Being horribly rich certainly allows for some pleasures like starting your own car restoration business. That’s exactly what Italian furniture tycoon Emanuel Colombini did with it. Eccentrica. After being in line with the “restomods”, this time it is not a car from the 1950s or 1960s that is in the spotlight, but the queen of the exotics of the 1990s, the Lamborghini Diablo. The company’s mission is to transform Lamborghinis Diablos into veritable marvels of modernity, and the result is spectacular.
This is not the owner’s first love with the prancing bull brand. Indeed, like many millionaires, he participates in the Super Trofeo Lamborghini racing series. He therefore knows very well the inner workings of the automobile and how it works. However, with Eccentrica, it is completely elsewhere. In the wake of the 60th anniversary of the founding of Lamborghini (May 1963), he wishes to pay homage to one of the most emblematic bulls with a V12 engine.
GTR and modernity
By the company’s own admission, the styling inspiration comes directly from one of the rarest and most exclusive Diablos of all time, the GTR. Although the family resemblances are very pronounced, you should know that the Eccentrica does not retain any of its original panels. They are all improved, more aerodynamic and, above all, lighter. Unsurprisingly, at this price, we afford the best materials and the best design technologies. We therefore find components made from 3D printing, excessive carbon fiber and titanium. The main reworked elements are the headlight units at the front. They naturally switch to LED, but adopt a configuration called “pop-down” and not “pop-up” as tradition dictates. In the present case, the opening and the closing are done in two stages. As such, in the middle step, the remaining thin line of LEDs is unmistakably reminiscent of the stylistic approach of the most recent 2022 Lamborghini Countach.
In profile, what strikes is the replica of the rims of the Lamborghini Diablo GTR 2000. At 19 inches, with five arms and painted in black, the link is assured. As for the rear, the car undergoes the same kind of modification as at the front with simple LED circles and a grill that lightens the general look of the rear of the car.
We change everything
To say the interiors of Lamborghinis before the 2010s were pitiful would be an understatement. In order to correct the situation and make the driving experience more pleasant, Eccentrica absolutely replaces all the original plastic parts of the cabin to redo them using materials worthy of a car of this price. Naturally, leather, Alcantara and carbon fiber are everywhere. The steering wheel also goes there, as does all of the instrumentation and the dashboard. Everything is modernized and considerably more ergonomic than before. While it’s sassy to listen to music in a V12-powered car, the company points out that the Marantz audio system is American-designed.
The magic of V12
In the “restomod” universe, the original engine is often sacrificed for a more modern, more powerful and usually more reliable mechanism. This is not the case with the Eccentrica. The 5.7-liter V12 is safe, but still undergoes several improvements. Originally in “base” versions, the engine developed 485 horsepower and produced 428 lb-ft of torque.
With new valves and new camshafts, power increases to 542 horsepower and torque to 442 lb-ft. The objective was obviously not to completely transform the very essence of the car. Thanks to these modifications, the manufacturer claims that the car will be able to complete the 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in just 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 335 kilometers per hour.
The sound of the beast is now provided by a Capristo aluminum exhaust system. For a superior feeling of safety, brakes are obtained with 6-piston calipers of Brembo design in addition to Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires. According to Eccentrica’s claims, the braking distance at 34 meters is 20% shorter than on the original model.
Toy for millionaires
Only 19 copies will be built by Eccentrica, and there will not be two with the same configuration. Each conversion will cost US$1.3 million. You should also know that, at this price, this does not include the Lamborghini Diablo which will be used for the conversion. Unless you already own a Diablo, you’ll have to shell out around $300,000 to get your hands on a used Diablo.
As it is of artisanal design, it will take between 16 and 18 months to manufacture the car. Eccentrica unveiled its car in Milan, Italy, but will also be present during the activities surrounding the Festival of Speed in Goodwood, England, and, of course, it can be seen on the lawns of Monterey Car Week in California next August. .