The Lamborghini Countach Hybrid Powerhouse
Lamborghini unveiled their new Countach supercar in August 2021, and as anticipated, it's sporting some extra hybrid power.
The Countach LPI 800-4, referring to Longitudinal Posterior Hybrid, 814cv of maximum combined power and 4 wheel drive transmission, is the limited edition supercar released by the automaker in honour of the 50th anniversary of its original release.
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The Lamborghini Countach is back! It will be powered by an aspirated V12 engine combined with a 48V electric motor, allowing the supercar to keep its well-known growl while also benefiting from electric power. According to Lamborghini, the thermal unit can generate an impressive output of 780cv (which is equivalent to 574kW), and the e-motor provides 34cv. This combination promises a 0–100km/h time of 2.8 seconds, a 0–200km/h time of 8.6 seconds, and a maximum speed of 355km/h.
It's clear that Lamborghini is not pushing the boundaries of technology with their Countach hybrid system; it builds upon the supercapacitor tech previously used in the Sián. With the same weight, Lamborghini asserts that the power is three times higher than a lithium-ion battery.
Lamborghini’s Countach can easily be seen as the father of modern super sports car design with its unique wedge shape and sleek, villainous lines that made it an iconic symbol for those growing up in the 70s and 80s. If you didn’t hang a poster of the car, then certainly someone you knew did. Imagining success often meant having a mansion equipped with a five-car garage housing a Countach.
The Countach pays respects to its ancestor, but it is set on looking ahead, believes Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann. According to his statement, "It upholds the Lamborghini tradition of engaging in innovative design and technology initiatives that honor the core elements of our brand."
The Countach's revamp has retained its shape and original feel, although it is less sharply angled than its predecessor. It features a rounded nose and gentler-looking rear; the absence of a spoiler and the integration of air-scoops into the car's shoulders with Lamborghini’s signature “gills” make for an attractive update.
The Countach LPI 800-4 is constructed of carbon fiber with a dry weight of 1,595kg (3,516lbs), forming a power to weight ratio of 1.95kg/cv. Additional carbon fiber components incorporate the front splitter, front window trim and side-view mirrors, engine bonnet cover intakes, and rocker panels whilst also being present in the interior. Lamborghini have utilised #D-printing technology to introduce a dynamic air vent system and a "photochromatic" roof that can transition between opaque and transparent upon request.
Inside the supercar is an 8.4-inch touchscreen that runs Apple CarPlay compatible software, though it's unlikely this will be a priority when driving through the Italian countryside is what the Lamborghini Countach is really all about. Only 112 lucky drivers get to experience this ride in-person, as Lamborghini has not revealed their price tag. It's probably for the best—I don’t think my blood pressure could take it!
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