Leaked: Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 28, 2010

Earlier today we showed you the 5th teaser of the upcoming Lamborghini concept which will make its debut this week at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. We told you that we are tired of these easers, and want the real thing. It appears that someone listened to us and showed a leaked photo with the concept.

Dubbed Sesto Elemento Concept (or sixth element in English), the new car is made almost exclusively from carbon fiber and has a total weight of 999 kg (2,200 pounds).

Under the hood is a powerful V10 engine that can push the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 3.0 seconds while a top speed is expected to exceed 350 km/h (217 mph).

And if someone says that this is not the concept that will be shown by Lamborghini at the Paris Motor Show, you should see the teasers found in the photo gallery below.

The resemblance is obvious. Regarding the design of the car, honestly to tell you this looks like a more aggressive Gallardo, rather than a new model.

Perhaps this new car is built only to show future design directions but also the technology that will be used in the upcoming models.

Stephan Winkelmann, president and chief executive of Automobili Lamborghini, remarked that the Sesto Elemento provides a visual preview of a future super sports car. He said that the Sesto Elemento pushes the limits of lightweight engineering and outstanding performance to provide extreme driving enjoyment.

Winkelmann added that the Sesto Elemento is a product of Lamborghini’s overall technological competence, particularly its abilities in carbon-fiber technology and the lightweight expertise of Audi AG. Lamborghini’s top man quipped that systematic lightweight engineering is crucial for creating future super sports cars as it allows not only for dynamic performance, but also for low emissions. He added that they plan to implement this technology Lamborghini’s model range.

Thanks to this lightweight technology, the Sesto Elemento features a low curb weight of less than 1,000 kilograms. Moreover, it is powered by high-revving, highly responsive naturally-aspirated V10 engine that provides up to 570 hp output. This dynamic performance is complemented by a permanent all-wheel drive that ensures superior traction and stability wherever the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento may go.

The result is a super sports car that delivers focused sensational dynamics and a high level of driving fun. One great feature of the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept is its stiff and safe monocoque cell made from lightweight carbon fiber. This structure is greatly complemented by other elements made from CFRP, like its entire front frame, the exterior panels and crash boxes as well as the propeller shaft.

Even the vehicle’s major suspension components and the rims are also made from carbon fiber. On the other hand, the tailpipes of the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept are made from Pyrosic, an advanced glass-ceramic matrix composite that could withstand temperatures of up to 900 degree Celsius.

The lightweight nature of the new Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept is attributable to Automobili Lamborghini’s expertise in all areas of carbon-fiber technology. Lamborghini considers carbon composite materials as a key technology for future automotive engineering, particularly when it involves high-performance sports cars.

They are not only lightweight, but are also superbly stiff and very precise. It has been proven that lighter cars boast of lower fuel consumption and lower carbon dioxide emissions. Since a lighter car could mean a better power-to-weight ratio, its performance would also rise proportionally.

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