2010 Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept
For a couple of months (or even years! who knows?) Lamborghini kept its latest mysterious supercar in top secret, which as expected in the future will take the place of its current flagship Murcielago. Unforgettable Lamborghini Murcielago has been "racing" around since 2002 and it is time for it to take a rest. Finally, at the Paris Motorshow 2010 opening day, Lamborghini reveals carbon-fiber Sesto Elemento concept.
In an accompanying press release, the Italian company accentuates that many components of the Sesto Elemento Concept (in Italian - "The Sixth Element") made from ultralight carbon fiber, as a result car demonstrates tremendous reliability, handling and extremely sensational dynamics.
Moreover, the carbon fiber-reinforced composite material not only consists of the monocoque cell but spreads to the front frame composition, crash boxes and exterior panels. Besides, carbon-fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) is used in main suspension components, wheel rims and the drive shaft. Additional materials such as Pyrosic, which is an advanced glass-ceramic matrix composite, is used in the tailpipes for better performance.
Lamborghini's Sixth Element Concept uses the unique triangle form as a dominant design theme. This matchless shapes can be found in the diamond cut headlamps, side panel openings, door handles, deep openings in the hood and mirror stalks. Covered in a matt-shimmer clear coating with red dyed crystals, the carbon fiber texture is noticeable all over with a red brilliance.
The concept has another remarkable highlight - impressive interior. No place for a traditional trim panels, as the Forged composite (the ultralightest, strongest, durable and most precise material ever used) tub builds up the complete interior structure together with the dash panel, optimally formed seats and center console. The seat cushions, upholstered in hi-tech fabric, are affixed straightly to the seat structures and form the carbon fiber monocoque. Concept interior from floor to ceiling and doors, including seats and the dash panel is a fully carbon fiber.
Sesto Elemento - the ultra-lightweight model in Lamborghini's line-up, its weight - only 999 kg, which is 341 kg less than the Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera (1340 kg). Sports car is equipped with a 562-horsepower 5.2-liter atmospheric engine (V10) and permanent four-wheel drive wheels (4WD). From 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) ultra-light "Italian" accelerates in 2.5 seconds with a top speed which goes far beyond 300 km/h (186 mph).