Soon Lamborghini will have its first electric that after the arrival of Urus, the super SUV from Sant’Agata Bolognese will represent another great challenge for the del Toro brand. The past of the Italian brand, however, is dotted with jewels, including the Lamborghini Countach which turns 50 this year: it was 1971 when the first concept fruit of Marcello Gandini’s creativity was presented at the Geneva Motor Show. A model that laid the foundations for a success that lasted from 1974 to 1990. ARC design wants to pay his personal tribute to the progenitor of the family, who presented his Lamborghini digital concept car. Countach 50 Tribute.
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The design of the virtual prototype of ARC aims to maintain the clean lines and surfaces of the original, accompanying its stylistic evolution through active aerodynamics, with side vents hidden behind the windows that open only when necessary and the active rear wing that unfolds only at higher speeds. Based on the characteristics of the Aventador, the Countach 50 Omaggio inherits the carbon fiber monocoque and its central V12 engine, with larger dimensions than the model that inspired it, elements clearly visible in the front and in the rims that have a larger diameter than the 1971 Countach.
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Also on the front, additional pop-up units are no longer needed with the optical signature that now has laser technology. The air intakes are perfectly integrated into the bumper while the flat hood has a trapezoidal shape like many Lamborghini models that arrived on the road in the years following the creation of Marcello Gandini. At the rear, on the other hand, the luminous signature is characterized by a very thin LED texture that crosses aerodynamic solutions with geometric shapes that convey the air flows coming from the engine outwards. The engine hood is made of glass with integrated brake lights that disappear when not in use, while a large tailpipe is positioned on the diffuser. The close ties to the Aventador are much more evident in the cockpit, with ARC adding a large tilted touchscreen to the center console to differentiate the concept from the sporty V12. Goodbye also to physical rear-view mirrors, with digital screens that project images from the outside in integrated solutions in the doors and a new central tunnel. Overall, therefore, a virtual prototype that pays the right homage to the legendary Countach, even if it will never see the light.