Lamborghini first showed the road-legal Veneno at the 2013 Geneva motor show (full Veneno motor show gallery here). Three will be made, and they have already been snapped up, despite the Veneno’s asking price – three million euros plus local taxes (around £3.1million at current exchange rates) – making it over three times as costly as the £866,000, 903bhp McLaren P1. And the equivalent of 12 Aventadors…
This video shows the mighty Lamborghini being used on track. It's the first time we have seen the Veneno out in the wild, in this case at the wet Vellelunga circuit:
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The Veneno’s higher maximum velocity is no doubt helped along by its focus on aerodynamics, which is also responsible for the wild looks, resembling its Aventador base car only in general proportions. The whole front end incorporates huge air intakes and lots of intricate sculpting. The Veneno’s underbody is smooth, and feeds into a rear diffuser of motorsport proportions. There’s a huge, adjustable rear wing and a rather jaw-dropping central fin from the roof backwards.
The sides of the car see the fenders separated out from the body and lots of air feeding to the V12 engine ahead of the rear wheel arches. The centre-mounted alloys measure 20in front, 21in rear, and they house carbon ceramic brake discs.
With weight saving high on the agenda, much of the Veneno – including its monocoque chassis – is crafted from carbonfibre, while its exterior parts are made from carbonfibre reinforced plastic (CFRP). No weight figure has yet been revealed, but it’s likely the Veneno will tip the scales below the standard Aventador coupe’s 1575kg.
Three hard-top customer Lamborghini Venenos have been produced, with a further nine roadster versions in the pipe-line, priced at a cool €3.3m plus local taxes: that equates to about £2.8m before tax. Read the full story here.