Fri. Jan 28th, 2022

Q&A: Mitja Borkert, director, Lamborghini Centro Stile

Were you anxious prior to you showed the design to [initial Countach designer] Marcello Gandini?
For me, Marcello Gandini is the biggest. I was pleased when he liked the car, and he has said that he likes that Im taking his approach into the future– that Im studying his styles.
CEO Stefan Winklemann is on the record as hating retro design, what was his reaction when he went back to Lamborghini to find the project was underway?
” Let me state that the work started prior to Stefan Winkelmann, however we have ended up the car with Stefan Winkelmann. If he didnt like it, it wouldnt have actually occurred … Most of the work was performed in the lockdown duration, which was a substantial issue: I was in Germany, I had designers in Sant Agata and others in the south of Italy, Korea and the US. There were great deals of online meetings and 3D printing.”.
How do you pay tribute without developing a pastiche?
At Porsche, I worked on the 917 Concept and the 904 Living Legend, likewise the 911 Safari. When I went to Lamborghini, I had this concept of doing a Countach, one influenced by the exact same philosophy of celebrating the past without being trapped in it.

I was delighted when he liked the vehicle, and he has said that he likes that Im taking his approach into the future– that Im studying his styles. If he didnt like it, it wouldnt have occurred … Most of the work was done in the lockdown duration, which was a substantial complication: I was in Germany, I had designers in Sant Agata and others in the south of Italy, Korea and the United States. When I went to Lamborghini, I had this concept of doing a Countach, one influenced by the same philosophy of commemorating the past without being trapped in it.

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