For almost a decade the Bugatti Veyron has topped the international price list as the world's most expensive car, but this all changed as Lamborghini unveiled the Sesto Elemento this week, ousting the Veyron. With a price tag of $2.92 million, coming in at $280,090 more than the Veyron. After originally announcing it as a concept car at the Paris motor show in October 2010, Lamborghini have now announced they will be producing a limited number, rumoured to be as few as 20.
The only catch... the car isn't deemed road legal in many countries because it doesn't adhere to several road safety requirements, meaning it will probably become the track toy of the world's wealthiest car enthusiasts. Weighing less than a ton, and powered by a 5.2 litre V10 engine, the Sesto Elemento has a sensational power-to-weight ratio of only 1.75 kilograms per hp and does 0-100 kilometres per hour in around 2.5 seconds with a top speed of well over 200 miles per hour. The entire body, chassis, driveshaft and all the suspension components are made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic, and according to engineering chief Maurizio Reggianlin: "The structure of this car is at the centre of its function."
The name of this technology demonstrator is derived from the periodic table, where carbon is classified as the sixth element. Thus, the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento demonstrates the worldwide leading expertise of Lamborghini in carbon-fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) technology. The super sports car brand from Sant'Agata Bolognese is the only vehicle manufacturer in the world to have mastered the complete CFRP process across a range of technologies, from 3D design through simulation, validation, production and testing - all in a state-of-the-art industrial process that stands for the very highest quality standards.
"The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento shows how the future of the super sports car can look - extreme lightweight engineering, combined with extreme performance results in extreme driving fun. We put all of our technological competence into one stunning form to create the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento," comments Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. "It is our abilities in carbon-fiber technology that have facilitated such a forward-thinking concept, and we of course also benefit from the undisputed lightweight expertise of Audi AG. Systematic lightweight engineering is crucial for future super sports cars: for the most dynamic performance, as well as for low emissions. We will apply this technological advantage right across our model range. Every future Lamborghini will be touched by the spirit of the Sesto Elemento."
Of course, we have no doubt the Sesto Elemento will be a major babe magnet... It exudes class, style and power and is punctuate by a hefty price tag. But if you don't have a spare $2.92 million lying around, the new Axe Excite fragrance has the same effect. Just saying...
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