The Ankonian Concept: Doing Lamborghini Differently
Prior to the late 2000s, Lamborghini was almost nearly synonymous with one particular shape: the wedge. Look to cars like the Countach and Diablo, and subtle angles and NACA ducts gave way to overall slab shapes. Even the early Gallardo embodied this linear approach to automotive design. But with cars like the Aventador, Lamborghini is finally learning to break up the lines– albeit with more angles. It was in this climate, when the Aventador was just revealing itself to the world, that a singular designer took Lamborghini styling to new heights.
Inspired by the limited-production Reventon, Slaveche Tanevski penned the 2011 Lamborghini Ankonian concept. It is a wildly futuristic vision for the Italian supercar maker. Cues from the Reventon and subsequent Aventador are pushed to their limits.
The concept is meant to be mid engined, but rather than the cab-forward design of current Lamboghinis, this features a more central placement, with the engine pushed farther back. According to Tanevski, “This is not a new approach. One of the most beautiful cars of all times, the Lamborghini Miura, has the same principle. My intention was to offer a new silhouette in the Lambo range. Now-a-days, they only offer cab-forward cars.”
Tanevski had constant support from Audi and Lamborghini in the creation of this concept, which took six months to build. You can read more on our interview with Tanevski here.
One may consider current automotive design to already be pushing the limits. But given the limitless possibilities of carbon fiber, 3D printing and hydroforming of body panels, we should demand such staggeringly dramatic designs of our supercars as the Ankonian, which makes the current crop of supercars look staid by comparison.