There’s a handful of cars that virtually all people can recognize, and the original Lamborghini Countach, which was manufactured from 1974 to 1990 is among them. Now, the Italian automobile manufacturer is bringing the ‘80s icon back as a hybrid.
The new version is called the Countach LPI 800-4, and it’s supposed to honor the 50th anniversary of the original release. LPI stands for Longitudinale Posteriore Ibrido, or Longitudinal Posterior Hybrid in English. The number 800 is the total output of the hybrid powertrain (804 brake horsepower to be precise), and the number 4 indicates that the car uses a permanent four-wheel drive transmission.
Just like the original Countach, the hybrid successor has a naturally aspirated V12 engine, but the engine is assisted by a 48 V electric motor powered by the same supercapacitor technology used in Lamborghini’s Sián. Because the car is made out of carbon fiber and weighs just 1,595 kilograms (3,516 pounds), it can produce a 0–100km/h time of 2.8 seconds, a 0–200km/h time of 8.6 seconds, and a top speed of 355km/h.
But performance isn’t what the original Countach is remembered for — the distinctive angular and geometric styling is.
“The first Countach has been present in our Centro Stile as a model for some years now,” said Lamborghini’s design boss Mitja Borkert. “Whenever I look at it, it gives me goosebumps, and it serves as the perfect reminder for me and the entire design team to design every future Lamborghini in a visionary and futuristic way.”
While the hybrid isn’t quite as angular as the original one (blame years of aerodynamic research), Lamborghini has successfully captured the essence of Countach and produced a car that every cyberpunk megacorp CEO would love to own.
But even if you’re actually are a CEO with over €2 million to spare, you can’t buy your own Countach LPI 800-4 because all 112 units (that’s how many Lamborghini is making) are sold out, and their owners will receive them in the first quarter of 2022.
World’s Largest Metaverse Developer Opens Dubai Office
LandVault, the largest metaverse creator, is expanding its presence into the MENA region.
LandVault, the world’s largest metaverse developer, will expand operations to Dubai later this month as part of an ongoing strategy to boost its presence in the MENA region. The company aims to help local businesses gain a foothold in the expanding web 3.0 universe and sees exciting opportunities to bolster its client portfolio.
So far, metaverse developer LandVault has lived up to its name, creating and curating over 100 square feet of virtual space for a diverse range of organizations, including the nearby Yas Marina Circuit, Aldar, Mastercard, Standard Chartered, World of Women, Hershey’s, and many more.
The Dubai government’s Metaverse Strategy is one of the key reasons LandVault has been inspired to move to the region, as leaders plan to transform the Emirate into one of the world’s top 10 metaverse economies by 2030. Eventually, it’s hoped that in excess of 1,000 companies in the blockchain and web 3.0 spaces will be inspired to set up entities in the region, creating around 40,000 new jobs in the process.
“We are excited to open our office in Dubai and to be a part of the vibrant tech community in the UAE. The MENA region is a key market for us, and we believe that our presence in Dubai will allow us to assist the region and explore new opportunities. We are also excited about the potential for the metaverse in the real estate industry in the UAE. We look forward to working with developers and real estate companies to showcase their properties in a new and innovative way,” says Sam Huber, CEO of LandVault.
Alongside developing the metaverse from its new Dubai office, LandVault will also deploy its technology to assist the UAE’s real estate sector. Developers will soon be able to showcase their projects in a way that was never previously possible, reaching a much wider audience with immersive and interactive property tours and even virtual showrooms.