After a series of teaser photos and after a photo with the car has leaked on the web a couple of days ago, Lamborghini has finally unveiled their big surprise for the Paris Motor Show, the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, an extreme lightweight concept car which previews the future of sportcars, at least from the Italian car maker’s point of view.
Recently, Lamborghini’s CEO Stephan Winkelmann said that the average weight of Lambo cars has increased by 1,100 pounds since the mid-1980s and this is due almost entirely to additive regulations, so he made it clear that the company focus will be on building more lightweight cars. He also mentioned that top speed is no longer a priority, because most current supercars are so performant that regular drivers can’t reach that level on a race track, let alone on normal roads, so improved handling and acceleration is what Lamborghini will now focus on.
And the Sesto Elemento, which was unveiled today at the Paris Motor Show, is the concept car of which Lamborghini are very proud and which will be starting point for future supercars. Sesto Elemento is Italian for “sixth element” and if we take a look in the periodic table of elements, that’s carbon, so you kinda guess what’s this concept all about. The car is made almost completely out of carbon fiber, including the monocoque cell, the entire front frame, the exterior panels, the crash boxes and even suspension elements and the rims, Lamborghini amazingly managing to keep the car’s total weight below 1,000 kg, 999 more exactly.
“The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento shows how the future of the super sports car can look – extreme lightweight engineering, combined with extreme performance results in extreme driving fun. We put all of our technological competence into one stunning form to create the Sesto Elemento,” comments Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “It is our abilities in carbon-fiber technology that have facilitated such a forward-thinking concept, and we of course also benefit from the undisputed lightweight expertise of AUDI AG. Systematic lightweight engineering is crucial for future super sports cars: for the most dynamic performance, as well as for low emissions. We will apply this technological advantage right across our model range. Every future Lamborghini will be touched by the spirit of the Sesto Elemento.”
Under the bonnet, the car is powered by the V10 from the Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera which delivers 570 hp (419 kW) available at 8,000 r/min and a maximum torque rating of 540 Nm and 6,500 r/min. With the extremely low weight, the car manages to achieve an impressive power-to-weight ratio on only 1.75 kilograms per hp and you can imagine the car’s performance figures are also amazing: 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 2.5 seconds and top speed is well over 300 km/h. Lamborghini also added that what figures can’t convey is the car’s incredible handling, but only test drives will tell that.
Lamborghini hasn’t mentioned whether there are any chances for the Sesto Elemento ever to go into mass production or what models it will be the base for, but one thing’s for sure: the future looks good.