May 1st, 2013 | By love not hate
Recently, the one-off Lamborghini Veneno sold out within a short time of it’s launch coinciding with the company’s 50th anniversary and became one of the world’s most expensive cars at $3.9 million. And now another one-off Lamborghini goes up for sale. This time around, the 1998 Lamborghini Pregunta concept car is going up for sale, with a price tag of $2.1 million. The one-off car from the Lamborghini was created by Carrosserie Heuliez-Torino, which is known to be a specialist in creating exotic editions of luxury car brands. The Pregunta was created out of the Diablo V-12 model in 1998, just a month before Lamborghini was sold to Audi VW that year. However, that did nothing to dent this special car’s reputation, and in the following months became a major highlight during the Salon de Paris 1998 and Geneva Motor Show 1999. Hence, the car collectors can now get into action quickly so that they grab this one-off marvel, before someone else gets to keep it in their collection.
The year 1998 was a highly tumulus year for Lamborghini, has it was undergoing a phase for change of ownership, which ultimately stopped at Audi VW. Now before this sale happened in July 1998, a month before, the team at Lamborghini and the Italian division of the French car modifier Carrosserie Heuliez-Torino come into a contract agreement, whereby the later entity would receive a Diablo V-12 car meant to be crafted into something unique in design, and a standout against any competitor in the crowd. Hopefully it turned successful and manifested itself in the Pregunta, now going up for sale. The one-off model was bought over by Autodrome, another French firm who will be supervising the sale.
Under the hood, there is a V-12 530HP engine, which took the top speed of the vehicle to 333 kmph, and took barely 20 seconds to clock 100 kmph from a standstill position. Unlike the all-wheel drive in the Diablo, the Pregunta was give a rare-wheel drive train to show its prowess on the road. Other changes include the new positioning of the radiators towards the front end, and the ‘closed-convertible’ theme of the half-roofs on top the of the car.
The source of inspiration of the car, has been the Dassault Rafale fighter jet, and a lot of it’s designed has been used in the car. The external stealth paintwork is the same as the aircraft, apart from the redesigned air intake system, fully electronic F1 type Marelli instruments, Schrott safety belt harness, fiber optic lighting system, rear view camera, CDI, Cristine GPS system, and the combat aircraft cockpit design.
What strikes the automobile design geek the most about this one-off piece from Lamborghini, is the aggressive shaping of the rear end of the vehicle. The engine lid is a occupies a vast space, but doesn’t poke out due to the aerodynamic shaping of the lid. Since this vehicle was trusted to be a beast on the road, or rather a ‘Hyper Lamborghini’, the curves seen here are totally suited for gliding on the road, instead of just driving. The holes or perforations as it seems, include the rear lighting, and the exhaust pipe to throw out the waste gases from the powerful engine. After all the aim seemed to be ‘questioning’ (‘Pregunta’ meaning ‘questioning’ in Spanish) the norms of what Lamborghini designed till now.
For those of you who have taken an interest in special editions such as these from the top brass of luxury cars, you could definitely find the likes of 1957 Ferrari 250TR Prototype, the 1964 Pontiac XP833, and the Ferrari Enzo Spyder prototype, which highlights the legacy of special editions from these brands. Designs like these a perfect tickle to the desire of owning these pieces of automobile history, and for some, might even create a passageway into the brain of the designers who created them.
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