Official: Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

With the final teaser of the Sesto Elemento only being released today we didn’t expect to see a set of pictures showing the car in its final shape until at least after the Volkswagen group press conference tonight.

The Sesto Elemento comes with a V10 tuning to an output of 570bhp and a sprint-time to 100km/h (62mph) of just 2.5 seconds. The concept weighs in at just 999 kilograms (2,202lb) thanks to extremely lightweight construction using an advanced carbon fiber technology. Power-to-weight ratio for the concept is only 1.75 kilograms per hp.

For those wondering what the name stands for, it’s derived from the periodic table, where carbon is classified as the sixth element, hence Sesto (Sixth in Italian) Elemento. It’s supposed to represent Lamborghini’s dominance in carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) technology.

Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini comments,

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 Sesto Elemento. 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.

Every aspect of the car has been developed using carbon fiber. One interesting aspect is the tailpipes; made from Pyrosic, which is an advanced glass-ceramic matrix composite, they able to reach and withstand very high temperatures up to 900 celsius.

As you’d expect, the interior is pretty minimal to help cut down on weight and bring the car below the 1000kg bracket!

Enjoy the pictures released so far and check back tomorrow for first live shots from the Paris show floor!

Published: September 29, 2010 5:33 pm

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