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Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

May 11, 2012

I often find myself dreaming of one day becoming a multi-billionaire, as I’m sure most of us do.  These dreams are filled with super-yachts, Learjets, French Châteaus and, of course, a supercar or 2…or 3…or 10.  These cars typically take the form of a Ferrari or a Bugatti.  Perhaps the odd classic British sports-car or even something outlandish like the Ariel Atom to whisk me at hyper-speed from my French Château to my apartment in Monte Carlo.  Almost every day I seem to find another car to add to my future collection and today I stumbled upon the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento.

The Sesto Elemento is the latest bonkers idea to come out of the loony-bin in Sant’Agata Bolognese that serves as the headquarters for Lamborghini.  The name is derived from the element, Carbon, which is the sixth element (sesto elemento) on the periodic table and it is a fitting title as that is exactly what the car is, almost entirely carbon.  By constructing the car almost entirely out of carbon fibre and various other carbon-utilizing  materials the engineers have managed to keep the car’s weight under 1 tonne (999 kg to be exact).  That is all well-and-good and testament to the ingenuity of the Lamborghini engineers.  The crazy part is what they did next.

Powering this lightweight vehicle is a V10 engine which generates 570 horsepower.  At first this seems rather tame compared to the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta (which makes use of 720 horsepower) and is almost half as powerful as the 987 horsepower Bugatti Veyron.  But, if you think about it for a little while and do some simple mental arithmetic you will realise that this means that the Sesto Elemento has got a power to weight ratio of 0.57 hp/kg.  This,  its creators claim, means that this rocket will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 2.5 seconds, which I have never experienced but am pretty sure will result in your lungs collapsing and your eyes facing the wrong direction.  Following that terrifyingly short time you can expect to reach a top speed of 350 km/h and probably the moon a little while later.

With a proposed price tag of about $2.8 million you would have to be a billionaire to dream of owning this piece of madness.  If money was no option I would take one in less than a heartbeat, simply for the thrill of hurtling along a stretch of tarmac in a machine that resembles a fighter-jet more closely than it resembles a car.  However, if I had only $2.8 million to spend I don’t think the Sesto Elemento would be my choice.  My heart belongs to another Italian, one in a red dress who is willing to shed its top at the touch of a button.  Her name is the Ferrari 458 Spider and it is going to take a very special car indeed to steal me from her.

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