Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento.

The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is one of the rarest, fastest and most expensive cars in the whole world.

Only 20 were ever produced. It is so insanely fast that it is illegal to drive it on the streets. You can only drive one on race tracks.

But what does Sesto Elemento mean? How did Lamborghini develop something so crazy? Why is it street illegal?… Well, we’ve got answers for you.

Today on “Your Supercar”, we will be unravelling the mystery behind the “Lamborghini Sesto Elemento”.

ITALIAN ROOTS.

Humble Beginnings

We have all at one point heard the prestigious name of Lamborghini. Ferruccio Lamborghini was born on 28th April 1916 to a family of grape farmers in Italy. He, however, had no interest in farming. He was more interested in being a mechanic. Ferruccio joined the Air Force and served during World War II.

After the war, his father was in need of a tractor for his farm, Ferruccio built him one using some military vehicle parts. His father’s friends saw how good the tractor was and wanted one for their own farms. This motivated Ferruccio to become a tractor mechanic and manufacturer. That was the birth of the company we know today as Lamborghini. He named the tractor company; “Lamborghini Trattori”.

Ferrucio Lamborghini
Ferrucio Lamborghini

After establishing a reputation for himself as a reliable tractor manufacturer, he decided to expand the scopes of his business. He created another company “Lamborghini Bruciatori” for the purpose of making air conditioners and gas heaters.

Lamborghini Automobili

His businesses made him a lot of money (obviously), so he decided to splash some cash on his passion; Cars. He gained possession of some luxury and fast cars of the time including different Ferraris, Lancias, Alfa Romeos, a Jaguar E-Type, a Mercedes 300SL etc. A Ferrari of notable mention is the Ferrari 250 GT.

After driving the car, Ferruccio Lamborghini noticed that the car was noisy, was not very steady on the road and the clutch needed regular repairs. He came up with likely solutions to these problems and decided to share his ideas with Enzo Ferrari, the CEO of Ferrari. At the time, Ferrari was the leading luxury automobile manufacturer. Enzo Ferrari, who is well known for his sharp tongue, told him off by saying that he does not need advice from a mere tractor mechanic and that he should stick to the farming equipment he knew best.

Ferrucio Lamborghini between his tractor and car
Ferrucio Lamborghini between his tractor and car

This insult incensed Ferrucio Lamborghini. In anger, he created a company named “Lamborghini Automobili” with just one purpose; “make better cars than Ferrari”. This was in 1963. He began to build cars immediately and in four months he unveiled the Lamborghini 350 GT.

Ferrucio and his Lamborghini Miura

A lot of Lamborghini have beaten Ferraris over the years. Cars like the Miura, Countach and Aventador have smashed different records set by Ferraris time and time again.

Don’t get a tractor manufacturer angry, he might run you over with one!

OBSESSION WITH BULLFIGHTING

Ferrucio developed a great liking for bullfighting when he visited the Seville ranch of Don Eduardo Miura, who was a renowned breeder of Spanish fighting bulls, in 1962. He adopted the raging bull as the emblem for Lamborghini Automobili because of his much he loved the sport.

Lamborghini Automobili's Emblem
The Lamborghini Emblem

Different Lamborghini cars have names related to bulls like the Lamborghini Miura, the Lamborghini Islero, Lamborghini Urraco, Lamborghini Murcielago and the Aventador amongst others.

LAMBORGHINI SESTO ELEMENTO.

Il Acqua, Il Terra, Il Incendio, Aria, Il Fulmine; the five elements 😉. In the year 2010, Lamborghini birthed the sixth element and ironically named it; SESTO ELEMENTO (meaning the sixth element). Lol, I’m just joking.

The Sesto Elemento is named so because it is made almost entirely of Carbon (the sixth element in the periodic table), through the use of Carbon fibre. Carbon fibre is one of the lightest and strongest materials ever. The chassis, body, driveshaft, and suspension components  of the car are all made of carbon fibre.

Lamborghini produced only 20 Sesto  Elementos, all between 2011 and 2012. It is a super lightweight mid-engine car that was built for “track activities only”.

THE SESTO ELEMENTO NUMBERS

If you think it is fast, you are wrong! It is SUPER FAST!
The Sesto Elemento does 0 to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 2.5 seconds. That is how much time you need to say “A Boy”.
It goes from 0 to 124mph (200km/hr) in 8.0seconds, which is a full second faster than an Audi R8, and on par with a Koenigsegg Agera (Click here to check out our posts on those two).

With a top speed of 221 mph (356 km/h), it is significantly faster than an Aventador SVJ which has a top speed of 217 mph (350 km/h). All-round, it beats the Aventador model because it is a track car, not a street worthy car.

You even need a parachute to stop the car when you have moved fast enough. Don’t worry, they have got you covered. They put one at the rear diffuser area.

The Sesto Elemento parachute
The Sesto Elemento parachute

HOW DOES THE SESTO ELEMENTO ACHIEVE SUCH NUMBERS?

The Sesto Elemento is able to move that fast because of two things;

  • Crazy engine cooling and body design.
  • Low weight

The engine cools through 10 distinctive hexagonal holes in the engine cover. The two side intake vents move cool air from outside into the middle region of the car where the engine is (mid-engine) to cool it. The exhaust pipes are positioned inside the rear wing. Just all kinds of crazy-beautiful.

The Sesto Elemento's exhaust
The wing exhaust, and 10 hexagonal air intakes

Under all the carbon fibre lies a 5.2L odd-firing V10 engine mated to a 6-speed automated manual e-gear. The engine generates about 570 horsepower and 398Ibs-ft of torque. This engine is similar to the one used in the Lamborghini Gallardo and Audi R8 (V10) of that time.

The Sesto Elemento engine
The powerhouse of the Sesto Elemento

The car weighs just 999kg. To keep the weight low, Lamborghini designers removed everything that relates to comfort from the car. It is totally bare as there is no stereo, no air conditioning, and even no seats! To make seats, they just attached foam paddings directly on the chassis. The Sesto Elemento is a real speed business.

The seats in a Sesto-elemento
The Sesto Elemento’s seats

The power to weight ratio of the Sesto Elemento is 2.55 of horsepower to every 10 pounds. The Lamborghini Sesto is able to pull off most of these feats because of its incredibly light weight.

The entire car is not even painted because it is covered entirely in carbon fiber and not metal, so it can not be affected by corrosion, and also, the carbon fiber is beautiful in itself.

PRICE OF THE SIXTH ELEMENT

The Sesto Elemento does not come cheap. In fact, it was the most expensive Lamborghini before the release of the Veneno.

It was worth a whopping $2.92 million (US), yet all 20 of it sold out immediately after it was announced.

Consequently, if you think it expensive and not worth the money because it isn’t even street legal… or if you want it because of the speed and uniqueness, it doesn’t matter. We can not even lay our hands on one except if someone wants to sell his, and even then it’ll be super expensive. So, we’ll just have to appreciate the ingenuity in this work of art and ogle from afar.

 

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4 thoughts on “Lamborghini Sesto Elemento”

  1. Richard Omotayo

    Lamborghini is just a super-phenomenal automobile company. Good insight about the history of Lamborghini too.

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