LaFerrari races a Lamborghini Sesto Elemento in Qatar

Article by Christian A., on July 10, 2014

Ok, we knew that the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept will enter production and it will cost around $3.44 million. Still, nobody saw such a vehicle on the streets, until today, when TheCarHotel Photography posted on their Facebook page the first photo with such a car spotted in Qatar. What’s more interesting is that the same source posted a video where a LaFerrari races a Lamborghini Sesto Elemento.

This is epic! For those who don’t know, the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine that develops 570 hp, which is not quite impressive comparing it with the V12 engine that powers the LaFerrari.

What is impressive is that the Sesto Elemento weighs only 999 kilograms (2,202 lbs). Featuring a permanent all-wheel drive system, the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.5 seconds, while top speed is in excess of 320 km/h or 200 mph.

LaFerrari uses a 6.3-liter V12 engine that generates 800 hp and 700 Nm of torque, but also an electric motor that delivers 163 hp (120 kW). The total output developed by the hybrid system found on the LaFerrari is 963 hp.

As a result, the Italian hypercars can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 3 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in under 7 seconds and to 300 km/h (186 mph) in 15 seconds. Looking at the video, we can see that the Sesto Elemento is a little bit faster than the LaFerrari but still, the video doesn’t have the best quality.

With Lamborghini’s concept, Sesto Elemento, the company’s R&D engineering team put together a trailblazing product. As a fundamental and revolutionary concept vehicle, the Sesto Elemento is a singular fusion of an exceptionally low weight at the curb at under 1,000 kilograms, with an output of 570 hp, the delicate and immediate reactiveness of the high-throttle, naturally-aspirated V10 engine, and the better traction and stableness of permanent all-wheel-drive. Never has there been a super sports car with a pedigree as this one. Lamborghini’s Sesto Elemento provides an incredible amount of drive fun, focused on absolutely stunning dynamics.

Systematic carbon fibre use

The foundation is a very solid, sturdy, secure, and light carbon-fibre structure. The external support for the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept has its complete front frame, exterior panels, and crash boxes made of CFRP. The Sesto Elemento's major components include suspension and the rims produced from carbon fibre. The tailpipes are Pyrosic. This is an innovative matrix composite of glass and ceramic that can reach and endure extremely high temperatures of up to 900° C. The propeller shaft is even comprised of CFRP.

Incredible ratio of power to weight

The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept reveals the exceptional skill of Automobili Lamborghini in every area of carbon-fibre tech. Carbon composites are a fundamental part of tomorrow’s automotive engineering, particularly when it comes to high-performing sports cars. These components made of carbon-fibre reinforced plastics are a combination of low weight with superior traits: they are incredibly sturdy and extremely precise.

Cars lighter in weight offer improved fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions. But mainly, being lighter enhances the ratio of power to weight, a vital aspect of a sports car. Thus, the performance is also given a boost. A super sports car produced with CFRP accelerates quicker and has marvellous handling and improved braking.

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