Lamborghini Sesto Elemento: Fastest Accelerating Lamborghini
Lamborghini Sesto Elemento which literally means “The Sixth Element” in English refers to the sixth element in periodic table i.e Carbon due to its extensive use for making this track toy that is the prime factor that its the fastest accelerating Lamborghini. If you think that the Recently launched Lamborghini Sián is the fastest accelerating car ever made by the Italian Automaker then you’re wrong. So read on more to know in details about this Beast.
Sesto Elemento: Image Source | Mark Smeyers
Lamborghini Sesto Elemento: Overview
It is a high-performance limited edition lightweight mid-engine all-wheel-drive track-only car produced by Lamborghini, debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Production started the following year i.e from 2011-2012 and only 20 units were ever produced. It is so much extreme that it has completely stripped out interiors, no dashboard and creature comforts like air-conditioning and stereo are absent, it doesn’t even have conventional seats and foam paddings are integrated into the carbon tubs and all are custom made to fit.
Design and features
The main component of the Sesto Elemento is carbon fiber or more specifically Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics (CFRP). Lamborghini in collaboration with the Boeing company made this car happen. Everything from its chassis, drive shafts and suspension components are made up of carbon fiber. Two of the most unique parts designed for the exterior are the wheels made entirely of carbon fiber and the exhaust system which is made out of Pyrosic which is a composite made up of glass and ceramic that can withstand high heat.
Thanks to the use of carbon fiber, the Sesto Elemento weighs just 999kgs and along with Lamborghini’s advanced Aerodynamics gives it ultimate attack power on the tracks. The rear features a big wing and the exhausts are placed just under it that looks menacing. The engine is feed air via two large scoops at the top and is followed by 10 hexagonal openings to radiate the engine heat.
What’s under the hood?
The Sesto Elemento is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 derived from the Gallardo Superleggera producing 570HP and 540NM torque. Together with Lamborghini’s 6-speed “e-gear” automated electrohydraulic manual transmission and an all-wheel-drive system, it dominates the track unlike any other Lamborghini. Having a weight of just 999kgs and that kind of brutal power the Sesto Elemento rockets to 62 miles per hour in a mere 2.5 seconds which is 0.3 seconds quicker than the 819-hp hybrid Sián. This proves that low weight is much better than having a higher power.
When Lamborghini announced the plans to produce 20 cars for track use only in mid-2011 with each car costing US$2.92 million. 20 cars were already sold upon the confirmation of production. At that time, the Sesto Elemento was the most expensive Lamborghini ever built, until the Veneno was launched, with the price of the car as high as US$6.5 million and now followed by the Sián Hybrid Hypercar.
Lamborghini always Stuns the world with their limited run high-performance cars that look out of this world and with the Sesto Elemento its the same story. Even after 8 years of production, its design is too futuristic and looks like no other. Undoubtedly its one of my favorite hypercar and hope I get to drive one someday. With the price tag, I guess this car spends most of its time in garages than on a track.
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