Think of a Lamborghini Diablo V12, now change the dress, put on all the carbon fiber can, remove the traction control and ABS, and 300 kg by the weight. The result is the concept Raptor created in 1996 by Zagato at the request of the same Lamborghini that he wanted to enter the model within their range.
The car, designed by Nori Harada, has been shown to the public for the first time in 1996 at the Geneva motor show and is a model that is particularly relevant because, regardless of its uniqueness, was one of the first cars to be built using a design and manufacturing process 100% digital, allowing you to switch from a computer to a car running in the span of not even four months.
With regard to the choice of the name, its origin is not certain even if, unconfirmed rumours say that he may have taken inspiration from the film of the 1994 Jurassic Park, which brought on the mouth of all the name of the fast dinosaur.
The Zagato Raptor, the study of which began in 1995, actually somewhat reminiscent of its extinct namesake thanks to a reduced weight of the bone and its agility and speed.
The performance was respectable for a car of the mid – ‘90s: in fact, it speaks of a maximum speed that exceeds 320 km/h and one shot from zero to a hundred km/h in less than four seconds, thanks to the massive V12 5.707 cm3 and 492 HP Diablo. The transmission was the same as the Diablo VT, which offered a system of all-wheel drive capable of sending 25% of the power to the front axle.
In addition to having a design much more soft compared to what is offered by the listed models of those years, the Raptor had a system of opening only, with theentire top cap that rose thanks to a system of uprights and gas, while the roof could be removed to transform the car into a roadster.
The interiors are minimalist, fully lined in Alcantara gray, while the head restraints, mounted on the roll bar alloy, can be used as handles to facilitate entry and exit from the passenger compartment. The instrumentation is entrusted to a digital display, although on the central console, there is a small, unique display of the temperature of the passenger compartment and an instrument for display of the gasoline remaining.
Unfortunately, despite the excellent feedback, Lamborghini gave the following to the project, set aside to let the space to another concept, P147 Hand, which had a similar fate due to the acquisition of the company by Audi. Only later it was introduced in 2001, the Lamborghini Murciélago.
Precisely because of the abandonment of the project, the Raptor is now a single object that represents a styling course never developed by Lamborghini, which, still today, it is the most departed from their own, the iconic, angular shapes.
This Zagato Raptor will be put at auction by RM Sotheby’s 30 November in Abu Dhabi but, he warns, the owner, will need a deep mass to the point given that, after the Geneva motor show of 1996, has not often seen the asphalt.