This Lamborghini Minotauro can really catch your eye in all the right ways. Designed as part of a student portfolio by Andrei Avarvarii of Spain, this is not merely a Photochop like many of the renderings seen online.
Avarvarii designed out the electric EV prototype five phases, with detailed planning for the interior and exterior volumes, with a level of mechanical engineering thoroughness built in as well. The prototype is was set to explore a softer, rounder Lamborghini for the 2020 model year.
In-wheel motor/generators allow an unusual amount of freedom in the proportions of the Minotauro,and the car has an unusual 2+1 seating arrangement with a third chair mounted between and rear-ward from the normal two. Think of it like a reverse of the McLaren F1 layout.
As you will see in the 50 design renders below, there are definitely more successful angles than others.
But overall, we are very proud to present Avarvarii’s ideas here in a Design Talent Showcase article.
This is by far the hardest angle to get right, and one where the Minotauro evolved dramatically from the Phase One studies to the final Phase Fives.
Here, the success in the design is largely elusive for many stylists. We have a wonderful intersection of a flat and characteristically-Lamborghini hood shape, combined with a flowing hood edge and a trapezoidal crest that is a waterfall effect into the vertical nose of the car. It is fresh and unique, and hides slim-line lighting elements under those hood edges. When off, this gives the appearance of no lights at all, and is very appealing.
The drilled element of the grille and hidden lighting also allows for modest cooling of the EV components, while streaminling the car at high speed – these holes limit the total air amount that can enter the car. This also limits any front-end lift.
FRONT THREE-QUARTER ANGLE:
Here we see more fantastic ideas that are hard to synchronize in a single design. The floating wheelhouses are a contrast carbon color, emphasizing the minimalist form of the Minotauro’s tiny nose overhang and cab-forward style.
There is a wonderfully clean sheet of surface flowing diagonally downward to frame the front grille and limit the surface area of the front-end. Functional and elegant.
Here is where the Minotauro design starts to seem rushed. It is a very short machine and the scale of the design is hard to understand with such a short wheelbase. Massively rounded forms of the intake and rear fenders seem overwrought, and risk seeming shapeless or toylike.
REAR THREE-QUARTER ANGLE:
This is our second-least-favorite angle of the car, but again made huge gains between phases One and Five of the design process.
Shrounded and tire-shaped wheel-wells form a floating portion of the design as in the front, with a large rounded spoiler tail floating above freely. There is a go-kart-like lightness in this layout, but the overall effect of the design would benefit from more sheer surfaces and flat panel accents to make it pop like the front fenders.
Here we find more great ideas. The tail is clean and incorporates almost zero overhang into its form. Simple LED lighting elements form the brake lighting as it comes from within the body panels. A subtle and rounded spoiler is integrated into the flow of the tail – while there are some Lamboghini-style angular elements in the lower bumper. It looks very nice, if a bit too generic for a Lamorghini supercar.
As you can see for yourself, there are some very cool and fresh ideas for an updated and rounded Lamborghini design aesthetic in the 2010 Minotauro study.
Andrei Avarvarii is developing rapidly as a design talent, and is likely to bring his influence on future generations of supercars from many brands.
These days, he is published almost weekly in huge car magazine titles all over Europe – his predictions on future models are some of the most accomplished in the business. Check out Avarvarii’s social contacts below, plus his design brief for the Minotauro project!
Portfolio and Work
2020 Lamborghini Minotauro by Andrei Avarvarii
EXPLORING SOFT SHAPES FOR AN ELECTRIC LAMBORGHINI
Aesthetic goal: Explore soft shapes for a new Lamborghini design language
The hard edge, faceted design seems to have peaked with the Lamborghini Reventon. To imagine a continuation in this origami style while keeping the purity specific to the Italian brand is almost impossible. Could a Sant’Agata pure-bred keep its identity while displaying soft, voluptuous shapes? This was the main question searching for an answer in this design experiment.
Technical goal: Redefine the Lamborghini supercar as an electric vehicle
Can we accept a supercar without a big V12 roaring in the back? Is the electrification of the cars killing all the fun or is it opening new possibilities for the motoring aficionado? How can we turn a “buzzing” gearless power train into a future automotive icon?
Functional goal: Integrate the new vehicle in the reality of the year 2020
Lamborghinis were never simple means of transportation; what more will they have to offer in the next decade? How will an electric Lamborghini be perceived ten years from now? What functions and requirements will it have to meet?
Minotauro (Italian for “minotaur”) was in the Greek mythology a creature with the head of a bull on the body of a man. It was chosen as a name for the car after a brainstorming that identified one distinctive feature of the Lamborghini cars. That they are beasts you fight and let you live to tell the tale.
Other keywords taken into consideration when developing this project were: Italian, Extreme, Unexpected, Purity, Ornaments and embellishments free, Physically addictive experience, Pure automotive extravagance, Technological marvel.
The electric Lamborghini is equipped with 4 asynchronous motors that divide power 70% to the rear and 30% to the front axle. Electricity is supplied by a Li-Tec flatcell battery pack located in the rear doubled by a KERS system in the front.
The absence of a big V12 engine in the rear creates enough room for a third passenger in a central position. In the exterior, this unusual layout is communicated by the use of the narrow rear window that is shaped in order to improve interior lighting and head room for the rear occupant.
On the driver side the car has a normal door, while on the passenger side there is a longer “Lambo door” that also offers access for the rear passenger.
The triangle shaped air extakes in the rear serve for battery cooling and visually replace the traditional exhausts, which play such an important role in a traditional supercar. They also act like the tubes of a subwoofer, channelling the sound of the electric motors, placed behind them.
In 2020, with the acquisition of the new Minotauro, the Lamborghini owner will also get involved in a brand new experience called REAL LIFE ONLINE GAMING. In this scenario the Lamborghini driver can race his car on a real racetrack (like the Nurburgring). The GPS data of his racing lap is uploaded into the Playstation game network as a ghost. PS players from all over the world can race in virtual reality against the Lamborghini owner and try to beat his best lap. This is the car enthusiasts’ social networking for the next decade.
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