Lamborghini launched a four-part video series to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Countach concept. To start, it spoke to Marcello Gandini, the designer behind the legendary supercar.
The car was first commissioned by Ferruccio Lamborghini in the summer of 1970 when he asked designers to design a revolutionary model as a follow -up to the Miura. According to Gandini, his design was inspired by the landing of the moon in 1969.
“As far as I know, this has also changed our attitude towards the question of doing something new, something different, without repeating the same old style again,” Gandini said in the video.
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Indeed, the straight and hard lines from the Countach leave the round shape that had dominated car design in the 60s.
“In general, those who want to leave a small mark need to put their personal spin on whatever they do,” he explained. “Whether then admittedly or not, that could be luck, coincidentally, say the current situation.”
But that’s not all style after style. Some of the most memorable design features, such as scissor doors, were actually chosen to make the car a little wider and make it easier for occupants to get in and out of the car.
When Lamborghini launched the Countach, Gandini wanted it to glide into the hall at the Geneva Motor Show because he wanted the car to be shown in a moving state.
He argues that as long as a vehicle is still calm, “it’s a static picture, it’s a picture but once it starts moving, albeit very slowly, it becomes a holographic picture, as if you can see the visible parts and the non -visible parts which is visible at the same time because the movement makes the eyes and the brain record a slightly different view every second, which increases and turns into something more complex, even if you can’t see it. The movement makes this little miracle possible. “
It’s clear from the video that Gandini is proud of his creation, admitting that people might not expect something so cruel following Miura, but basking in the years of love that supercars have inspired car fans around the world.
Only the first in a series of videos that will trace the entire history of Countach and its impact on the brand, Lamborghini says it will launch a new video every Monday for the next three weeks. The Countach, meanwhile, is said to be the inspiration for the new V12 model coming later this year. Follow more on the story here.
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