Lamborghini Egoista concept one-seater revealed [more photos added]

 Lamborghini Egoista concept one-seater revealed [more photos added]
Lamborghini Egoista Concept 12.05.2013

To remain a one-off

UPDATE: Additional photos and press release added.

Lamborghini has finished off celebrating its 50th anniversary with a bang by unveiling the Egoista concept.

Designed by Walter de Silva, the one-off gets its moniker from the fact that it's a single-seater, while its styling is inspired by an Apache helicopter. From what we know so far, the supercar benefits from an extremely lightweight construction as Lamborghini heavily used carbon fiber. To shave even more weight, the cockpit canopy can be removed.

Power comes from a V10 5.2-liter engine producing 600 HP (441 kW).

There are no plans to put the Egoista into production.

Source: Lamborghini via Dirk A. Photography (Facebook)
Lamborghini Egoista – Walter De Silva's homage for Lamborghini's 50th anniversary
An emotional moment in Sant’Agata Bolognese yesterday at the culmination of the gala celebrating Lamborghini's 50th anniversary: Walter De Silva's incredible vehicle made its entry in front of a thousand invitees, the Head of Design for the Volkswagen Group's homage to celebrating the House of the Raging Bull's half century. “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,” said an emotional De Silva.
Indeed the Egoista, as the vehicle has been christened, is a car forged from a passion for innovation and alternative solutions, the same passion which has always set the Lamborghini brand apart. “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),” De Silva further explained.
The supercar's debut was equally spectacular, with a cinematic entry announced by a trailer projected onto the nine big screens in the room. The stage was transformed into a landing strip, with a top model in a flight suit guiding the Egoista's arrival with ground crew light paddles, and the roar of the V10 engine shaking the 20-meter-tall tensioned event structure: this is the spectacle the VIP guests were treated to when Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann entered at the wheel of the Egoista, before inviting its creator, Walter De Silva, to join him on stage.

Concept and technology
Powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine supplying it with 600 horsepower, the Lamborghini Egoista is an intentionally extreme and unusual vehicle with absolutely unique characteristics, created by the Volkswagen Group design team – Alessandro Dambrosio responsible for the exterior and Stefan Sielaff for the interior, in particular. De Silva's team chose to create a single-seater, pushing all the characteristics in Lamborghini's make-up meaning pure driving pleasure, performance and style beyond their limits. The cockpit, designed like a tailor-made suit for the driver, is a removable section which, once combined with the rest of the vehicle, creates a perfect technical, mechanical and aerodynamic unit. Inspiration, as per Lamborghini tradition, once again comes from the world of aviation, and in particular the Apache helicopter, where the cockpit can be ejected in an emergency. 
“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,” De Silva explained.“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.”

The design
The exterior is characterized by two fundamental aspects: its architecture, and the materials used. The design is determined by a highly muscular structure, in which empty and solid areas fit together with strength and vigor. The bodywork is dominated, on its sides, by the stylized profile of a bull preparing to charge, its horns lowered. The bull is driving towards the front wheels, conferring a futuristic dynamism and lines which are already, in themselves, highly aggressive. Naturally, this is a homage, a bold stylistic citation which can only be a reworking of the Lamborghini brand icon, the well-known raging bull. The challenge of efficiently inserting the Lamborghini symbol as an integral part of the bodywork was met courageously and artistically. The plan view reveals a trimaran profile, where the central hull forms a unique section with the cockpit, underlined by the carbon-fiber cover on the front hood.
The upper part of the vehicle does not have aerodynamic appendages, but rather flaps integrated in the bodywork profile which act automatically depending on the driving conditions. Two rear flaps activate automatically at high speeds to increase stability, while a series of air intakes on the back of the engine hood provides the cooling air flow to the powerful V10 power plant. While the front of the vehicle has a profile intended to increase downforce, the rear is fully open with the mechanics in view, reducing weight but also with the result of creating a more aggressive look. The Lamborghini Egoista's lights are more like an aircraft's than a road vehicle's. It does not have traditional headlights, rather LED clearance lights which determine its position not just on a single plane such as the road, but rather in three dimensions, as is required in airspace. Two white front lights, two red rear lights, a red flashing light in the upper part of the tail, two orange bull's eyes as side markers, and a further two lights on the roof, red on the left and green on the right, make this four-wheeled UFO unique even in the dark. Finally, hidden behind the front air intakes at the base of the join between the central body and the two side sections, are two powerful xenon headlamps, two eagle's eyes able to scan the darkness for great distances. As it is made from lightweight materials such as aluminum and carbon-fiber, the vehicle has no-walk zones, duly marked like on airliners. The parallels with the world of aeronautics do not end here, however, as the body is made from a special antiradar material, and the glass is anti-glare with an orange gradation. The rims are also made from antiradar material, flat and rough, embellished with carbon-fiber plates to improve their aerodynamics.
The cockpit's interior is extremely rational, its functionality taken to the extreme. There is a racing seat with a four-point seatbelt, each strip a different color, the airbags, and the bare minimum of instruments. The focal point of these is a head-up display, typical of jet fighters. To get out of the vehicle, the driver must remove the steering wheel and rest it on the dashboard, open the dome with an electronic command, stand up in their seat, sit down on a precise point of the left-hand bodywork, then swivel their legs 180 degrees from the inside of the cockpit to the outside of the vehicle. At this point they can set their feet down and stand up. Even in getting out of the vehicle, the Lamborghini Egoista requires a pilot more than a driver, a real top gun.

The philosophy
The Egoista contains, in Walter De Silva's opinion, all the product criteria which are part of Lamborghini's make-up. “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.”
If Lamborghinis are cars for the few, this one goes further. 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.

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How about they stick a v12 hybrid drivetrain call it LaLamborghini, and charge almost 2million for it LOL...
May 13, 2013 8:18 pm
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It's clear I am a Lambo guy, but this fighter jets, F15, F-"whatever" and hexagon mess should STOP!!! Lamborghini is a FIGHTING BULL company, not a fighting jet. This Winkelmann guy is starting to get me angry. And I am truly SCARED now on how the new Gallardo is going to look like.When you celebrate 50th anniversary for such a remarkable company you give a call to one of the MAIN people who shaped this reputation (i.e Marcello Gandini" and beg him to design the special 50th anniversary car. Make 50 of it and that's it...no Veneno crap, not egoista mess....I am starting to hate VW/Audi now too...
May 13, 2013 9:58 am
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Nice origami
May 13, 2013 9:50 am
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lamborghini just can't wait til cars can fly...they're practicing
May 13, 2013 2:58 am
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the new product for Lamborghini's 100th anniversary could be a spaceship
May 13, 2013 12:57 am
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I think lambo wants the Batman movies to still use a lambo as the Batman car but they are to prideful to pay them any money. But I think they inadvertently got themselves in the transformers movie instead.... lol
May 13, 2013 12:40 am
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Technology/ R&D aside, to what type dark magic has the design studio fallen prey?! I thought the Veneno was devastating enough... I love Lamborghini but these recent endeavors are frightening. However, the plan view of this car is spectacular but only that one vantage point. The interior styling is quite appealing and innovative, there are a few successful exterior elements which I suspect will translate well to future models but this concept becomes distasteful.
May 12, 2013 2:55 pm
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I see some Ford GT90 in there
May 12, 2013 2:29 pm
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Me neither...
May 12, 2013 6:37 pm
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I love Lambo's.
May 12, 2013 1:08 pm
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the lovechild of a BAC mono and the Veneno... as a car its rubbish but as a Lambo its perfect
May 12, 2013 10:49 am
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I think this is a design hint of future helicopters. I like it. Cars of the future here right now.
May 12, 2013 8:43 am
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They should have named it Uglyista. EDIT: I think its really the paintjob I don't like... otherwise it looks okay... nearly !
May 12, 2013 7:55 am
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gundam is that you!?
May 12, 2013 7:24 am
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Holy crap, you're right! XD
May 12, 2013 4:16 pm
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and the name of this car also resembles various specific GUNDAM robots :)) ... guess the next lambo will be a transformer
May 12, 2013 6:31 pm
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Anyone old enough for this to conjure up thoughts of Speed Racer's Mach5??? Make it a roadster, dip it white with red motifs and wha la!
May 12, 2013 6:52 am
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Personally, I cannot convince myself that this car is a Lambo...
May 12, 2013 6:44 am
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This might be pointless, but oooooohhhh so awesome! I absolutely love this thing.
May 12, 2013 5:29 am
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Lamborghini need to get their head together. This is pointless and a waste of time. The Gallardo replacement is paramount for them right now with the 458 aging and Porsche making their play. Lamborghini is idling around making pointless ultra exclusive derivatives of the Aventador and Gallardo powered one offs. I understand that the 3 million pound exclusive specials secure some much needed funding for the development of such cars but the anticipation for the next Gallardo is fast out accelerating the level of performance it may be able to offer. Not even a hint of styling direction in these concepts/limited editions either. At least I hope not. They make me vomit in my mouth slightly.
May 12, 2013 5:03 am
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What you will find is that there will likely be engineering hints of the next Gallardo here. A certain type of a carbon fibre weave, certain shapes, transmission, engine components etc...a car like this is designed to attract headlines, but beneath the skin, there is something that can give a hint as to what is coming next...
May 12, 2013 7:47 am
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Good point well made I guess. My initial reaction to this car was a tad extreme. Nonetheless, I can't help but feel disappointed they didn't use the golden opportunity of a big anniversary to reveal the follow up to their most successful model ever. Even a Ferrari style display of a simple chassis and maybe a name drop would have been better than a forgettable concept.
May 12, 2013 8:58 am
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