Egotist Lamborghini Egoista basks in 1 seat solitude
Lamborghini Egoista is unusual and extreme, powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine capable of 600hp. Walter De Silva, Head of Volkswagen Group Design is the vehicle’s creator, while Alessandro Dambrosio gave the exterior shape, and Stefan Sielaff saw to interior details. The single seat is a beyond limits car in thought and reality. Egoista embodies the passion for alternative solutions, and innovation. Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini President and CEO entered at the wheel of the Egoista, and invited Walter De Silva on stage.
The removable cockpit when attached to Egoista gives you a perfectly aerodynamic fit, inspired by aviation, in this case the Apache helicopter that ejects the cockpit in an emergency. Walter De Silva said, “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.” “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.”
On the inside is a racing seat with a multi coloured four-point seatbelt airbags, and required instruments. To drive it, some pilot experience would be handy. The head-up display is akin to a jet fighter. To exit, the steering wheel is to be removed, and placed on the dashboard. The cockpit dome opens with an electronic command. Now comes the difficult bit. A passenger is to stand on their seat, sit at a particular spot on the left side of Egoista, swivel their legs from the cabin to outside the car, and put their feet down to stand up. Exact precision is paramount when getting in the vehicle.
Egoista has a muscular exterior body, and stylizes a bull with horns down, readying for charge. The 50th anniversary homage for Lamborghini gives the raging bull a new face, and is built on a trimaran profile. Air intakes on the back of the engine hood allows for cool air to flow to the V10 power plant. Front design intends to increase downforce, and a rear that shows of the hardware adds to it’s aggressive look. Lights are aircraft inspired with LED clearance lights and the abundance of cleverly integrated lights for all spaces makes the UFO on wheels uniquely sightly in the dark. The use of anti radar material, aluminum, carbon fibre, and anti glare material don’t go unnoticed in Egoista.
Walter De Silva said, “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.” “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).” He added, “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.”