Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

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Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
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Overview
ManufacturerAutomobili Lamborghini S.p.A
Production2011–2012 (20 produced)
AssemblySant'Agata Bolognese, Italy
DesignerFilippo Perini
Body and chassis
ClassTrack day car / Sports car (S)
Body style2-door coupé
LayoutMid-engine, four-wheel-drive
RelatedAudi R8
Lamborghini Gallardo
Powertrain
EngineOdd-firing 5.2 L V10
Transmission6-speed E Gear automated manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,560 mm (101 in)
Curb weight999 kg (2,202 lb)

The Sesto Elemento ("Sixth Element" in English) is a high-performance limited edition lightweight automobile produced by Italian automaker Lamborghini, which debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The Sesto Elemento's name is a reference to the atomic number of carbon, in recognition of the car's extensive use of carbon fiber.

Design and specifications[edit]

The Sesto Elemento is equipped with a 6-speed semi-automatic transmission and an all wheel drive system, mated to a 5.2 litre V10 engine borrowed from the Gallardo Superleggera, generating 570 PS (419 kW; 562 hp) and 540 N⋅m (400 lbf⋅ft) of torque. The chassis, body, drive shaft and suspension components are made of carbon fibre, reducing the overall weight to a mere 2,202 lb (999 kg), a weight comparable to subcompact cars.[1]

The engine is cooled through 10 distinctive hexagonal holes in the engine cover, while two intakes funnel cool air into the mid-mounted engine compartment and the exhaust pipes are positioned in the rear wing. Lamborghini claims a 0–62 mph (0–100 km/h) acceleration time of just 2.5 seconds,[2] 0–124 mph (0–200 km/h) time of 8.0 seconds,[3] and a top speed in excess of 210 mph (338 km/h).

The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento has a power to weight ratio of 1.75 kg (3.86 lb) per horsepower, which is currently the best power to weight ratio achieved by a production Lamborghini.

The interior of the Sesto Elemento is generally bare without vehicle comforts such as air-conditioning and stereo. The seats are made of carbon fibre and foam and bolted directly onto the chassis of the vehicle, reducing weight and production costs.

Production[edit]

The Sesto Elemento concept on display at the 2010 Paris Motor Show

Lamborghini announced plans to make 30 Sesto Elementos for track use only in mid-2011 with each car costing US$2.92 million.[1][4] All 30 cars were already sold upon the confirmation of production.[5] At that time, the Sesto Elemento was the most expensive Lamborghini ever created, until the Lamborghini Veneno was launched, with the price of the car as high as US$6,5 million (£4,162,150.00).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Valdes-Dapena, Peter (17 August 2012). "Lamborghini's $2.2 million Sesto Elemento super car". CNN. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Sesto Elemento: Overview". Lamborghini. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  3. ^ "2011 Lamborghini Sesto Elemento". Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  4. ^ Pattni, Vijay (13 September 2011). "Lamborghini to build Sesto Elemento". Top Gear. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  5. ^ "The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is sold out". Lambocars.com. Retrieved 28 November 2012.

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