Published on 09 Jan 2013 by Dan Read
Our shots show 1 of the 20 Lamborghini Sesto Elemento that the Italian supercar maker is building to commemorate its 50th year in 2013. If you’re one of the very lucky few, these images might well show your car on the production line, but if not these publicity shots show that the car is now ready for the road.
In the past the Audi owned supercar maker has marked their anniversaries by producing special versions of their existing cars. The Countach 25 from 1988 was the first. It was followed by the Diablo SE30 and Murcielago 40th Anniversary Edition. In keeping with this tradition, the Sesto Elemento is based on the Gallardo Superleggera LP570-4 so we’re expecting 570hp and 540Nm of torque.
The supercar uses carbon fibre throughout, which not only justifies its £2million price tag but also its name. Sesto Elemento is Italian for the “sixth element” which is a reference to the atomic number for carbon and in a round about way suggests that the car is super light weight because of the extensive use of carbon fibre. A kerb weight of 999kg is 575kg lighter than the Aventador and 340kg less than the Superleggera LP570-4 which shares much of the same DNA.
The styling melds form and function, and echos of the Italian supercar makers current line up can be seen in the bonnet that’s reminiscent of the Aventador and the air intakes on the side that remind us of the Gallardo. We like the hexagonal holes over the engine cover that release air from the mid-mounted engine and we wonder if this is the shape of things to come from Lamborghini.