Lamborghini has a new car – And it’s unlike anything they’ve ever done!
The Raging Bull! What a metaphor to have for a philosophy. An idea that stands firm in everything they do. Lamborghini was conceived because Ferucio wanted to show someone (of course am talking about Ferrari) how it’s done. He had designers poached from them and if one was to trace back to the Lamborghini GT 350, the first Lambo, one could clearly see that there was still an essence of Ferrari present somewhere. One car which really rocked my world was the Miura. Talk about elegant curves, gosh such a turn ON!
A day before the Paris Motor Show 2014, Lamborghini has taken the covers off of a peculiar car. Named Asterion LPI 910-4 hypercar concept, it continues the tradition of revealing a lot of information with its nomenclature. LP for longitudinal posterior which basically means it is a mid-engine supercar. 910 points towards the metric horsepower it has. The 4 is a pointer that it’s an all-wheel drive. The name Asterion is borrowed from a mythical minotaur (half bull half man).
NO, I didn’t miss out the “I” in the name. It’s what’s special about this one. It stands for “Ibrido”, it’s the first hybrid car concept from Lamborghini. I thought I hinted about this when I said minotaur, c’mon, keep up!
For all us hypercar geeks let’s drool over some numbers. It does 31 miles on electricity alone. The powertrain is a holy union of the 5.2-liter V10 and seven-speed DSG from the Huracán (good for 610 metric horsepower) to a trio of electric motors (good for another 300). You do the math. A total output up to a claimed 910hp. Amen! The result is a 0-62 time quoted at three seconds flat and a top speed of 199 miles per hour, or up to 78 mph in pure electric mode. Now you say Halleluiah!!
The form of this car is a break from the straight angular lines we all remember from the Gallardo, Aventador and to some extent the Huracán. There is definitely a Miura hiding somewhere within. Also, the designers have avoided the excess of the sesto elemento and gone for a clean rear. I know concept cars look cool anyway, but this is just sheer brilliance. One strip of red line as the rear light. Minimalism at its best! From its hexagonal exhausts to the massive air intakes at the sides, one look and you know you want it!
Should Lamborghini decide to produce this car the Mclaren P1 better watch out. The stats show that it can give the P1 a serious run for its money. It’s also quite pleasing to see that the ideology of the Lambo is no longer limited at showing Ferrari how it should be done. The expansion in vision and execution is apparent. Even though, the car in its totality may not reach the customers (no word from Lamborghini on a production version) it’s quite clear that the powertrain is something they’ve given a serious thought.
Anyways, for now let’s just enjoy the view!