Lamborghini-Zagato design aims for instant collectibility

Last updated 10:29 05/06/2014

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Lamborghini and and European coachbuilders Zagato have joined forces again to produce what they hope will be the modern collectible car.

The recently-unveiled "5-95" is based on the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 and has been constructed to mark Zagato's 95th anniversary.

Lamborghini and Zagato first hooked up in 1965 to create the 3500 GTZ. There have been several other Zagato-Lamborghini iterations since but the latest, "5-95" has been created for collector Albert Spiess.

Spiess boasts an stunning collection including several one-offs and Lamborghini first cars, as well as some Zagato collectibles like Alfa Romeo SZ (1990) and RZ (1993), Aston Martin V8 Zagato (1985) and V12 Zagato (2012).

Spiess commissioned the Milanese Atelier to build a modern collectible and the 5-95 was officially unveiled at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este at Lake Como in Switzerland.

Andrew Zagato said the Gallardo was chosen because it was the most "sensational project in Lamborghini's history".

The design features the continuous glass surface first introduced by Zagato in the late 1940s. That surface surrounds the pillar-less body in a way similar to aeronautical cockpits with a view to reducing noise and improving aerodynamics.

The side intakes have been visually reduced thanks to an air scoop on the roof as well as additional apertures concealed in the glass surfaces. The air scoop is integrated with the double bubble roof, a signature of Zagato design, directing the cooling to the intake manifold.

Zagato claims the design aims to express a sense of energy "through fluid and organic surfaces that recall an animal's muscles as it is ready to leap forward".

To accentuate these proportions a wind deflector was inserted at the base of the windscreen to increase the perceived length of the bonnet. Zagato said this needed to be a precise aeronautical function with it improving the wind flow in the windscreen wiper area.

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