The coolest concept car you've never heard of is headed to auction
As if RM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi auction wasn't insane enough, it was recently announced that the mythical Zagato Raptor would also be crossing the block. Even though it is estimated to rake in between 1 and 1.4 million dollars, you likely have never heard of this teal beauty before. Lamborghini executives were too afraid the car would upstage their successor to the Diablo, so they decided to never produce it.
Two of the biggest, boldest names in Italian automotive history came together in the mid-1990's to create the Raptor. Zagato worked directly with Lamborghini to build a concept for a car to bridge the gap between the aging Diablo and the Zagato-designed Canto project, the Diablo's planned successor. Zagato took a Diablo VT's drivetrain right off the shelf, meaning the Raptor had a 5.7 liter Lamborghini V12 engine in the back. This beast drove both the front and rear wheels, paired with a 6-speed manual transmission and an obligatory gated shifter. Thanks to the car's carbon fibre body, magnesium wheels, and the removal of "dead weight" safety nannies like ABS and traction control, the Raptor was over six hundred pounds lighter than its Diablo cousin. 60 mph was displayed on the minimalistic speedometer in under 4 seconds and the Raptor hit the magical 200 mph number with ease.
That all sounds great, but it's thoroughbred Italian supercar performance isn't even the best part about the Raptor. You may have noticed the teal supercar doesn't have traditional doors. The driver and passenger enter through a cockpit canopy that raises up like a fighter jet. As if that wasn't spectacular enough, the iconic Zagato double-bubble roof panel was removable. The Raptor was a coupe and a roadster all in one package with insane "doors" that gave a nod to the Lamborghini Diablo it shared a heart with. Crazy!
Sadly, the Raptor was shelved in favor of the Canto, which as you know we never got either. The car was eventually sold to its current owner: a private collector in the UK. The Raptor was displayed at Pebble Beach in 2008, but it hasn't been seen by the public ever since. RM's Abu Dhabi auction at Yas Marina on November 30th will give one lucky collector the chance of a lifetime to bid on one of the craziest concept supercars of the '90s.