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At the 2010 Paris Motor Show Lamborghini made a statement in the automotive industry; a statement that literally didn’t carry much weight. The introduction of the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento was the first time since the 1986 Lamborghini Countach Evoluzione that the Italian automaker built a car that weighed less than 1,000 kg (2,200 lbs.).
The Sesto Elemento Concept was well received by Lamborghini customers, fans, and the media. It showcased Lamborghini’s new design direction and dedication towards the research and production of lightweight materials such as carbon fiber. The supercar has a classic Italian wedge-shaped design with a modern technical twist, slicing through air with sharp edges and triangle features. The body of the Sesto Elemento is constructed from special carbon fiber made using nano-technology with microscopic crystals, and then covered with clear coat to create a glowing red shine. It was also a showcase of technology and lightweight composites that Lamborghini is currently developing ways to mass produce.
Carbon fiber and numerous other lightweight materials are used throughout the Sesto Elemento. The super car is built with a carbon fiber monocoque cell made using Forged Composite technology while the front frame, crash panels, exterior panels, and even propeller shaft, are made from Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP). Even chassis components such as the control arms and wheels are made from the ultra-lightweight material to help bring the overall weight down to just 999 kg (2,197.8 lbs.). Lamborghini uses Pyrosic, a glass ceramic matrix composite, for the exhaust due to its low weight and 900-degree Celsius resistance.
Due to the extremely low weight, the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is able to reach 62 mph in a mere 2.5 seconds. The mid-mounted powerplant making this possible is a 5.2-liter V-10 from the Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera that sends 570 horsepower and 389 lb-ft. of torque to the lightweight all-wheel drive system. The 5.2-liter is lubricated by a dry-sump system which allowed Lamborghini to mount the engine lower, improving the center of gravity.
“The excellent feedback and the numerous requests we’ve had from our customers have really convinced us to embark on the challenge of producing a vehicle with unique characteristics,” said President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, Stephan Winkelmann. “We are proud that what a year ago was just a ‘technology demonstrator’ of future super sports cars, even though in working order, will become a small series reality. Only 20 units of the new Sesto Elemento super sports car will be produced, and will be destined only for track use. We’re planning to deliver the first cars at the beginning of 2013.”
The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento will be shown at the 2011 IAA in Frankfurt. Only 20 examples of the superlight model will be produced, the first of which will be received by customers in early 2013. Pricing has not been released.
Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Specifications
Displacement: 5.2 liters
Number of Cylinders: V-10
Lubrication: Dry sump
Cylinder Angle: 90 degrees
Maximum Horsepower: 570 at 8,000 RPM
Maximum Torque: 398 lb-ft. at 6,500 RPM
Horsepower-per-Liter Ratio: 109.6 hp/liter
Type: Six-speed e-gear
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 2.5 seconds
Top Speed: Over 186 mph
Curb Weight: 2,197.8 lbs. (999 kg)
Power-to-Weight Ratio: 1.5 kg / HP
Production: 20 Models
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