Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato introduced at the 2014 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este [w/video]

Article by Christian A., on May 26, 2014

Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato project is derived from an official partnership between Automobili Lamborghini and Zagato that aims to create a real contemporary collectible car.

Considered as the first Zagato-bodied Lamborghini, the 3500 GTZ was a "fuoriserie" derived from the 350 GT mechanics, as commissioned by Marquis Gerino Gerini in 1965. Around half a century later, one of the renowned Lamborghini collectors in the world -- Albert Spiess -- commissioned Zagato to transform the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 into a modern collectible car: the Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato.

Spiess is known for owning an extraordinary collection of vehicles like a number of one-off vehicles and Lamborghini’s first cars. Spiess also owns a number of Zagato collectibles like the Aston Martin V8 Zagato (1985), Alfa Romeo S.Z. (1990) and R.Z. (1993) and V12 Zagato (2012). Just as Zagato is celebrating its 95th anniversary, Spiess commissioned to convert the Gallardo LP570-4 – considered as Lamborghini’s best-selling car in its first 50 years – into a modern collectible car called as the Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato.

For the unprecedented project, Zagato managed to maintain all the technical constraints of the original car while re-interpreting in accordance to its philosophy that focuses on functionalism and rationalism. The project features a Zagato body that conveys the key attributes of an "instant classic" – rare, fascinating, offering a pure expression of the brand it represents. Interestingly, the 5-95 Zagato still features a number of active and passive safety systems on the Gallardo LP570-4.

Amazingly, the design of the 5-95 Zagato is defined by two "strong" themes. The first element is the volume of the front fender biting the bonnet, thereby integrating the functions of the lights and the secondary air intakes. The second revolves on the rear end starting from the center of the vehicle giving it a thrust.

Up front, the 5-95 Zagato is marked by a floating spoiler – as inspired by the Lamborghini Raptor Zagato – that extends to a carbon fiber firewall concealing the front air intakes. The pillar-less body of the new 5-95 Zagato is surrounded by continuous glass surfaces just like aeronautical cockpits, allowing for lower levels of noise and enhanced aerodynamics.

Just like in the Raptor Zagato, the side intakes of the 5-95 Zagato have been minimized after more intakes were added, as concealed in the glass surfaces, while an air scoop was installed on the roof. As a hallmark of Zagato design, this air scoop was functionally integrated with the double bubble roof to guide cooling air to the intake manifold.

Meanwhile, the tail of the Gallardo LP570-4 was truncated for the 5-95 Zagato – as per Zagato’s signature design -- thereby exposing the mechanical components sticking out from this section like the tail lamps heat release, active spoiler and aerodynamic features.

Interestingly, a Lamborghini has a lot in common with surfaces of the body of a Zagato – both are thin and athletic. These traits allow for a car that is both compact and efficient.

Designers and engineers at Zagato targeted to move the rear towards the engine as well as to increase the proportion of the front end, thereby giving the 5-95 Zagato dynamic volumes laden with fluid and organic surfaces. These volumes intersect each other to suggest a jump, making it seem that the central section of the front is forward of the fender.

Zagato accentuated these proportions by inserting a new wind deflector at the base of the windscreen. This doesn’t just make the bonnet appear longer, but also helped improve the wind flow in the windscreen wiper area. To highlight the perception of the leap, Zagato reduced the rear volume slightly and introduced a "coda tronca" (truncated tail).

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Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato Concept

This project is based on an official collaboration between Automobili Lamborghini and Zagato, with the purpose of creating a real contemporary collectible car.

In 1965 Marquis Gerino Gerini was the promoter of the first Zagato-bodied Lamborghini, the 3500 GTZ, a "fuoriserie" based on the 350 GT mechanics. Nearly 50 years later Albert Spiess, one of the most significant Lamborghini worldwide collectors, gave Zagato the chance to dress the most successful model of all time in the Bull's company history, in order to create a modern collectible car: the Lamborghini 5-95.

Albert Spiess boasts an unprecedented collection including several one-offs and Lamborghini first cars, as well as some Zagato collectibles - instant classics - like Alfa Romeo S.Z. (1990) and R.Z. (1993), Aston Martin V8 Zagato (1985) and V12 Zagato (2012). He commissioned to the Milanese Atelier a modern collectible car on the occasion of the celebration of 95 years of Zagato (1919 - 2014).

The Milanese Atelier transformed the model that revolutionized Lamborghini's history into a contemporary collectible. The Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato is based on the Gallardo LP570-4, the best seller in the first 50 years of Sant'Agata's company (1963-2013).

Zagato maintained all the technical constraints of the original project but has re-interpreted them according to its philosophy oriented towards functionalism and rationalism - typical values of the Milanese school.

The Zagato body expresses the typical key values of an "instant classic": fascinating, rare and a pure expression of the brands it stands for. The 5-95 was created with the only limitation of active and passive safety witch are the value of the donor car.

The Design

Two "strong" themes define the design in its whole: the volume of the front fender that bites the bonnet - integrating the functions of the lights and the secondary air intakes - and the rear end starting from the center of the car that gives it a thrust.

On the front end a floating spoiler takes inspiration from the Lamborghini Raptor Zagato, coming to a firewall in carbon fiber that conceals the front air intakes.

Continuous glass surfaces - a technical and stylistic theme launched by Zagato in the end of the 40s on the Panoramic bodies and re-applied in the 80s - surround the pillar-less body and, similarly to aeronautical cockpits, reduce noise and improve aerodynamics.

The side intakes, following the Lamborghini Raptor, have been visually reduced to the minimum thanks to an air scoop on the roof as well as additional apertures concealed in the glass surfaces. The air scoop is functionally integrated with the double bubble roof, a signature of Zagato design, directing the cooling to the intake manifold.

The monolithic rear volume is chopped off by the typical truncated tail and reveals the brutality of mechanical components protruding from the area such as tail lamps heat release, aerodynamic features and the active spoiler.

There isn't a sole gram of fat in a Lamborghini. It is thin and athletic, having a lot in common with the surfaces of a Zagato body, true to the rule that a car is as much efficient as it is compact.

Zagato designers and engineers aimed to press the rear towards the engine and to increase the proportion of the front. As a result, the 5-95 Zagato's volumes express a sense of energy through fluid and organic surfaces that recall an animal's muscles as it is ready to leap forward.

The volumes intersect each other and suggest a jump, as if the central part of the front is ahead of the fender. To accentuate these proportions some solutions were introduced: in fact a new wind deflector was inserted at the base of the windscreen in order to increase the perceived length of the bonnet - this has a very precise aeronautical function because it improves the wind flow in the windscreen wiper area. In the same way, the rear volume has been slightly reduced introducing a "coda tronca" (truncated tail) to emphasize the perception of the leap.

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