Official: Lamborghini will build the Sesto Elemento, CEO says

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 13, 2011

Lamborghini CEO announced in an interview that the Italian manufacturer will produce the Sesto Elemento supercar in a limited edition of just 20 units, each priced at 1.5 million euros. According to CEO Stephan Winkelmann, the deliveries of the Sesto Element are set to start in 2013 and the car will be produced at the factory in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy.

Apparently, the car will be just as exclusive as the Reventon, which was produced back in 2007, manufactured in a limited edition of just 20 units, each priced at 1 million euros.

So, you can take the Sesto Elemento as a successor of the Reventon. Moreover, Winkelmann said that another reason to produce the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is that the carmaker made it a goal to produce its concept cars.

For those who don’t know, the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento was introduced back in 2010 and was powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine delivering 570 hp, the same engine found on the Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale. The big surprise about this concept was that it had a total weight of just 999 kilograms (2,202 lb) and it was capable to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 2.5 seconds and had a top speed of 200+ mph (320+ km/h).

Lamborghini is ushering in the future of the super sports coupe by showcasing one-of-a-kind technology. The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept is a very light car, weighing only 2,202 pounds, thanks to carbon-fiber technology. It also has a permanent all-wheel drive and V10 power engine. All of these effectively demonstrate the technological prowess of Automobili Lamborghini. This is the first time that very innovative carbon fiber technologies are seen in a car, helping Automobili Lamborghini make its parent company, Audi AG, very proud when it comes to lightweight builds.

The car has amazing power at 570 horsepower, giving it a power to weight ratio of 175 kilograms per hp. It can go from a full stop to 100 kilometers per hour in only 2.5 seconds, while fuel efficiency is practically guaranteed because of its light weight. For sure, driving the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is going to be lots of fun.

The Sesto Elemento takes its name from the periodic table, which designates carbon as the sixth element. This car helps Lamborghini establish its niche in carbon-fiber reinforced plastics technology, being the only carmaker to have mastered the entire CFRP process using a wide range of technologies, including 3D design and simulation, production, testing and validation. All of these top-notch industrial processes adhere to the strictest quality standards.

The brand powers its research and technology through the help of its research centers. The Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory and the Advanced Composite Research Center are where all the studies and research happen, usually while working with other high-technology companies such as Boeing. As a result, these two research centers have come up with a series of valuable and patented technologies.

Even at first look, you can see the top-notch, no-nonsense dynamics. The design that you see on the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is very sensual and powerful, hinting at the car’s pure power. The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento concept follows the car brand’s signature design elements while also improving on it, mixing in the functional character of carbon-fiber technology. It makes use of the CFRP technology strength in seamlessly integrating different parts, as well as reduces the number of components needed.

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