'I was drawing the silhouette of the Lamborghini while sketching with my son when he was two, and he said, 'Papa, Lamborghini'.'
There’s no mistaking a Lamborghini for anything else – and it’s been that way since Ferruccio Lamborghini formed his sports car company in 1963 in the tiny rural town of Sant’ Agata Bolognese.
The 350GT was the first model to roll out of the factory in 1964 (only 131 were ever built), but it was the drop-dead gorgeous Miura that took the motoring world by storm and single-handedly created the supercar segment, well ahead of arch-rival Ferrari.
While the Miura stands alone as an automotive design masterpiece, it was the outrageously-styled Countach by Marcello Gandini in 1974 which today serves as the basis for all new Lamborghini creations. Yes, even its first-ever SUV, the Urus.
There’s a profile line known as the ‘Gandini Line’ at the core of all Lamborghini designs. Even the Urus. It’s a line rigidly adhered to by the brand’s current head of design, Mitja Borkert – the creator of the fabulous new Huracan Evo, as well as the Urus and Super Trofeo Evo.
Speaking with CarAdvice at the recent Huracan Evo launch at the Bahrain F1 circuit, Borkert says Lamborghini continue to break new ground when it comes to design, and we should ‘expect the unexpected’.
“In general, I want to follow our design DNA, which to be honest is a relatively simple recipe because everything is related to the Countach and the Gandini Line. In fact, I have a great story to tell you," he mused.
"I was drawing the silhouette of the Lamborghini while sketching with my son when he was two, and he said, 'Papa, Lamborghini'."
“In fact, I’ll go further and say you describe the entire brand from this profile line. There’s almost no other brand out there where you can name the brand from a single profile line," Borkert went on.
This is the basic idea that underpins everything, including show cars like the Terzo Millenio.
“This was a concept car we designed as a visionary approach and revealed in 2017 at MIT in Boston, with whom we are developing new materials and new technologies such as energy storage," Borkert explained.
“For example, the carbon-fibre we used on this vehicle is a next-generation because inside the skin are nanotubes which can house a type of liquid that can effectively self-heal if damaged. The other idea is that these nanotubes could also act as energy storage cells even.”
We asked Borkert if an all-electric car could become the wildest Lamborghini ever, something not unlike the space-ship styled Terzo Millennio.
“For sure this is an exciting concept because no one knows what the automotive landscape will be like in five years let alone 10,
"No one even knows what will be the winning technology that will emerge as the mainstream form of propulsion.
“Previously having worked for Porsche on the Mission E, I’m excited to be able to show the possibility of an electric Lamborghini but at the same time I’m also a car guy and getting goose bumps listening to that V10 engine here in Bahrain.
“But, I also strongly believe that a Lamborghini with an electric motor can be thrillingly fast and that has a sound that will also cause goose bumps. But we need time to understand the technologies that are truly on offer before moving further forward with that,” he concluded.
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