Lamborghini Veneno

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Lamborghini Veneno
Lamborghini Veneno.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerLamborghini
Production2013–2014
(5 coupés, 9 roadsters)
AssemblyItaly: Sant'Agata Bolognese
Designer
  • Filippo Perini
Body and chassis
ClassSports car (S)
Body style
LayoutMid-engine, all-wheel-drive
DoorsScissor
RelatedLamborghini Aventador
Powertrain
Engine6.5 L L539 V12
Transmission7-speed ISR semi-automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,700 mm (106.3 in)
Length5,020 mm (197.6 in)
Width2,075 mm (81.7 in)
Height1,165 mm (45.9 in)
Curb weight1,490 kg (3,285 lb) (Roadster; dry) 1,450 kg (3,197 lb) (Coupe; dry)

The Lamborghini Veneno (Spanish pronunciation: [beˈneno]) is a limited production high performance sports car manufactured by Italian automobile manufacturer Lamborghini. Based on the Lamborghini Aventador, the Veneno was developed to celebrate Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary. It was introduced at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. When introduced, it had a price of US$4,000,000, which makes it the one of the most expensive production cars in the world.[1]

The prototype, Car Zero, is finished in Grigio Telesto (medium grey) and includes an Italian flag vinyl on both sides of the car.

Specifications[edit]

Rear view

The engine is a development of the Aventador's 6.5-litre V12 and generates a power output of 750 PS (552 kW; 740 hp) at 8,400 rpm and 690 N⋅m (509 lb⋅ft) of torque at 5,500 rpm. The increase in power was achieved by enlarging the air intakes and modifying the exhaust system.[2][3]

The Veneno is Lamborghini's interpretation of a racing prototype built for the road. The front of the car is designed for maximum airflow and for improved downforce. The redesigned front and rear arches direct air around the car in order to reduce excessive lift and aid in generating downforce. The smooth underbody ensures that the airflow is not interrupted. The large carbon-fibre rear wing connected to the car via an LMP1 style central fin is three-way adjustable. The wheels of the car (measuring 20-inch at the front and 21-inch at the rear) have a turbine-like design and direct air to cool the car's carbon ceramic braking system. The central-locking hubs on the wheels allow for easy installation and removal. The car utilises Pirelli P-Zero tyres.[4]

The Veneno retains the carbon-fibre monocoque chassis with aluminium front and rear subframe from the Aventador along with the push-rod suspension system. The interior is based largely on the Aventador's interior but now incorporates the "carbon skin" element introduced on the Aventador J. The 7-speed ISR semi-automatic transmission is also retained from the Aventador and includes a new "track" setting for improved performance on a race track.[5]

Design[edit]

The rear wheel arches are inspired by the Lamborghini Countach and the turbine wheels help to cool the brakes

The design of the Veneno is a big departure from the previous styling of Lamborghini models. The design is inspired by LMP1 cars and racing cars. The Y-shaped design elements are a carryover from the Aventador's design language while the rear wheel arches hark back to the Countach. The vented engine cover improves cooling to the engine while the extreme aerodynamic elements present on the car signify its track-focused characteristics.[5]

Performance[edit]

The Lamborghini Veneno has a top speed of 356 km/h (221 mph) and has a 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) acceleration time of 2.8 seconds. The car has a braking distance of 30 m (98.0 ft) from 97–0 km/h (60–0 mph), and produces 1.41 G while cornering.[6]

Veneno Roadster[edit]

The roadster variant of the Lamborghini Veneno was unveiled on the Italian naval aircraft carrier Cavour docked in Abu Dhabi's Mina Zayed port in 2014,[7][8] followed by the 2014 Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show.[9] Performance of the roadster remains identical to that of the coupé with the roadster being 50 kg (110.2 lb) heavier than the coupé counterpart due to chassis reinforcing components.

The roadster went on sale for €3,300,000 (excluding tax). Only nine units of the roadster were produced, all of which were already sold.[10]

Production[edit]

Lamborghini built just five examples of the Veneno: One for factory testing (dubbed car number Zero), one retained for the factory and three cars for customers, all of which were customised to the customer specifications.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henry, Jim (19 December 2013). "10 Most Expensive Cars Of 2014: Keeping Up With The 1 Percent". Forbes. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  2. ^ Tisshaw, Mark (5 March 2013). "Geneva motor show: Lamborghini Veneno". Autocar. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  3. ^ "A unique triple-pack: the new Lamborghini Veneno" (Press release). Lamborghini. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  4. ^ Read, Dan (4 March 2013). "This is the Lamborghini Veneno". Top Gear. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  5. ^ a b Meiners, Jens (March 2013). "Lamborghini Veneno: Just Three of These Will Ever Exist". Car & Driver. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  6. ^ Kurczewski, Nick (21 October 2013). "$4.5 million Lamborghini Veneno Roadster costs more than a fleet of Ferraris". New York Daily News. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  7. ^ Turkus, Brandon (3 December 2013). "Lamborghini Veneno Roadster stands in for fighter jet aboard Italian carrier". autoblog. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Lamborghini World Premiere of Veneno Roadster" (Press release). Lamborghini. 3 December 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Meet The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster at the CES 2014 in Las Vegas" (Press release). Lamborghini. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  10. ^ Joseph, Noah (20 October 2013). "Lamborghini officially reveals new Veneno Roadster". autoblog. Retrieved 8 August 2014.

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