Motor Sport

by wjw on May 14, 2013

This is the new Lamborghini.  It’s called the Egoista, which means just about what you think it does.  it’s got a 5.2 liter V10, lots of carbon fiber, and room for only one person.   (I’m guessing, from the appearance of the vehicle, that it’s intended for the Dark Lord himself.)

The driver compartment is detachable.  Like an ejection seat.  Just in case, y’know, you need to leave the vehicle for some reason, like maybe James Bond has got a bead on you with his rocket launcher.

I’d really like one.  Just so I could get all egoista on y’all’s asses.  Don’t ask me for a ride, because there’s nowhere to put a passenger!  Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha! Dark Lords only on this trip!  Prepare the missile pods!

Elsewhere in the world of motoring, Rolls Royce is sponsoring the Bloodhound Project’s attempt to break the land speed record by going 1000 miles per hour— with, of course, a Rolls Royce Eurojet EJ2000 jet engine (plus a pack of solid-fuel rockets).  Bloodhound’s design will be supervised by engineer Richard Noble, and the car will be driven by RAF Commander Andy Green.  (The two of them already hold the land-speed record, having built and driven the world’s first supersonic land vehicle.)

It has to be said that I feel no urge to drive a Bloodhound myself.  Solid-fuel rockets just have this sense of finality to them.  You can’t shut them off.

Plus, I’m not too sure about the design.  It looks as if the jet will inevitably suck the driver’s head into the intake.

Still.  Who says there’s no more adventure in the world?

Dave Bishop May 14, 2013 at 9:51 am

I always think, when I see Egoista type cars, what would you do with it – except drive it around a track? If you don’t have a track, such a device is, effectively, useless!

You couldn’t really, for example, use it to nip to the supermarket to buy groceries (nowhere to put the groceries for a start) and parking would be almost infinitely more difficult than with a normal car.

So after the initial thrill of owning such a thing has worn off, what’s the point?

wjw May 15, 2013 at 4:36 am

I would totally take this car to the grocery store. And I’d love to watch the expressions when I tool up to the Wal-Mart.

I mean, “Egoista,” dude. It’s all about me! And I’d strap my purchases to the outside if I had to.

So far as I can tell, it’s the closest thing to flying an Apache helicopter without actually leaving the ground.

Michael Grosberg May 15, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Wow, that looks almost like a wheeled f-35, with a bit of F-117 thrown in for good measure. If I’m not mistaken they said an earlier model, the Reventon, was influenced by the F-22.

Ralf The Dog. May 15, 2013 at 9:13 pm

The problem with driving a car like this is, you can’t reach the drive thru window. The primary function of one of these cars is, picking up chicks. That said, no passenger seat.

I bet, the stupid thing has clutchless sequential shift. I hate cluchless sequential shift.

John Appel May 16, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Just make sure to have enough funds (and a qualified mechanic & shop) to keep it running. I used to see a major league baseball player regularly in the off-season, who traded in his Ferrari for a Mercedes because, in his words, he was “tired of paying a mechanic six grand every time he took it out on Pennsylvania’s shitty roads”.

Shash May 19, 2013 at 10:39 pm

I’ve never cared for Lambo’s jewel-faceted faces. Speaking of which, do you see the egotistical cartoon face in the windscreen of the car? I love how appropriate it looks.

As for the landspeed-record rocket, it looks awfully unstable to me. Still though, the experimental Nissan Deltawing was pretty unstable when it first met the racetrack but they dialed it in quickly and last weekend it made the podium at Laguna Seca.

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