THE PROTOTYPE OF THE FIRST “ECCENTRICA” CAR UNVEILED IN TOKYO
- Eccentrica, the “restomod” based on the 1990s Diablo, makes its debut in Japan, emphasizing the character and performance of the iconic supercar while preserving its identity.
- The project stems from the passion of Emanuel Colombini, a successful entrepreneur leading one of the largest Italian companies in the furniture sector, a Lamborghini collector, and an AM driver in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo.
- The development of the prototype involved the design studio BorromeodeSilva and a top-notch team of engineers and technicians who are overseeing its technical development.
- Other global excellence partners in the project include Pirelli, Brembo, Marantz, Capristo, and Alcantara.
- The Eccentrica prototype heralds an extreme driving experience through a bold technological and design upgrade that sublimates the impetuous soul of the Diablo.
- Extreme proportions, integrated new details, extensive use of composite materials, and a reinforced and stiffened tubular steel frame. The interiors have been conceived as a meeting point between the minimalism of the early ’90s and the elevated craftsmanship typical of luxury watchmaking.
- An authentic Few Off in 19 units, whose value is set to grow over time, Eccentrica is the first product of the homonymous start-up based in the Republic of San Marino, aiming to become one of the first international entities in the restomod field.
- After success in 2023 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK and a roadshow in the USA, Eccentrica now lands in Japan for its debut in Asia. Eccentrica is supported in Japan by local partner Bingo Sports, based in Tokyo, international car expert and a leading name for car collectors.
- Eccentrica’s Japanese launch features a prominent presence at the BINGO SPORTS Tokyo Showroom located at the heart of Tokyo.
The Eccentrica restomod project based on the 1990s Diablo pays homage to a significant model that has made history.
It represents the inaugural product of the homonymous start-up based in the Republic San Marino, aiming to establish itself as one of the leading international entities in the field of “restomod.”
The project stems from the passion of Emanuel Colombini, a dynamic entrepreneur with a focus on long-term vision and continuous improvement. Born in the Republic San Marino in 1978, he began his career over 20 years ago in the family-owned company, Colombini Group, where he has served as President since 2019 after being the CEO for 15 years. Today, Colombini Group boasts 1200 employees and a turnover of more than 300 million.
Emanuel Colombini believes in the values of craftsmanship coupled with constant research and innovation. He possesses strong expertise in both product and technological development, cultivated through personal passions and investments. A strong connection with Lamborghini has existed for some time, both as a collector of “few off” cars and historic models. His passion even led him to venture onto the track as an AM driver in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo European championship. Emanuel Colombini aimed to reshape the Diablo, the iconic supercar of the ’90s, while preserving its extraordinary identity.
Eccentrica already has a lineup of top-notch investor partners.
No one had ever thought of reinterpreting the Diablo before, given its legendary history that became ingrained in popular culture through films and hit song videos. Only someone like Colombini, who harbors deep respect and for this model and brand, could take on such a challenge.
Emanuel Colombini states: “Since I was a kid, I remember the red Diablo on the first cover of Quattroruote magazine; it was love at first sight! Hardly any other cars left such an impression on me. Only later, after having the chance to drive the GT version, did I decide to pay homage to them, founding the idea of the ‘restomod company’ around this project. The underlying idea is that the hyper & supercar market will increasingly need a product with a sincere soul in the future, much like the sensations experienced when driving these powerful machines.”
The gentleman driver shared his dream with some of the most prestigious automotive experts worldwide, forming a network of professionals such as the BorromeodeSilva studio, which worked on Eccentrica’s design as a supplier. Similarly, technical development was entrusted to a team of internationally renowned engineering experts, contributing their know-how to future production.
To these unique entities in the automotive landscape, top-tier technical partners were added, creating exclusive components for Eccentrica’s prototype. These include Pirelli tires, Brembo braking system, Marantz audio system, Capristo exhaust system, and Alcantara upholstery.
The starting point for any “restomod” is an iconic car no longer in production, the so-called “donor car,” which is redesigned and reconstructed with the integration of modern components. The final result is a car equipped with cutting-edge solutions and high-quality finishes, while retaining the recognizability and personality of the past.
In Eccentrica’s case, the “donor car” belongs to the first series of the Diablo model. Debuted in January 1990, the supercar caused a sensation with its clean and bold lines designed by Marcello Gandini and its high-performance, making it the fastest production car of its time with a top speed of 325 km/h.
As an authentic automotive masterpiece, the “restomod” based on the Diablo aims to revive and modernize the experience of completely analog, instinctive, and extreme driving. This is achieved through an innovative and significant technological and design upgrade, enhancing the impetuous character of the original and elevating the typical features of 1990s mechanics to a higher level.
The “restomod” market is experiencing strong growth. This is where Eccentrica comes into play, a San Marino-based start-up that combines automotive passion, an organized operational structure, and the founder’s managerial skills. All of this, combined with the expertise of internationally renowned suppliers and partners.
Its name derives from the late Latin word “Eccentrus,” indicating a position far from the center, drawing inspiration from Ptolemaic astronomy dedicated to motions and orbits differing from the center—eccentric, indeed. In mechanics, Eccentrics are elements that generate precisely this off-center, eccentric motion, away from the axis, essentially transforming movement. Hence the name of the brand and its products: in essence, an Eccentrica car is a transformation that exhibits elements of courage and audacity while simultaneously paying homage to and connecting with the principles of classical mechanics.
The first Eccentrica dedicated to the Diablo is an authentic Few Off, with only 19 units to be produced, making its value destined to increase over time. This is because enthusiasts of this particular sector, suspended between the allure of the past and the innovation of the present, are growing.
Eccentrica’s journey has touched various crucial milestones, uniting styles and cultures across continents.
After a triumphant unveiling in Milan, Eccentrica’s journey crossed the Atlantic, bringing the car to the Goodwood Festival of Speed (UK), one of the world’s most prestigious automotive events. Here, the car had the opportunity to perform under the watchful eyes of car enthusiasts and international critics, receiving detailed and valuable feedback on its unique design and top-tier performance. Emanuel Colombini, the creative mind behind Eccentrica, expressed his satisfaction in seeing his vision come to life and captivate such a diverse audience.
Following the enthusiasm generated at Goodwood, Eccentrica embarked on an extensive tour in the United States, immersing itself in American automotive culture. The car made its appearance at the Monterey Car Week in California (USA), earning applause from enthusiasts and industry experts. The tour continued through exclusive events in New York and Miami, where Eccentrica demonstrated itself to be much more than a mere sports car but rather a four-wheeled work of art.
Emanuel Colombini, the creator of this masterpiece, shared his enthusiasm for Eccentrica’s global success. “Seeing my creation travel through iconic places and interact with enthusiasts worldwide is a unique experience. Eccentrica is more than a sports car; it is a bridge between cultures, a lifestyle that merges with a passion for design and extraordinary performance.”
The year 2024 opens with a new and fascinating perspective for Eccentrica, making its debut in Asia. The first stop is Tokyo in collaboration with Bingo Sports, which is among the leading collector car businesses in Japan and now focuses on establishing the Eccentrica brand in the Japanese market. Colombini emphasizes the importance of this collaboration: “Bingo Sports is an ideal partner to introduce Eccentrica to the Japanese audience. Their reputation and experience will be crucial to resonate with the vibrant Japanese car enthusiast community. We share passion for innovation and performance and its extensive network and experience in the collector sector in Japan is unequaled.”
The connection between Eccentrica, the Diablo, and Japanese culture is underscored by the use of Japanese symbolism in the car’s design and communication. Emanuel Colombini highlights the historical affinity between the car and Japan, stating: “Eccentrica’s presence in Japan is a tribute to the Japanese long tradition of love for high-end cars and the ongoing connection between Italian design and this fascinating culture.”
Shinji Takei, CEO of Bingo Sports says: “Lamborghini has enjoyed the spotlight in Japan for many years, and the Diablo, with its scissor doors has never wavered in popularity. With the Diablo debuting over 30 years ago, Eccentrica is breathing new life for the enthusiasts. Eccentrica has done this with taste and originality, preserving the 90’s feel while improving performance and comfort so the car can tackle today’s traffic. You could park next to a glittering skyscraper and the car would hold its own, it is classic with a modern feel. It is contemporary art that meshes with the city. We look forward to introducing the people of Japan to Eccentrica.”
“DESIGN TRUE TO ITS ROOTS AND PROJECTED INTO THE FUTURE”
Carlo Borromeo states, “For us, kids of the ’90s, the Diablo is not just a car but a true icon that represents all the enthusiasm and exceptionalism one can aspire to in life. This is the most ambitious project we have ever been a part of, and we are very proud to have supported Emanuel and the Eccentrica team in bringing their vision to life.”
The Diablo-based “restomod” signed by Eccentrica required a meticulous design study aimed at emphasizing the character and stylistic elements of the original model while preserving its iconicity. In particular, the intervention by BorromeodeSilva studio enhanced the right balance between dimensions and performance, drawing inspiration from the highly sporty Diablo GTR.
The body of the “donor car” has been completely revised, with the exception of the windshield, which remains original. All other parts (bumpers, hoods, sides, and skirts) have been replaced with new components, ensuring perfect integration and increased efficiency. All of this is embellished with a series of captivating details that won’t go unnoticed by an expert eye and a lover of Italian design.
The proportions of the original car have been exaggerated to accentuate its aggressive aesthetics and handling/stability characteristics, as evidenced by the widened track both at the front and rear. Length and height remain almost unchanged, while the overhangs are shorter. The overall volume is conceived as a wedge set into a trapezoidal shape formed by the front part.
The entire front has been rationalized and cleaned. The large extractor takes inspiration from the Diablo GT, while the wheel arches have been modernized and integrated but retain Gandini’s iconic arched structure. The side skirt has also been redesigned, incorporating an aerodynamic fin. The window has been extended for better continuity, integrating the B-pillar more effectively and creating a unified form. Unchanged are the famous “butterfly” doors.
On the side, the new 19″ alloy wheels stand out, both at the front and rear, with a design derived from the world of motorsport.
The rear area is characterized by a horizontal development, borrowed from the original, adorned with finely crafted new details, such as the very thin carbon bumper, the two large air intakes housing the main radiators, and the two iconic round headlights reinterpreted according to the latest developments in automotive lighting.
Among the most distinctive and eccentric elements of the new hypercar are the front projectors, nicknamed “Pop-Down headlights,” which stand out for their retro-futuristic aesthetics and operation compliant with current homologation standards.
Particular mention is deserved for numerous titanium elements created through 3D printing technology, ensuring maximum lightness, increased rigidity, and absolute construction precision. Among these finely crafted components are the car’s grilles, which have a three-dimensional shape and a different mesh composition to ensure optimal airflow. Thus, what was once just decoration now becomes an integral part of the project, contributing to both the functionality and aesthetics of the car.
3D printing technology allows for more integrated elements, as demonstrated by the Eccentrica logo reproduced directly within the grille and the license plate lights that emerge from the grille when inserted into the housing.
The engine compartment is a spectacular highlight, perhaps Eccentrica’s most aggressive and unconventional design feature, aiming to showcase the engineering beauty of the V12 to everyone. Currently covered by two carbon covers with the inscription “Remove before flight,” typical of the aviation world, the engine, still in the validation phase, will eventually be revealed through two movable components once the technical development of the car is completed.
Inspired by the Diablo SV, the air scoops emerging from the roof constitute an exuberant and functional detail. From behind, their sculptural shape is appreciated, while on the sides, they almost seem to disappear into the car’s volume. Two elements on the front also help channel the air.
Not least, the external design of the car features various hidden details, the so-called American-derived Easter Eggs, enhancing the project and showcasing Eccentrica’s conceptual and production capabilities. Among these is the tow hook, integrated into the front bumper, with a chromatic contrast and a different finish, and NACA air intakes above the wheel arches, reminiscent of bull horns and thus a clear tribute to the Diablo name.
Eccentrica’s interiors are designed as the meeting point between the minimalism of the early ’90s and the elevated mechanics typical of luxury watchmaking.
Thus, an elegantly sporty environment is born, capable of combining the charm of the past with modern functionality. The goal was twofold: replace all the plastic elements typical of the ’90s with high-quality materials of a more modern nature and completely revise the ergonomics and user experience.
With a clean and simple design, the steering wheel reflects the car’s general philosophy, preserving the essence of the Diablo while adding a touch of extra refinement. Instead of replacing it with a modern one with integrated controls, the original steering wheel was revisited to make it more ergonomic and of higher quality, in line with the times, for an intuitive and safe driving experience, both in daily use and on the track. In the frontal view, it features two horn-shaped indicators that light up when the vehicle is started. Behind, a series of visible technical details can be appreciated, recalling both the gears of a high-precision watch and the mechanical beauty expressed by racing cars.
The steering column is composed of a carbon fiber rod, paying homage to the Diablo GTR, while the new logo is placed on the steering wheel in a decentralized position both out of respect for the original brand and to express the eccentricity characteristic of the project. Similarly, the gearbox, behind a very simple and clean shape, conceals a refined milling process, making it a unique and precious design object.
The dashboard has been redesigned, updating its ergonomics and aesthetic appearance, as demonstrated by the replacement of plastic air conditioning vents with a thin and elegant slot along the entire dashboard, ensuring uniform ventilation distribution contributing to better onboard well-being and travel comfort. Similarly, the instrument cluster has undergone a significant revision in terms of both quality and information presentation. With a ’90s look, the instrument panel is entirely analog, while the graphics and controls, all physical and non-digital, derive from motorsport.
Every vehicle will be equipped with a refined and powerful audio system created in collaboration with Marantz, providing a high-level sonic experience. With 70 years of expertise in the audio world, Marantz is known for products designed for impeccable and personalized listening, allowing users to fully immerse themselves in sound and get as close as possible to the original recording.
With Eccentrica the emotions never cease. Even starting the vehicle is an engaging experience. Inspired by the world of motorsport and even more so by aviation, the ignition procedure is a true ritual to be savored. When the driver sits in the car, inserts the key, and turns it, gently pulling the levers in front of the gear lever, protected to prevent accidental shut-offs, activates the fuel pumps and injection. Only now can the driver press the injection button and then the ignition button. It’s a sequence that instills confidence and precision into the entire startup procedure, nodding to video games of that era and cult films like “Top Gun.”
Comfortable and enveloping, Eccentrica’s seats have been redesigned to make both the aesthetic and ergonomic aspects more contemporary while maintaining continuity with the original design. The upholstery is an intricate combination of high-quality materials such as leather and Alcantara, the famous 100% Made in Italy material, the result of a unique and proprietary technology. Chosen for its unparalleled aesthetic, technical, and sensory qualities, Alcantara offers lightness, breathability, and grip—fundamental qualities in a hypercar that, combined with its unmistakable soft touch and endless customization possibilities, make this vehicle a masterpiece.
In detail, the square design of the seats, divided into horizontal lines, is distinguished by the embossed logo with the two crossed “C”s, repeated to form a decorative line. The side panel of the seat is also made of Alcantara. This functional choice ensures the driver’s grip in corners and breathability while giving the seat timeless refinement.
In line with the sporty spirit of the car, the seats are equipped with high-quality seat belts that, following a Diablo style element, fasten by pulling them from the center of the vehicle toward the lateral attachment. Behind the seats is the storage area (customized luggage can be requested), and on both sides, small metal hooks are available to hang jackets and bags.
Finally, the central tunnel is covered in plain Alcantara in a matching blue hue, as are the interior door linings. The seamless dashboard provides a wide and linear visual impression, enhancing the elegant combination of carbon fiber and Alcantara.
“TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENT FOR AN EXTREME AND ANALOG DRIVING EXPERIENCE”
The Eccentrica prototype is not just a style exercise but a high-profile project that involves rigorous technical development. For this reason, from the preliminary phase, the designers at BorromeodeSilva studio have been closely collaborating with a team of engineers, motorsport experts, and “restomod” specialists who are overseeing the ongoing technological upgrade.. The ultimate goal is to provide customers with an extreme driving experience, achieved through the perfect combination of ultralight materials, advanced technical solutions, and efficient design.
Once the technical development is completed, Eccentrica will be a road-legal vehicle but also a strong temptation for those who want to hit the track. In virtual simulations, the performance is that of a true hypercar: 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in just 3.5 seconds, a top speed of 335 km/h, and lateral acceleration in corners of 1.2 g.
The original 5.7-liter V12 engine has undergone modifications, introducing technical advancements such as new valves and camshafts, and a slight increase in maximum power (550 hp at 7,000 rpm) and maximum torque (600 Nm at 6,500 rpm). This intervention is complecnted by an extensive use of composite materials capable of reducing the overall weight of the vehicle, such as titanium and carbon fiber. The aim is to achieve an excellent power-to-weight ratio (less than 2.9 kg/hp). Furthermore, for increased stability and safety of the vehicle, the tubular steel chassis has been reinforced and stiffened.
In the 12-cylinder of the car, we modified the crankshaft and the camshaft with lighter versions.
We installed a new air scoop and airbox, which are both beautiful and functional. We modernised ECU mapping (with three different engine maps), ignition coils, injectors, and e-throttles.
The controls include the “Adaptive knock control” and “Traction control”.
For a better drive pleasure we have completely redesigned the gearbox with custom gear ratios. We kept the original box but added a 6th gear (instead of the standard 5 speed gearbox).
To manage the exuberant power delivered to the ground, the PIRELLI TROFEO Race tires will contribute, which are semi-slick track tires also approved for road use, deriving from Pirelli’s experience in major global motorsport competitions. This tire incorporates advanced technologies, particularly in terms of compound, tire structure, and tread pattern, allowing for optimal performance both on the track and on the road. For instance, the tread pattern is designed to enhance straight-line stability, ensuring short braking distances, and in corners, increasing lateral grip.
The suspensions are double wishbones on the front and are equipped with a lifter that gives the car 35mm of height from the road. At the rear, in order to keep the Diablo DNA we kept the single wishbone on the rear.
Both the suspensions will have a selector for changing the dampers.
We have also worked on torsion reduction, reinforcing the iron chassis. New rubber bearings and joints make driving more compact and precise.
Another innovation introduced on the Eccentrica restomod car is the braking system specifically developed by BREMBO, a global leader in the automotive and motorsport world. It features a new and exclusive system, consisting of a sculptural monobloc 6-piston caliper and “baffled” discs that echo the geometric lines of the Diablo.
Thanks to an innovative 4D technology casting process, the Brembo brake calipers will enable the final vehicle to stop from 100 km/h to 0 in just 34 meters, which is 7 meters less than the original model, achieving a braking distance reduction of over 20%.
The color choice for the calipers visually recalls racing systems from the late ’90s, with a paint finish reminiscent of the red-logoed oxidized racing calipers used in competitions during that period. The same color is also featured in other details of the prototype.
Carbon-ceramic brakes are available as optional.
Finally, the Eccentrica prototype is equipped with a sophisticated exhaust system with aluminum alloy tips, crafted by CAPRISTO, enhancing the unmistakable sound and optimizing the performance of the V12.
Bold in design and aerodynamically effective, the Eccentrica prototype continues its technical development with the goal of becoming a hypercar as forceful as a fighter jet and capable of thrilling even the most experienced drivers, whether they be gentlemen drivers or professional pilots.
“TAILOR-MADE APPROACH FOR A UNIQUE AND EXCLUSIVE PRODUCT”
The first Diablo-based Eccentrica will be produced in only 19 customized units, with a choice among numerous variants including body colors, trims, fabrics, and materials. This means that there will be no two identical cars in the world, making them de facto “four-wheeled” masterpieces, whose value will grow over time alongside their reputation among collectors.
Drawing upon a well-established experience in the field of exclusive automotive tailor-made, Eccentrica will enlist the design studio BorromeodeSilva to guide the customer throughout the entire customization process, translating their desires and dreams into something tangible and real.
The entire stylistic and mechanical development process, under the Eccentrica brand, for the Diablo is estimated to take between 12 and 14 months, including a testing phase in various conditions. The transformation has a starting price of 1.200.000 euros, reflecting the personality and tastes of the customer, bringing them behind the wheel of their unique and unrepeatable icon. The price does not include the purchase of the “donor car”.
The first running “Ready to Fly” Eccentrica will be showcased during the Monterey Car Week in California (USA) in August 2024.