With the concept car Sesto Elemento, Lamborghini serve a further sports car
which reminds us of a jet fighter. Thanks to its design which features lots
of triangles and pentagons, it has got something of Stealth bombers. These
ones were designed in this style to not being discovered at the enemy's radar
systems. Lambo drivers, however, have just one enemy with radar technology:
The police. And in this case, the shape won't hardly help!
So piloting a Sesto Elemento would take much self-discipline. Because, not only
the Italians made as many components as possible from carbon – including
suspension parts, propeller shafts and wheels - they also mounted a 570 HP 10-cylinder
engine on the thing. Despite of the big V10, the car wights in at under one
tone! Exactly: 999kg. And, even all-wheel drive is on board. This makes the
Lambo covering a 0-100kph sprint in a mere of 2.5 seconds. No surprise: Top
speed is significantly higher than 300 kph.
And of course there are further disciplines at which the carbon monster reaches
outstanding results. Because, such a light sports car with this
amazing power is expected to be agile beyond any comparison. If there wouldn't
be one problem: The weight distribution. Sadly Lamborghini didn't release any
data that could tell us whether the extrem lightweight approach has a negative
effect on weight balance. The drivers position, at any rate, won't be adverse.
It is close to the center of rotation. Remarkably there are no conventional
sports seats on the Sesto Elemento. The Italians have designed a monocoque
layout which allows attaching upholstery directly to it, without an individual seat
frame. Those who are happy enough to take a seat here are going to face a crater landscape
of carbon covers under the windscreen. And, the so-called dashboard has got just
very few controls! Of course, there is no air con, no sat nav - not even a radio
Meaning, this would be changed on a production model. And that raises one question:
What is this thing good for? Do the Italians want to let us know that they are
capable to design extremely light cars? Yes, the want to! But experts know that
flagship of the sports car brand, the Murcielago, is soon to be replaced by a
successor. So it's possibly showcased to make us mentally ready for the new model
- even though most of us already are!
At any event the concept is a Lambo at first sight. Thus it may be seen as close to
production. And, it tells us there is some eye candy to come from the workshops at
Santa'Agata Bolognese. One compliment has to be paid to the stylists yet, at the end of this
feature. The Lambo designers are definitely not the first to eccentuate red details
on black car. But, there was rarely a work at which they were that perfectly balanced.
We relish the prospect of seeing some more, both on the motorshows and on the roads.