The ItalDesign Giugiaro Parcour made its world dynamic debut in the Michelin Supercar Run at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
It's the work of Volkswagen-owned styling house ItalDesign Giugiaro, and the Parcour can be driven on-road, off-road, and around the track, and top 200mph in the right conditions. It's essentially a Lamborghini Gallardo with the ability to raise its suspension for a 100mph dash across the desert.
The Parcour, first seen at the Geneva motor show in March, was created specifically by ItalDesign vice chairman Fabrizio Giugiaro, son of chairman and design legend Giorgetto Giugiaro, for his own personal use.
“I wanted an extreme SUV with the pleasure of a mid-engined layout but one that could be used everywhere,” he told Autocar. “I have had a Gallardo since 2002, but it wasn’t always perfect for going to the seaside or up into the mountains.”
The two-seater, developed as both coupe and roadster, is named after the sport parkour, where you adapt your body to cross obstacles in any given environment.
Under the Parcour's bodywork lies the Gallardo’s 542bhp 5.2-litre V10 and all-wheel drive system. Four different driving modes are offered: comfort, off-road, winter and track. It is roughly the same length and width as a Range Rover Evoque but is considerably lower. It weighs 1550kg and can crack 0-62mph in 3.6sec, with a 199mph top speed.
Italdesign claims a new type of suspension system for the Parcour. It is a pushrod-style set-up, but the pushrods are replaced by eight coil-overs, two at each corner. This is said to better blend on-road and off-road performance.
The car has more ground clearance than an Audi Q7 (its ride height can be hydraulically adjusted in a range from 210mm to 330mm) and, riding on 22inch alloys, has ramp angles greater than a Land Rover Defender.
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