Sharp Angle Overload: Gallardo-Based Salaff C2 Is The Work Of MX-5 Designer

What do you get when you give the designer of the iconic Mazda Furai Concept a Lamborghini Gallardo and free reign to create a bespoke supercar? The answer is this: the Salaff C2.

Unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, it is the brainchild of Carlos Salaff, an American automotive designer responsible for recognizable Mazdas like the Nagare, Furai, Mazda3 and MX-5.

After working for a number of established automakers, Salaff has decided to go it alone in creating his own supercar company, and the C2 is his first production model. Using the Gallardo as its base, the vehicle has been outfitted with bespoke interior and exterior parts.

Starting with the exterior, it bears absolutely no resemblance to the Gallardo. Up front is a very square fascia complete with long, triangular headlights that stretch along the very edges of the bodywork. The front also incorporates a gaping-wide grille and in this configuration, receives some gold-painted accents.

The sides of the Salaff C2 are equally head-turning. There are spaceship-like wing mirrors, black wheels, and numerous air intakes and outlets to funnel air through and around the car. As for the rear, it is perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the supercar and consists of a single piece of bodywork that contains a single, long taillight the full width of the car. There’s also two exhaust outlets and an engine cover containing various hexagons, a shape Lamborghini absolutely loves.

Those looking to purchase a C2 will have to supply Salaff with a donor Gallardo and can choose to have the body made from carbon fiber or hand-beaten aluminum. The company is also working on upgrading the Gallardo’s suspension and add independent throttle bodies to Lamborghini’s naturally-aspirated V10.

#SALAFFC2 is staged on the #conceptlawn and ready for the @pebblebeachconcours!

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  • Craig

    I think it looks good. Very good. But another day or two or tweaking wouldn’t hurt.

    • Cool guy

      How about an eternity?

  • flamin hot powah

    Looking like a GTX 1080 on wheels.

    • willhaven

      Is that a graphic card?

      • flamin hot powah


  • Хиллари сосет киску

    Looks like a Ginsu 2 dual blade knife sharpener!



  • The quality is not too shabby actually. But what about the cost.

  • Mike Sinyaboot

    Wow. I don’t hate the exterior as much as I thought I would even though I would much rather take the Gallardo. However, that interior is straight booty. I am a big fan of saddle brown leather but the leather they used appears to have been sourced from the local bespoke cobbler. It just doesn’t look right in a car. The rest of the interior is laughable. The center tunnel and dash look like they were half assedly built out of plywood. The gauge cluster is hilariously pathetic for a car that will be priced obscenely. The only saving grace is the beautiful gated metal shifter.

    • D3X

      The front is a bit too wide and incredibly awkward to look at. It’s almost like the front lip and headlights is the widest part of the whole car, which is against most other supercar/hypercar design. A bit of sharpening/tapering off at the front would make this car much more appealing. I have no complaints of the side nor the rear, I think it looks very good.

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  • salamOOn

    “Work Of MX-5 Designer”

    what the hell happened to him? guy needs a stronger glasses or what…?

  • Puddingpopper

    The more I look at it, the more I like it. Funky as hell

  • Bo Hanan

    Looks like a cry for help.

    • Six_Tymes


  • willhaven

    The 2019 Salaff Spazzino (translation: street sweeper)

  • Dave

    The Furai was STUNNING, and while only a concept, it was still a functional one! This thing looks like an overpriced kit car… which I guess it sort of is.

  • exeptor

    Good job! It actually works quite well. Probably some detail to fill this huge “mouth” will normalize (but in a good way) it additionally.

  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

    the rear clam shell with the hexagons is the only gorgeous thing about this design.the rest is quite…how do i say it…wrong!

  • TB

    Umm…No. Looks like something right out of Death Race 2000.


  • Cool guy

    It takes someone very special to do this to a Gallardo!

  • nellydesign

    Well, now we know why there are upper level design reviews where much more experienced design leadership gives direction.

    Yet somehow the Toyota Mirai made it through to production…

  • Dariush

    the front overhang is massive and the design don’t help but the only thing i really dont like is how badly integrated the side intakes are…

  • Zandit75

    The same designer of the Furai and MX5 came up with this??
    You sure if not some photoshop “specialist” that just happens to have the same name??!!
    There is no way that these designs all came from the same person.

  • Mr. EP9

    Somebody has clearly lost their touch or just hit the bottle a little too much. This is awful.

  • Coastin

    It is quite impressive what Carlos achieved in the time frame in which he designed/engineered and handmade this concept. But it looks like he didn’t spend enough time sketching out the graphics/shapes of the vehicle and sort of designed it in full scale without iterating with pen to paper. I wonder why he didn’t create a scale model, or have some tighter more refined sketches before starting the panel creation process? I like it overall as a concept, but the side intakes are just not working. The front is unique and not my favorite, but still makes sense for the most part.

  • fgclolz

    Didn’t realize Alienware is getting into the car biz.

  • Astonman

    I can’t tell the difference…

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