The Raton May Be A Glimpse Into The Future Of Race Car Design
Lamborghini has been on a roll of late, introducing a raft of upgraded models that push the limits of what is possible with today’s technologies. They have been less active on the concept car front, offerings like the Terzo Millennio and before that the 50th anniversary-celebrating Egoista being utterly desirable but far too infrequent. A shame really as Lamborghini’s already extreme road cars translate well into fantastical future designs. The Terzo Millennio, in particular, featured the usual unfettered-to-reality thinking that is allowed designers when the concept is more an expression of ideas than a potential production model, but that concept was released way back in 2017.
What we need is another mad concept to fuel the imaginations of the next generation of super and hypercar designers, and with the Lamborghini Raton we have exactly that. Despite its name, the Raton was not in fact created by Lamborghini, rather by car design graduate Davide Pellicciari, and this is his vision of what a Lamborghini race car of the future could look like. Judging by the extreme nature of the design, we guess that it would be far in the future.
But then that is exactly the point of such a concept, and Pelliciari discusses how the Raton would employ advanced active aerodynamics and wheels that could be charged electrostatically or magnetically. This futuristic racing machine would be coated in a texture that could change color, with one practical use being to warn other competitors of impending hazards, either on the track ahead or with the car itself. There are some links to the real-world too, Pellicciari’s renderings indicate that he drew his inspiration from the Aventador LP700-4 and Eurofighter Typhoon, and it can be seen translated into the low-slung almost fighter jet-like stance of the Raton. The Lamborghini Raton may be nothing more than a rendering for now, but many ground-breaking production cars started off that way too.
Images courtesy of Behance