Lamborghini has officially taken the wraps off the Sesto Elemento or Sixth Element Concept after an image of the full car leaked out onto the Internet. The carbon fiber structure does indeed weigh 2,202 pounds and power will come from a V-10 engine; the 5.2-liter V-10 used in the Superleggera LP570-4 producing 562 hp, to be exact. Zero-to-62 mph takes a scant 2.5 seconds and the top speed is more than 217 mph. All-wheel drive is retained and the concept has a six-speed e-gear transmission.
Of course, the main highlight of the vehicle is its carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) structure, which helps Lamborghini keep the car’s weight down to that of a small Lotus. Lamborghini says it is leading the pack in the design of vehicles around this material and is the first manufacturer to really have mastered all aspects of its design and use. In 1983, it produced the first prototype CFRP chassis for the Countach, with the first production parts appearing in 1985. The current Lamborghini Murciélago is made largely from CFRP. The engine cover panel of the Gallardo Spyder is one of the largest CFRP components with a class “A” surface quality in the automotive world. The Sixth Element Concept uses CFRP for the monocoque cell, entire front frame, and exterior panels. It even uses carbon fiber for the major suspension components and the rims. The tailpipes are made from Pyrosic, which is a glass-ceramic composite.
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