It looks drop dead gorgeous. It's quick enough to keep a Bugatti Veyron hot under the collar and yet isn't going to do it just yet. But most importantly, it weighs just 999 kg and isn't a Lotus for crying out loud! Has Lamborghini lost the plot? Nope, they've just gotten more serious about it all.
Lamborghini believes that the way forward for the supercar isn't crazy horsepower, rather it's a lightweight car that is stiff enough to meet modern day crash and safety standards, and the Sesto Elemento concept proves just that. Using a full carbon fibre tub and aggregates, the Sesto Elemento is powered by a re-worked V10 from the Gallardo LP 560-4 to now produce 570 bhp. The performance figures read like a veritable nightmare for anything with over 700 bhp. Zero to 100 kph is possible in a scant 2.5 seconds and that is enough to keep it in the hunt of a whole range of litre class superbikes too in the real world. With just 1.75 kg per horsepower to move around, it makes for a really stunning power to weight ratio.
The name of this technology demonstrator, Sesto Elemento is derived from the periodic table, where carbon is classified as the sixth element. Using Carbon-fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) technology, the Sesto Elemento makes Lamborghini the only manufacturer in the world to have mastered the process from design to testing. Developed in conjunction with Boeing, who have refined the art of using carbon fibre after the 787 Dreamliner project, Lamborghini suggests that acceleration and not top speed is what matters.
Lamborghini also showed a limited edition Gallardo called the Blancpain Edition. READ ALL ABOUT IT ON THE NEXT PAGE
The Gallardo Blancpain Edition is a limited edition car to celebrate the association between the watch maker Blancpain and the supercar manufacturer in the Super Trofeo racing series.
This all black car with a huge spoiler features the same 5.2-litre V10 and now produces an addition 10 horsepower to raise the final output to 560 bhp. Top speed is around 320 kph or 199 mph and the all-wheel drive supercar can now accelerate from 0-100 kph in just 3.4 seconds
The entire interior is finished in black Alcantara with yellow accents and more carbon fibre, along with the Blancpain logo, in yellow stitching, while the exterior has Skorpius wheels, carbon ceramic discs and carbon fibre casings for the mirrors and front diffuser.