With Lamborghini turning 50 next year, what better way than to celebrate that milestone than with a new design concept that examines the Italian automaker’s past as well as setting sights for its future. Taking cues from the famed V12s of past, the Ferruccio concept takes extreme styling to new heights, and well its also breathtakingly cool.
Created by Mark Hostler of Staffordshire University in England, the concept, filled with violent and sharp points and dramatic lines was styled to directly compete against Lamborghini’s Italian rival’s legendary Ferrari Enzo. Created as a part of his school work, Hostler along with his other classmates were given the task to develop anniversary car editions of the brand of their choice. Naturally, Hostler who is a transportation design student designed the Ferruccio concept as an unrestrained vision of what the Italian brand with the raging bull’s future cars might look like.
Taking cues from Lamborghini’s headline V12 cars produced over the years, the Ferruccio concept has a steeply raked front screen and hood that was inspired by the Lamborghini Countach, as well as carrying the car’s famous wide rear-end. The Sharp nose and aggressively styled air intakes throughout the body and roof have that multifaceted “stealth fighter” aesthetic that is reminiscent of current Lamborghini Aventador as well as Reventon. But Hostler also says that the vehicle carries the sleek and curving lines of the Miura. The end product carries aerodynamic and aggressive lines, making the car like something out of a movie, much like what the famous batmobile would look like or even a jet fighter.
Though the Ferruccio concept is a supercar, it also takes into account environmental concerns versus performance. The trademark of Lamborghini’s flagship supercars has always been that massive V12, but due to the current climate of environmentalism, automakers are now using smaller, turbocharged engines to meet emissions regulations without compromising on performance. Anticipating that change Hostler devised a engine which would allow the car to still keep its V12 status but also conform to the rules by having a small 5.0 liter unit, boosted by two turbocharger. Also, direct injection and a computer-controlled camless valve system would help boost the car’s mpg. Hostler’s idea is that the Ferruccio’s engine maintaining Lamborghini’s power philosophies while being environmentally and economically conscious.
Talking of his creation, Hostler adds, “The Ferruccio is a car designed to showcase both the past and future of Lamborghini, showing how new design and technologies blend seamlessly with the company’s rich heritage and history”. The result is a vehicle that still has that Lamborghini feel but is powered by a cleaner more efficient engine, what’s not to love?