Lamborghini has introduced a new supercar called Countach, which has a very familiar name, for $ 2.6 million
Presented as a concept car at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show, the original Lamborghini Countach made the Italian automaker world-famous. Presented at an event during Monterey Car Week in California on Friday, the new Countach celebrates its 50th anniversary.
In many ways, the new Countach is a direct continuation of the original. There is a V12 engine behind the two seats. Like every Lamborghini sports car since Countach, it has a low-profile wedge shape.
Still, there is a big difference. This is a new Countach hybrid. This plug-in is not a hybrid, but retains power in a supercapacitor that can provide extra power to the wheels during instant acceleration while driving. At low speeds, it provides power between the gear changes to smooth out the frustrating ripples and bends that can result from Lamborghini’s aggressive race car-style transmission.
The new Lamborghini Countach is a hybrid:
Supercapacitors are more expensive than batteries and are not as good at storing energy for long periods of time. However, they can store more energy per cubic centimeter than batteries and absorb and release energy more quickly.
In total, the new all-wheel drive Countach can produce an additional 802 horsepower, of which 769 comes from a gasoline engine and 33 horsepower from an electric motor mounted next to the gearbox. The supercapacitor hybrid system is similar to the other limited number of Lamborghini Sián models that Lamborghini will present at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. At Countach, Lamborghini technical director Maurizio Reggiani said the car had been slightly reprogrammed to give it a different driving character.
Only 112 cars will be produced. The number is a reference to the interior design name for Lamborghini’s original Countach LP-112. The first cars will be delivered to customers in the first quarter of 2022.
Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said he was not a big fan of retro cars. Although I was thinking about the original Countachi of the 1970s and 1980s, he didn’t want this car to look like a copy.
Lamborghini designer Mitja Borkert says Lamborghini designers have skillfully combined visual cues from different versions of the old Countach. The overall shape is taken from the first concept version of Countach, which has a very smooth profile. For this reason, the rear wing is not visible. (The car has a wing because it requires power and performance, but can be retracted when not needed.)
The radiant rear indentation on the roof was modeled after the Periscopio notch on the roof of the first production Countach cars. Instead of a rear-view mirror mounted on a typical windshield, these old Countaches were equipped with a kind of periscope that allowed the driver to see the back of the car from the roof. The roof hole mimics the periscope’s view. The new Countach has a glass ceiling inside that can be turned off when the sun is too bright.
Unlike other modern Lamborghinis, the new Countach also has rectangular headlights designed to mimic the original. As with other new Lamborghini supercars, the front doesn’t have a tooth-like lightweight design. The narrow grille with “Countach” written on the front is also based on the original concept version.
Countach was one of several Lamborghini models named after a fighting bull. “Fire!” in fact, a small swear word in the Piedmont dialect spoken in the Italian region where the car was designed decades ago. In an interview with CNN Business in 2019 by designer Marcello Gandini, the artists continued to curse in amazement at what they were helping to create, especially a large and angry man, while designing a full-size model of the car. “Fire!” he would say over and over again. The name is stuck.
With an aggressive design, scissor doors and a powerful engine mounted behind two seats, the Lamborghini became a model for future Lamborghini and supercars from other manufacturers. Only 112 of these new Lamborghini Countaches are under construction, and according to Lamborghini, they all seem to be sold.
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