Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is in advanced stages of its development

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 9, 2011

All evidence points to Lamborghini’s Sesto Elemento concept car going into low-volume production but with each car being priced higher than expected at about 2 million euro (£1.77,). What Lamborghini boss Stephan Winkelmann had officially stated about this car is that its chances for production are slightly better than 50/50. However, insiders revealed that the Sesto Elemento is in the advanced stages of its development.

Winkelmann confirmed though that the Sesto Elemento can accelerate from zero to 62mph in 2.5sec, which is faster than the acceleration time of the 1183bhp Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.

This performance is attributed to its light weight as well as its Gallardo-derived 5.2-litre V10 engine. Winkelmann claims that the Sesto Elemento will weigh less than a ton despite the prevalent belief that the production model could never match the concept’s weight of 995kg.

So that the Sesto Elemento keeps its ultra-ambitious weight limit, it will have to remain in the race track. By simply looking at its stripped-out cabin and highly experimental forged carbonfibre construction, it’s obvious that there are homologation issues that make a road-going version virtually impossible. Winkelmann had said previously that it will only build up to 20 units but instead of being priced at about 1m euro (£889,000), the Elemento will have a price tag of about 2m euro.

Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, remarked that the new Sesto Elemento serves as a preview of future Lamborghini super sports car, especially in terms of lightweight engineering, performance and driving fun. Winkelmann said Lamborghini poured its technological knowledge into the Sesto Elemento, particularly its know-how in carbon-fiber technology and the expertise of Audi AG in lightweight engineering.

He added that since systematic lightweight engineering could contribute a lot to a super sports car’s dynamic performance and emissions level, Lamborghini is planning to apply this technology across its model range, as inspired by the spirit of the Sesto Elemento.

As it is, the Sesto Elemento Concept could well be described as a groundbreaking technology package designed by Lamborghini's R&D engineers. Radical yet pure, the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento fuses several advantageous elements befitting of Lamborghini super sports car – a high-revving naturally aspirated V10 engine that is not only very responsive but also generates up to 570 of output; a curb weight of less than 1,000 kilograms, and a permanent all-wheel drive that brings a high level of traction and stability.

Thanks to a systematic use of carbon fiber, Lamborghini was able to make the most of the new Sesto Elemento Concept, which is not only strong and taut but also safe and lightweight. Recipients of this CRFP technology include the monocoque cell of the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept, as well as the vehicle’s front frame, the exterior panels and crash boxes. Moreover, the car’s major suspension components and the rims as well as the propeller shaft are made from carbon fiber.

On the other hand, the tailpipes of the Sesto Elemento Concept are made from Pyrosic, an advanced glass-ceramic matrix composite that could withstand temperatures of up to 900 degrees Celsius. An advantage of using carbon fiber reinforced plastic is that makes the material not only weigh much lighter but it also makes them highly precise and extremely stiff.

And since Automobili Lamborghini boasts of superior expertise in all areas of carbon fiber technology, the new Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept features an astounding power-to-weight ratio, a higher fuel efficiency, lower carbon dioxide emissions, outstanding handling and superb braking.

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