Rumor: Lamborghini Sesto Elemento already tipped for production

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 11, 2010

Today we received an interesting email, at our editorial office. According to unnamed sources, it appears that the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept will see a production version.

Still, the car will be built in a very limited edition of just 10 units, each priced at around 2.5 million euros. If true, this means that we will find the lightest Lamborghini on the streets, ready to blast the competition.

For those who don’t know, the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept has a total weight of just 999 kilograms (2,202 lb) – including V10 power unit and permanent all-wheel drive.

The car is powered by a V10 engine delivering 570 hp and capable to push the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.5 seconds, and to a total speed that exceeds 320 km/h (200 mph).

As expected, the car will be manufactured using carbon fiber but also the latest technology which will debut on the upcoming Lamborghini models. In addition, the car will be offered with five-spoke carbon fiber wheels.

The future of super sports cars is shown in the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, which comes with extremely lightweight engineering joined with maximum performance in utmost driving fun. Automobili Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann comments that the company put together all of their technological capabilities into a marvelous form to create the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento. Their carbon-fiber technology abilities have made such a progressive concept possible and certainly, they also profit from Audi AG’s undeniable lightweight expertise. Systematic lightweight engineering is critical for the sports cars of the future to achieve the most dynamic performance and low CO2 emissions. This technological benefit will be applied across their model range. That’s why the Sesto Elemento will be influencing all future Lamborghini units.

Cutting-edge Technology Package

The R&D engineers of Lamborghini were able to assemble an innovative package by means of the Sesto Elemento Concept. The Sesto Elemento, like a pure and radical concept, features a one-of-a-kind blend of very low curb weight of below 1000 kilograms, huge 570 hp output, a naturally-aspirated V10 engine, stability and super traction of permanent all-wheel drive as well as quick and sensitive responsiveness from the high-revving engine. No super sports car has ever been as pure as this. The Sesto Elemento delivers an incredible degree of driving fun, focusing on truly breathtaking dynamics.

Systematic Carbon Fiber Use

It is built on very stiff, solid, lightweight and safe carbon-fiber structure, the Sesto Elemento Concept’s monocoque cell. The whole front frame, exterior panels as well as crash boxes are made of CFRP. The key suspension components plus the rims are made of carbon-fiber. The tailpipes are made of Pyrosic, a state-of-the-art glass-ceramic matrix composite that can withstand extremely high temperatures to a maximum of 900° Celsius. The propeller shaft is also made from CFRP.

Astounding Power-to-Weight Ratio

The Sesto Elemento Concept shows the exceptional skill of Automobili Lamborghini in every area of carbon-fiber technology. The key technology for the future automotive engineering, particularly high-performance sports cars, is centered on carbon composite materials. These materials made of carbon-fiber reinforced plastics are very light and have characteristics that make them stiff and highly accurate. Lighter cars improve fuel use and COs emissions. Most of all, they improve the power-to-weight ratio, which is crucial to every sports car and its performance. When a super sports car is built using CFRP, it accelerates faster and has excellent handling as well as better braking.

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