Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

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What Car? Staff
29 September 2010

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

This is the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, revealed at the Paris motor show today.

Named after the number given to carbon in the periodical table, the Sesto Elemento is what Lamborghini describes as a technology demonstrator made out of carbon fibre.

It weighs just 999kg, is powered by a 5.20-litre V10 engine and has permanent four-wheel-drive. 0-62mph is polished off in just 2.5 seconds.

'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,' said Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO Lamborghini.

'It is our abilities in carbon-fibre 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.'

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Much of the car is made of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic, including the entire front frame, exterior panels and even suspension parts and wheel rims, all of which helps keep the car's weight down. This is highlighted with the minimalist interior.

The Sesto Elemento is finished in a new, matt-shimmer clear coat, meaning that the CFRP structure can be seen throughout. Lamborghini has developed a system where during the final stage of production, the carbon-fibre parts have fine crystals with a red shimmer added to them. Surfaces covered with this type of finish glow red.