Among the world's most exclusive automotive brands, Lamborghini ranks near the topwith its flamboyant, expressive styling and high performance. The brand's latest concept, the Egoista, revealed at its 50th Anniversary gala celebration in Sant'Agata Bolognese, takes the idea of exclusivity to a new level. The Italian word for "selfish," the Egoista is for the driver only, with just a single, centrally mounted seat in an aircraft-like cockpit.
The Egoista's exterior styling is inspired by Lamborghini's trademark symbol, a bull, with the car's side profile designed to evoke the silhouette of a bull ready to charge. The upper part of the body does not have any protruding appendages. Engine intake, cooling and aerodynamic aids are accomplished by motorized flaps that open automatically depending on driving conditions. Echoing the aviation theme, the Egoista features LED clearance lights, white front lights, red rear lights, and red and green LED lights on the roof. The Egoista's xenon headlights are hidden in the front air intakes. The final homage to flight comes in "No Walk" zones stenciled on the bodywork.
Heavily inspired by aircraft, the aluminum and carbon-fiber cockpit was reportedly modeled after the Apache helicopter, and like its airborne inspiration, was designed as a removable section. The center-mounted driving position also shows influences from the racing world, with a removable steering wheel, heads-up display and four-point seatbelts. To exit the cockpit, the driver must remove the steering wheel, open the cockpit dome, and turn 90 degrees, stand up, sit on a designated point on the bodywork, and exit the vehicle. To make sure the driving experience is worth the hassle of entering and exiting, the Egoista is powered by a highly-tuned, 600-hp 5.2-liter V-10.
Unlike some of Lamborghini's other recent concepts, which went into (very) limited production afterward, the Egoista is likely to be one of one. The final lines of the release put it succinctly, "The Egoista is pure emotion, Never Never Land, which no one can ever possess, and which will always remain a dream, for everyone."