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Lancia – Medusa

The most aerodynamic car in the world. The energy crisis at the end of the 70’s brings to a general second thought about cars, also paying attention to low fuel consumptions.


Vehicle Overview

Lancia Medusa is an Italian concept vehicle built by Lancia. It was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and debuted in 1980 at the Turin Auto Show. The Medusa is based on the chassis and mechanics of the Lancia Montecarlo, and thus uses the same mid mounted 2.0 L (1,995 cc) Lampredi I4 engine, producing 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 170 Nm (125 lb ft) of torque, coupled to a 5 speed manual transmission from that car. The Medusa was designed by Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro in 1979. Giugiaro designed the car to be as aerodynamic as possible, aiming for a target of 0.25 Cd, with the final design achieving a Cd of 0.263. The original the clay model reportedly had achieved a lower reading of 0.255 Cd, but the addition of side mirrors, indicator repeaters and a radiator caused it to go up. The Medusa featured many design elements that were tailored to help it achieve better aerodynamics. Features such as pop up headlights, door handles and window glazing that sit flush with the body, inset turn signal repeaters and doors that wrapped up into the roof all helped the Medusa to be as aerodynamic as possible. A derivative for the DeLorean Motor Company was produced in mock-up form, the DMC-24 4-door 4-seater sedan, by Italdesign. A derivative for Lamborghini was produced by Italdesign, which went to the prototype stage and ended up as a concept car, the Lamborghini Marco Polo.

Technical Specifications

  • Body
  • Year
    1980
  • Make
    Lancia
  • Model
    Medusa
  • Coachbuilder
    Italdesign
  • Length (mm)
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  • Width (mm)
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  • Height (mm)
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  • Photo credits
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  • Engine Type
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  • Designer
    Giorgetto Giugiaro

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