The original Lamborghini Countach designer wants no association with the 2021 remake

The 1974 Lamborghini Countach pioneer designer, Marcello Gandini, made a great ad statement to the press Regarding the recently released Countach LPI 800-4. In it, he repeatedly emphasized that it had nothing to do with the revived Countach that Lamborghini revealed at Monterey Car Week to mark the model’s 50th anniversary.

Gandini claims that Lamborghini may have misled the public into thinking it had something to do with the rebuilding Sian, and wants to make it clear that it had nothing to do with it.

“The outside public, seeing and reading what has been reported by Automobili Lamborghini and thus from the media in recent weeks, may be led to believe that Marcello Gandini was part of, participated in, or may have had the blessing of the project so it is appropriate to clarify the facts and emphasize the That he was not involved in the project and was not aware of it in any way.”

A designer of Gandini’s stature and reputation has rarely publicly refuted the company they worked for. Although Gandini has crafted cars from the humble Renault 5 to the gorgeous E12 BMW 5 series to the stunning Lancia Stratos, Lamborghini – responsible for the legendary Miura, Espada, Marzal and Countach, among others – is Gandini’s closest historically. commitment to.

Some of the confusion that Gandini is referring to stems from a video Lamborghini released earlier this year. In it, Gandini talks about his design philosophy (which, ironically, includes breaking new ground with each design), and current Lamborghini design chief Mitja Burkert presents Gandini with a scale model of the upcoming LPI 800-4 Countach. The latter believes that his presence in the video amounts to tacit approval of the new design.

“It was not mentioned earlier, nor during the interview, that the car was to be a limited-series production. With the elegance and kindness that has always distinguished Marcello Gandini, when Mitja Burkert presented the scale model during the interview, the former smiled and acknowledged as it is customary to do so.”

Gandini thought the model was the end of it, but after Lamborghini pulled the covers of the LPI 800-4, he said he had received “countless requests for clarification” from the press and colleagues in the automotive design field. He decided to release the statement to make it clear that he had nothing to do with the new version. Moreover, he wants the public to know that he is totally against the idea. And although he does not criticize the design itself, it distorts the idea of ​​​​remaking it.

“Thus, Marcello Gandini would like to reiterate that he had no part in this process and, as the author and creator of the original design from 1971, would like to make clear that the change does not reflect his spirit and vision. Innovation and breaking the mold which in his view is completely absent in this new design: “My identity as a designer, especially when working on Lamborghini supercars, has been built on a unique concept: each new model I will be working on will be an innovation, a cutting edge, something completely different from the previous one. It was the courage, the ability to create a break without holding on to the success of the previous car, Confidence in not wanting to succumb to a habit is at the core of my business’, explains Marcello Gandini. ‘It is clear that markets and marketing itself have changed a lot since then, but as far as I’m concerned, repeating a model from the past is in my opinion a denial of the founding principles of DNA. mine. “”

For its part, Lamborghini issued its own response to Gandini, who maximum speed Posted. The company explains that the Countach LPI 800-4 was the work of the designers at Centro Stile and its R&D department.

“The company has never attributed any role to Marcello Gandini in the realization of the Countach LPI 800-4. Instead, Automobili Lamborghini invited Mr. Gandini to participate in an interview in June 2021. This was a conversation with the designer and head of Centro Stile Lamborghini about the model comparison. The old and the new.”

It is understandable that Gandini wants to protect his legacy and his name, but it also seems clear that Lamborghini never intended to mislead the public about his participation. However, it must be said that all 112 units are already sold out, so there is someone who appreciates them.

All in all, it’s an unfortunate misunderstanding that spoiled what should have been a golden holiday celebration for one of the most famous and iconic cars of all time. Maybe we should just ignore it and enjoy the rebirth of the Countach LP500 concept instead.

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