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Lamborghini Rat Rod – concept car design

News International-French

27 Jul 2018

Created by designers Pawel Wisienski and Jans Slapins, this unique concept incorporates elements from vehicles including a Plymouth Cuda, Formula 1 cars, and an F4U Corsair fighter plane. According to the designers, the concept even incorporates elements from a 1960s refrigerator. The design goes below skin-deep, as Pawel and Jans envision an advanced pushrod suspension, twin-turbo small block V8, six-speed sequential gearbox, and the extensive use of carbon fiber.

Lamborghini Rat Rod – concept car design
Lamborghini Rat Rod – concept car design

The slightly unusual car you see here is the answer to a debate that was had between Pawel Wisniewski and his friend Jans Slapins, they had both been watching a drag race between a Lamborghini and a Rat Rod and found that they loved and hated different elements to both designs.

Lamborghini Rat Rod – concept car design

As both men are designers they set about a new project to take their favourite elements from both cars and combine them into one extreme interpretation. Pawel is a sketch specialist and Jans is a 3D modeller so Pawel set to work creating the outline of the vehicle, the two men collaborated on every element and took design inspiration from Formula 1 cars, the Plymouth Cuda, the Vought F4U Corsair and even a 1960s era refrigerator.

Lamborghini Rat Rod – concept car design

They wanted the finished model to use the most advanced engineering possible, so they chose pushrod actuated suspension and an unusual hydraulic drive system that reduced weight and allowed the car to fit 4 adult passengers. In true rat rod spirit, a twin-turbo Small Block V8 was selected as the engine – this was connected to a sequential 6-speed transmission. Carbon fibre has been used extensively around the central chassis-cell and a low-mounted engine has been pushed as far back as the design allowed to offer as close to 50/50 weight distribution as possible.

Lamborghini Rat Rod – concept car design

Interestingly, the wheels have built-in brake rotors – a design feature you don’t see everyday that actually looks fantastic. Although there are no current plans to put the Lamborghini Rat Rod into production, there really should be.
The finished vehicle looks like exactly the sort of thing that the team at Lamborghini would design if they were tasked with creating a Batmobile for a 1930s period remake.

This article is reprinted from silodrome.com, with editorial changes made by JEC Group.

Lamborghini Rat Rod – concept car design

Lamborghini Rat Rod – concept car design