Lamborghini’s mission to disrupt the future of electric supercars

(CNN)Lamborghini doesn’t just make supercars, it invented them. The company’s first models, the Lamborghini 350GT and 400GT, were handsome, classically proportioned grand touring cars with long hoods and strong 12-cylinder engines. Then someone had a radical idea. It was the 1960s and the Ford GT40 race car was competing in the Le Mans 24-hour race. The car’s design, with its big V8 engine mounted behind the seats, caught the attention of Lamborghini engineer Giancarlo Dallara. “‘Why do we not make a car with a rear engine?,’” Dallara recalled telling Lamborghini. “And Mr. Lamborghini immediately said, ‘Yes, do it!” The Turin-based design firm Bertone and its new designer, Marcello Gandini, were chosen to come up with the body. The result was …