There aren’t many road-prepped single-seat cars out there. Unless you’re talking about the BAC Mono or the Caparo T1, the pickings are going to be pretty slim. Most performance-oriented single-seat road cars, like the Vanwall VPR-12, have been designed to inspire association with one thing: an open-wheel GP car.
But Lamborghini’s first, unveiled just last weekend, wasn’t.
They chose, instead, an attack helicopter. It’s ironic, too, because most attack helicopters use tandem seating, but Lamborghini, to quote Ken Block, “ain’t care.” Their newest concept, the Egoista, isn’t named after a bull, like every one of their cars since the Miura, but after the Italian word for “Selfish.” Try pushing that through Ford or Chrysler’s PR department. “Yes, Mr. Mulally, it’s called the Selfish. It only has one seat, no trunk, and a very slim radar signature.”
But we love Lamborghini, because they don’t give three flying craps about what anybody thinks. They have one purpose: to shock you with automobiles. And the Egoista does so with ease. Under the hood in the middle is the 5.2 liter V10 from the Gallardo. They didn’t release power figures, but in that venerable car, the V10 produces 570 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque.
The most shocking aspect, however, is the look. With the cockpit squarely in the middle, and the slice-and-dice trident front fascia, it doesn’t look at all unlike a very expensive weapon. Unfortunately, we don’t know just how expensive it will be, or whether it’s a concept or a one-off.
In keeping with the attack aircraft theme, the Egoista has abandoned the silly idea of doors for a more sensible lifting canopy. It’s simpler, looks cooler, and likely offers a huge rigidity improvement. Can we talk more automakers into this idea? You’ll never break a door handle off again.
We might take the angle that this is Lamborghini’s triumphant return to the madness that had defined them until their sale to Audi. After all, thought the Mercielago, Gallardo, and Aventador are all breathtaking cars, they’re all rather accessible, a bit mainstream as supercars go. But the Veneno already grated that misconception to shreds with its weaponized bumper. So we’ll just take the Egoista as an assurance that the crazy isn’t going anywhere.
There’s a good chance you won’t like this car. It’s arrogant, ridiculous, and tacky. But bring those concerns to Lamborghini, and they’ll likely start laughing at you, and then they’ll give you a wedgie on national television and laugh at you some more, because as we mentioned above, they don’t give three flying craps. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I love this absurd machine. But I also loved the Speed Racer movie because I’m the type who can enjoy something without taking it too seriously. What do you think of the Veneno? Given unlimited resources, would you drive one around town?