• May 6, 2009
Lamborghini Toro concept – Click above for a gallery

Most automakers try desperately to hold on to their roots. Just look at all the anniversaries we've been celebrating lately and you'll know what we mean. Lamborghini, on the other hand, seems keen to leave them behind. That's probably because Lamborghini's roots are actually in agriculture. As any sportscar aficionado worth his salt will tell you, Ferruccio Lamborghini started out building tractors and only got into the sportscar business to piss off Enzo Ferrari. The gap between its tractors and sportscars was bridged only by the LM002 sport-ute, known as the Rambo Lambo. But one aspiring designer is keen to resoil Lamborghini's past and present into one vehicle, and you're looking at it right here.

Called the Lamborghini Toro, it's the brainchild of aspiring Canadian designer Jason Battersby. Taking cues from Lambo's own agricultural equipment and its supercars, the Toro cuts a mean profile to envision what an integrated product would look like. Of course it's just a series of conceptual renderings, which you can view in the gallery below. But a small town farm boy can dream, can't he?



[Source: JBDesign via eGMCarTech]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I wouldn't say they are keen to leave it behind considering they still make tractors today.
      • 5 Years Ago
      cultivate in class
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd love to have a Bugatti bench vice, but sadly even those are out of my price range!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Funny how this concept or design has stirred up so much negative response. This is an idea or theme that was probably being explored at a design school or university,or maybe in a design studio sponsored by a manufacturer. To be a designer one must push the envelope of ideas beyond the normal. Stretching the imagiation similar to the Star Trek television shows and movies. Look how far they have come since the 1966 TV series. If Lamborghini did not design a car wilder than Ferrari, then how far would Lamborghini have gotten? So why not expand our ideas of what a tractor could be.
      • 5 Years Ago
      kind of makes me want to be a farmer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This kind of thing makes me ashamed to be an industrial designer. Lambos have the styling cues they have because they are aggressive supercars meant to haul ass at high speeds. A tractor's life is much different. I can point out literally hundreds of reasons why this would be a horrible tractor, just looking at it. Taking the styling of one thing, applying it to something else, and completely ignoring the needs of the new product is BAD DESIGN.

        OTOH, maybe I should model up some lancia stratos inspired school buses and I'd get featured on autoblog. That might be cool.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Rob: Agreed. But this isn't cause to be ashamed. It's an awesome concept, but for the reasons you mention, would never get built. Most farmers would be embarrassed to be in one. There would be no market.

        As a design, it's very successful. It looks like it could be kept cleaner with fewer nooks to fill up with dirt. It also appears that the body could made stronger than current 2-box layout tractors. So even though it doesn't adhere to the traditional utilitarian image of tractors it could be much better.

        If the tractor were more reliable, easier to maintain, more economical, and marketing handled the advertising correctly the tractor would be a blockbuster and everyone would have one. HOWEVER, if the beauty failed to live up to the portrayed performance and visual-promise of potential, it would forever bring ruin to the company.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure it says "aspiring designer" not stylist. In any event, the styling should reflect the use of the product, not pretend to be something else.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Rob,

        This guy is a stylist, not a designer. There's a big difference between solving problems and rendering surfaces. In this case, rendering them poorly.

        I also like the name Toro. It reminds me of crap lawnmowers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "...brainchild of aspiring Canadian designer Jason Battersby.."

        If you actually took a moment to comprehend the article, you might realize that this design has nothing to do with the actual Lamborghini company. Seriously, it's just someone's idea of a cool concept render.

        You fail.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Total Recall" called.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Funny. I like the picture of the old farmer with the young hot lady friend. That's what Lambo Agricultural Division is all about.
      • 5 Years Ago
      All well and good, but Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. is owned by VW and Trattori Lamborghini is owned by SAME Deutz. The two -now unrelated - companies split some time in the 70s so have nothing to do with each other.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does this mean that TORO can call one of their tractors a Lamborghini?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not but some of THE best yard equipment utilize Lambo' small engines and PTO systems.
      • 5 Years Ago
      See, that's what's really wrong with the auto industry these days. Nobody builds cars to piss somebody else off anymore. Some of the worlds greatest cars have been built just to serve that purpose.
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