This 5.2-litre V10, 600 horsepower single-seat concept car — which aesthetically has more in common with a fighter jet than with a vehicle designed for travelling along the ground — was built to commemorate Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary. Built almost entirely from carbon fibre and aluminium, the Egoista has a sliding overhead canopy, rather than something as old-fashioned as doors, while instrumentation is replaced by a head-up display, projected onto the curved windshield to ensure the driver never takes his or her eyes off the road. Thus the Egoista is thus rather aptly named.
The car’s exterior profile was developed to mimic that of a charging bull, shoulders arched, head down and horns pointing outwards, while aerodynamic systems have been integrated into the car’s construction and are deployed when needed — flaps and vents raise and lower based on engine temperature, downforce required or velocity so that the car is always the optimum shape to cut through the air, whatever the speed or prevailing conditions.
The unveiling of the Egoista is the latest high-profile event organised to mark the first 50 years of the Italian supercar brand. Since being bought by Volkswagen in 1998, the company, founded by tractor-maker Ferruccio Lamborghini following a feud with Enzo Ferrari, has experienced one of the best periods in its often chequered history in terms of design, sales and demand.