Just after Ferrari unveiled its F430 Spyder last week, ahead of the Geneva Show, Lamborghini has gone one better with the delectable Concept S, said to hint at the Gallardo Roadster.

Just after Ferrari unveiled its F430 Spyder last week, ahead of the Geneva Show, Lamborghini has gone one better with the delectable Concept S, said to hint at the Gallardo Roadster.

Using the Gallardo as a basis, Luc Donckerwolke, the head of Lamborghini design at the Centro Stile Lamborghini in Sant’Agata, used the classic form of single-seater race cars of the past as inspiration for the rather unconventional design study.

The Concept S has no conventional windscreen and - as with classic single-seaters - uses two transparent “sautes-vent” to protect both driver and passenger from the wind. The sautes-vent (meaning “sudden change of wind” in French) split the cabin into two distinct compartments that run towards the engine bay, situated behind the front seats, providing extra cooling for the fearsome V10 powerplant.

The central rearview mirror is electronically controlled and retractable, and pops up between the screens when needed. The front and rear spoilers, along with the large rear diffuser, provide optimal aerodynamics.

Expect the Gallardo Roadster from the House of the Raging Bull to be slightly toned down though – even Donckerwolke has admitted his design is a bit “extreme”.