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Sesto Elemento translates as `Sixth Element` and refers to Lamborghini`s comprehensive use of carbon fibre in the car`s construction, the atomic number for carbon being six. The Sesto Elemento is a V10, two seated, very limited edition high-performance sports car which was introduced to the world at the Paris Motor Show of 2010.


Lamborghini only plan to produce twenty units and these will only be used on the track hence the car`s racing-style quick-refueling system.   The Sesto Elemento comes equipped with a semi-automatic, 6-speed transmission with a paddle-shifter. The engine is taken from the mighty
Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera and is a V10 5.2 litre monster of an engine capable of generating 540 Nm of torque and 570 horsepower. The drive shaft, suspension and chassis are all made from carbon fibre which reduces the weight of the Sesto Elemento to just 999kg or 2200lb. That is more or less the same weight as the Honda Fit, there, however, the similarities end. The Sesto is the lightest Lamborghini to date by some distance and features permanent all-wheel drive as did the Gallardo.

 

There are 10 hexagonal holes in the cover of the engine through which air is released and two intakes channel air into the engine compartment which is situated in the middle of the car as with most Lamborghinis. Because of the massive 570 horsepower and the very low weight of the car, the power-to-weight ratio is an impressive 1.75 kg/hp or 3.85lb/hp. This results in pure acceleration and the Sesto Elemento can reach 62mph from a standing start in just 2.5 seconds. The top speed is thought to be around 186 miles per hour.   With the Sesto Elemento, Lamborghini is attempting to redefine the future of the super car.

 

The car`s uncompromising appearance befits a car of such power but also manages to be elegant and beautiful at the same time. The overall shape of the car is familiar but also manages to redefine the Lamborghini brand. It manages to retain the angularity of previous Lambos whilst avoiding the clichhs of previous models. The car is expected to sell for around USD $2.2 million.   The Sesto Elemento is not even road legal as it doesn`t have any of the required safety equipment such as air bags. The seats are unique in that their bucket shape is actually part of the body of the car, this makes them unadjustable so the steering and the pedals have to move around the seat rather than the other way round.

 

There is nothing practical about this car at all, so there`s no point even mentioning luggage space or consulting TorqueCars MPG calculator to check its fuel-economy. It doesn`t even understand the concept of fuel-economy. The first production cars should be released in the middle of 2013 and all twenty have already been been pre-sold. However, there are rumours swirling around that production is behind schedule and that the Sesto Elemento may not actually appear until 2014 or even the year after.


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