Every so often you see a car that just makes you say ‘wow’. A car so different from others that it sets itself apart. Lamborghini can surely be considered one of the masters at this. I remember seeing the Lamborghini Countach during the 1980s, which to me looked like some kind of space ship! This is something that Lamborghini is just very good at.
The Egoista had a similar effect on me when I first saw it. You look at it and start to daydream about rolling into a drive-in McDonalds with it whilst everyone looking on has their jaws around their ankles. However, even if you win the lottery, this can only ever be a daydream…
Does the Lamborghini Egoista exist? Yes, the Lamborghini Egoista does exist however it was only ever a concept car and there is only one in existence. Unlike the Reveno, which was produced around the same time (but in extremely limited numbers) the Egoista never went into production…and never will.
What Is The Lamborghini Egoista?
The Lamborghini Egoista is a non-production car produced by Lamborghini to celebrate their 50th anniversary. It is a concept car but the difference between the Egoista and many other concept cars is that this one actually works!
The Egoista was developed around the highly successful Lamborghini Gallardo and therefore shares the same, reliable (but powerful) 5.2 litre V10 engine, tuned to around 550-600 hp.
The word ‘Egoista’ in Italian (and in many other European languages) translates directly to ‘Selfish’. I guess this could be interpreted as being non-compromising and being built purely because it can not because it needed to be.
The Egoista was designed by the Italian car designer Walter de Silva, who used to be the head of VW Design (indeed, this was his role during the Egoista project). These days he is the CEO of Walter De Silva Shoes – somewhere you’ll find top-end, bespoke shoes – possibly for the same market as those who can afford Lambos 🙂
The Egoista, as you can see, has a very unique design. In fact, from the side view it was allegedly made to look like a bull, primed and ready to charge. Its cockpit is as unique as its exterior and is a one-seater. It has often been described as looking more like a fighter jet than a car! You might not be surprised, therefore, to discover that the material used in its construction is the same used in the stealth technology designed to deceive radar.
The canopy, which opens electronically and dare I say it, magnificently, can be completely removed if so desired. Inside, you will find a removable steering wheel, to aid entry (it obviously doesn’t have any doors) and the dashboard resembles something out of a fighter jet also. There are no side-mirrors, just cameras and you’ll notice a red and green light just behind the canopy, also a feature found on jets.
A lot of thought has gone into the design and it is most definitely not just for show. No typical concept car, for instance, would have active aerodynamics – well, this thing does. When required, these panels will automatically rise or fall, depending on the current environment.
How Much Does The Lamborghini Egoista Cost?
The Lamborghini Egoista was not put into production by Lamborghini, even in a limited run. So, arguably it is priceless as it can not be purchased! But how much would it cost if there was a limited run of them? Well, it’s purely speculation but if we consider the Lamborghini Reventon, of which there were 21 produced – this would cost you around $1.5m back in 2009.
Then, there’s the Lamborghini Veneno, that was produced about the same time as the Egoista. There were 14 of these produced and are valued around $4.5m to $5m.
Therefore, the Egoista, assuming the same number were produced would most likely be priced around the $4m-$5m mark, or more, assuming the same amount was made. It does make you wonder though why a limited run wasn’t produced as there is always a market (albeit small) for these types of cars. You can only speculate that the design was too labor-intensive or the materials too expensive for it to be a viable option.
Will The Lamborghini Egoista Ever Be Put Into Production?
No, you will never see the Lamborghini Egoista put into production. If this was going to be the case then we would have heard about it years ago. Unfortunately, there is only one Lamborghini Egoista in existence (find out where below).
However, what often happens with concept cars though is the technology first realized during the design of these is then seen in future production cars a few years in the future. So who knows, maybe we’ll see a one-seater limited production Lamborghini with a cockpit in the next few years.
Where Can I See an Egoista?
The only place you can see the Lamborghini Egoista in person is at the Museo Lamborghini, located at their home, in Saint’Agata Bolognese, in Italy.
Occasionally, you will see these concept cars at events but this doesn’t seem to be the case for the Egoista. Therefore, if you want to go and see one in person, you might have an expensive flight ticket to buy!
Anyway, if you can’t quite afford that plane ticket right now, take a look at the below video of the Egoista at the Lamborghini museum in Italy:
Incidentally, if you’re wondering which Lamborghini has the best sound – check this out!