600 horsepower.
SANT'AGATA BOLOGNESE, Italy — Lamborghini, one of the most exclusive brands in the Volkswagen Group stable, is marking its 50th anniversary with an exclusive design: a one-off single-seat supercar appropriately christened Egoista — Italian for "selfish."
Before 1,000 VIP guests, Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann drove the Egoista onto the stage at the company's gala anniversary celebration here.
But it was truly a shining moment for Walter De Silva, head of design for the VW Group, who 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."
Said to be inspired by jet aircraft, the Egoista was created by an elite team led by De Silva, with Alessandro Dambrosio heading the exterior design and Stefan Sielaff the interior.
The radically shaped bodywork is shaped to resemble Lamborghini's famed "raging bull" logo. According to the company's hyperbolic press release, the exterior design boasts "the stylized profile of a bull preparing to charge, its horns lowered."
The body is made from a special antiradar material, as are the rims, which also have been fitted with carbon-fiber plates to improve aerodynamics.
Among the car's distinctive features are two rear flaps that activate automatically at high speed to increase stability and LED "clearance lights" in place of traditional headlamps, with a pair of xenon lamps hidden behind the front air intakes.
The Egoista sports the usual Lamborghini hardware, notably a 600-horsepower 5.2-liter V10.
More unusual is the car's aluminum and carbon-fiber cockpit, "designed like a tailor-made suit for the driver," according to Lamborghini. Designers have fitted a head-up display, a racing seat with a multi-colored four-point safety harness and a removable steering wheel to enable easier entry and exit.
The automaker apparently has no intention of building and selling the Egoista.
Rhapsodized the press 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."
Edmunds says: Perhaps they should have called it La Silva.