This is the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento. Revealed at the 2010 Paris motor show, it’s not the long-rumoured Murcielago replacement, but a stunning lightweight demonstration of a carbonfibre supercar. And that’s where the rather exotic name stems from: Sesto Elemento translates into English as Sixth Element, representing carbon’s place on the periodic table. The benefits of using carbonfibre are hard to miss – similar in size to a Gallardo (and also all-wheel drive), the Sesto Elemento is far lighter, its 999kg kerb weight just over two thirds that of the 1410kg Gallardo LP560-4’s.
Click here for evo's Lamborghini Sesto Elemento video Using a 562bhp tune of that car’s naturally aspirated V10 engine, it boasts a superbike-style (and Bugatti Veyron beating) 570bhp/ton power-to-weight ratio, enough to secure it an eye-widening 2.5sec dash to 62mph. If proven, that would make it the fastest Lamborghini road car in history. While just a concept for now, it’s said to preview the future of Lamborghini, and comes with a number of patents associated with its technology. It could also be a major hint at the styling of the Gallardo’s replacement, due in two years.
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The Sesto Elemento boasts a one-piece monocoque, a tub made of carbonfibre-reinforced plaatic, which its seats are formed into rather than placed upon separately, which would add weight. This means the driving position is tweaked racing car-style, the steering wheel and pedal adjusted rather than the seat. The body panels, wheels, exhaust and suspension components are all carbon, too, the latter not just for weight-saving purposes: it’s a move said to provide a boost to handling, braking and steering accuracy too.
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