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First Look: Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

Putting the sixth element to good use.

by on Sep.30, 2010

The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento show car with CEO Stephan Winkelmann and friends.

At an event that some have started calling, “The Paris Electric Vehicle Motor Show,” the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento might seem almost out of place.

Sure, it uses advanced carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) and modern design principles to hold its weight down to just 2202 pounds.  But there were no batteries in sight, nor under that carbon fiber skin – just a massive 5.2-liter V-10 making 570 horsepower and 550 newton-meters of torque.

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For the mathematically challenged, that works out to a power-to-weight ratio of 1.75 kg/horsepower, an awesome figure few cars not specifically designed for the track have come close to.

The use of carbon-fiber holds weight to just 2,202 pounds on the Sesto Elemento.

And it results in some blindingly-fast numbers.  The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento concept – which translates into sixth element, a reference to carbon – will launch from 0 to 60 in barely 2.5 seconds.  Top speed is about 300 kmh.

As with other Lambo models, the Sesto Elemento features a permanent all-wheel-drive system.

“Systematic lightweight engineering is crucial for future super sports cars — for the most dynamic performance, as well as for low emissions,” says Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini’s chief executive.

With track-level speed, it's fitting the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento would get a track-style fuel filler.

In a conversation with TheDetroitBureau.com, Winkelmann stressed that the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento was designed for “tech testing.”  There are no plans to put the matte-finish supercar into production.

Not as displayed at the Paris Motor Show, anyway.  After pausing a moment, Winkelmann conceded that elements of the Sesto Elemento “will be seen in future Lamborghinis.”  Most likely, we’re betting, the use of lightweight CFRP.

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