One of the major highlights at gala celebrating Lamborghini's 50th anniversary in Sant’Agata Bolognese in Italy was the entrance of the Head of Design for the Volkswagen Group and his awesome vehicle – a Lamborghini Egoista. Walter De Silva, an Italian himself, remarked that he is very attached to the Italian brand, and the Lamborghini Egoista is a way for him to pay homage to celebrate the House of the Raging Bull's half century.
He said the Egoista is designed to underline the fact that Lamborghinis have always been “made with passion, and with the heart more than the head." The Lamborghini Egoista is powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine that provides up to 600 horsepower.
It is an intentionally extreme and unusual vehicle created by De Silva’s Volkswagen Group design team, with Alessandro Dambrosio designing the exterior and Stefan Sielaff responsible for the interior. De Silva's team opted to create a single-seater Lamborghini, bearing all attributes that point to pure driving pleasure, performance and style beyond limits.
For instance, the removable cockpit of the Lamborghini Egoista is designed like a tailor-made suit for the driver. As per Lamborghini tradition, the design of the Lamborghini Egoista is inspired by something from the world of aviation, particularly the Apache helicopter, in which the cockpit can be ejected in an emergency.
The exterior of the Egoista is distinguished by two major aspects -- its architecture and the materials used. The design is governed by a highly muscular structure, wherein empty and solid areas fit together with strength and vigor. The bodywork is highlighted on its sides by stylized profile of a bull preparing to charge, its horns lowered. The bull is driving towards the front wheels, bestowing the Egoista a futuristic dynamism and lines. This bold yet stylistic profile is homage to the Lamborghini brand icon, the well-known raging bull.
A fanatical vehicle is how Walter De Silva described the Lamborghini Egoista. Looking closely at the Egoista will reveal why De Silva’s description may just be on point.
Getting inside the Egoista is like being behind the controls of a jet fighter, what with the Egoista’s head-up display and racing seat that fits the driver and no one else. The driver, therefore, will need to detach the steering wheel and move it to the dashboard to allow for room to get off the car. The dome opens on command electronically and it takes certain precise angles to position one’s legs in order to disembark from the Egoista.
The engine is situated at the back while the interior resembles a jet fighter cockpit. But it was designed with a rational functionality that fits its design and purpose. And that purpose is to make a sports car that is a marvel of resplendence, a car that seems to be a mere figment of one’s winged imagination, a car so indulgent that it seems meant for only the few and the bold. That, in a nutshell, is what the Lamborghini Egoista is all about.