Concept cars can be cruel beast. Sometimes they speed into your life dazzling and overwhelming your automotive senses with their innovative designs and futuristic technologies. Often they’re like nothing you have ever seen before. And as they’re speeding off into the sunset you can’t help but wish they were destined for production – or at least real. Alas, the Lamborghini Ferruccio is neither.
Well, that’s not exactly true. While the Ferruccio may look more at home in a Michael Bay Transformers flick than in a garage, (preferably ours) it is real – at least in the virtual world.
Created by Mark Hostler, a transport design student — and a talented one to boot – at Staffordshire University, the Ferruccio was developed as part of the budding design student’s coursework. The class was tasked with developing an anniversary edition of a car of their choice and with the raging bull turning 50 next year, the choice was easy.
Like most beautifully conceived designs Hostler’s Lamborghini Ferruccio is decidedly unique while harkening back to its source for inspiration. And since the car was designed to honor Lamborghini’s 50th, we definitely see many of the marquee models that have proudly bore the raging bull over the years.
The most eye catching part of the Ferruccio is its front end. The spiked design is the epitome of aggression, while the impaling points and sharp edges highlight the Ferruccio’s ferocity. According to Hostler, the rounded shapes found on the front of the front and rear wings were inspired by the sleek and curving lines of the Muira. And while we’re not so sure, we definitely see the Countach as a source of inspiration because of the Ferruccio’s wide tail-end.
Of course for all the extreme aerodynamic styling the Ferruccio is packing it doesn’t surprise us that the car, at times, resembles more a jet than a car. In fact the more we look at it, the more we expect the Ferrucio to take to the skies just as easily as the road, which we find fitting considering Lamborghini’s current design language aims to resemble a “stealth fighter,” inviting comparisons to two other Lamborghinis: the Aventador and Reventon.
Since Lamborghinis are just as much about engineering as they are style, what would a flagship bull be without one of the Italian automaker’s trademark V12s? Thankfully, Hostler has stood true to that history by incorporating one into his design. And while we’re certainly not his professors, we wholeheartedly award him an A+.
Photo and design credit: Mark Hostler via Tuvie