Italdesign, the Italian design house known better for drawing up bodies for other automakers’ cars, is using next month’s Geneva auto show as the springboard for a new ultra-low-volume vehicle brand being spearheaded by the carbon-fibre-bodied car you see here.
The apparently unnamed car will be the first to bear the Italdesign Automobili Speciali badge; just five examples will be built in 2017, ensuring a quick ascendancy to collectible status.
Indeed, in its press release, Italdesign as much as signals that this car is a foray into the “deluxe car collectors’ market,” so while this be-spoilered sports coupe boasts race car features in a street-legal package, don’t expect to see these five spending much time out of their future owners’ garages.
Italdesign doesn’t specify what this car started out as, but educated speculation says it’s a Lamborghini Huracan underneath: Lambo owns Italdesign, so we hardly think it makes much sense for the design company to be draping such exotic bodywork over anyone elses’ chassis.
This limited edition model is longer, wider and taller than a Huracan, but it’s no stretch to attribute that extra footprint to the Italdesign bodywork.
Speaking of bodywork, Italdesign says that material that makes up this special car’s clothes is carbon fibre, top to bottom, including the wild rear splitter and spoiler.
Power comes from a 5.2-litre V10 engine (the first giveaway of this car’s Huracan starting point) that has the guts to give a 3.2-second sprint from zero to 100 km/h, and a top speed “in excess of 330 km/h.” And if we’re right about the Huracan origins, the engine’s 602 hp gets put to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Italdesign said it wasn’t concerned with making this car beautiful – and it shows – but rather had aerodynamics as its goal, which the company says is the reason behind the weird tail. This is not “design for design’s sake,” says Italdesign.
The five buyers lucky enough to get their hands on one of these US $1.6 million machines will be able to customize them to whatever degree they wish through a variety of finish and performance packages.