The Lamborghini Countach has found its way into the bedrooms of many petrolheads around the world. The Italian supercar is representative of its era’s excesses in glitz and glamor, especially when it gained bulbous wheel arches and an oversized rear wing. In its heyday, it was the craziest thing ever with wheels and an engine.
The Countach design was first unveiled to the public in 1971. The Bertone-made prototype wowed guests at the Geneva Motor Show. This year marks the 50th anniversary of that launch, and artists from ARC Design decided to give the iconic vehicle a modern makeover.
The design of the aptly named Countach 50 is a lot easier on the eyes. Initially noticeable in these renders is the absence of fender flares and a rear spoiler. The latter is now a retractable part tucked neatly into the upper portion of the rear end. Also flush within the wedge-shaped body are the air intakes that only pop out when the engine needs to be cooled.
The headlight and taillight clusters are squared off just like in the original car. ARC Design says that the Countach 50 is based on an Aventador platform, which gives the concept vehicle its long and ground-hugging stance. It also means that it likely inherits the modern supercar’s potent powertrain, which is a 6.5-liter V12 good for somewhere north of 700hp.
With several firms doing contemporary takes on classic cars, it would be nice to see somebody actually making an Aventador-based remake of the Countach.