Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

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Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
Lamborghini Sesto Elemento 4.JPG
Overview
ManufacturerLamborghini
Production2011–2012 (20 produced)
AssemblyItaly: Sant'Agata Bolognese
DesignerFilippo Perini
Body and chassis
ClassTrack day car
Body style2-door coupé
LayoutMid-engine, all-wheel-drive
RelatedAudi R8
Lamborghini Gallardo
Powertrain
EngineOdd-firing 5.2 L Lamborghini V10
Transmission6-speed e-gear automated manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,560 mm (101 in)
Curb weight999 kg (2,202 lb)

The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento ("Sixth Element" in English) is a high-performance limited edition lightweight track-only car 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 fibre.

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 (398 lbf⋅ft) of torque. The chassis, body, drive shaft and suspension components are made of carbon fibre, reducing the overall weight to 999 kg (2,202 lb), 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 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) acceleration time of 2.5 seconds,[2] 0–200 km/h (0–124 mph) time of 8.0 seconds,[3] and a top speed in excess of 354 km/h (220 mph).

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 base and have foam applied on them. The seats are 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 produce 20 cars for track use only in mid-2011 with each car costing US$2.92 million.[1][4] All 20 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 Veneno was launched, with the price of the car as high as GB£4,162,150 (US$6.5 million).

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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