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Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Production Details Emerge: Report Photo:
 
 
Malcolm Flynn | Jan, 08 2013 | 1 Comment

New details have emerged this week of Lamborghini’s long-awaited Sesto Elemento low-volume supercar.

Detailed in the European edition of the Audi magazine, the report confirms that the sinister-looking Sesto Elemento will be a track-only model - with the 20-strong production-run excluded from road use.

Although produced in the precisely same numbers as the Reventón hardtop of 2008 (which was road registerable), the Sesto Elemento’s track-only status will significantly reduce Lamborghini’s development costs by avoiding international safety regulations.

The Sesto Elemento’s all-carbon fibre chassis would have been costly to crash-certify for road use, compared with the Reventón’s Murcielago-based structure.

Another key reason behind the production Sesto Elemento’s track-only status is its faithfulness to the concept, with several design elements apparently not suited to street use.

Expected to be visually identical to the concept, Lamborghini R&D boss Maurizio Reggiani has indicated that the production model will feature a stiffened chassis - designed to improve handling and the car’s behaviour in a crash.

Detachable crash structures will be used front and rear, along with all-carbon fibre suspension subframes that will help maintain the concept’s amazing sub-1000kg kerb weight.

The production model’s interior will also reportedly remain true to the concept, including seats which are integrated into the floorpan.

This feature will require seat cushioning to be individually tailored to each driver - similar to a single-seat race car.

Power for the production model will be provided by the Gallardo LP-570 Supperleggera’s 420kW 5.2 litre V10, with drive sent to all four wheels via the Gallardo’s E-Gear sequential six speed transmission.

This drivetrain may appear slightly out of sync with the Sesto Elemento’s otherwise outrageous specs, but its light weight and all-paw grip are set to deliver still-outrageous 2.5 second 0-100km/h acceleration.

While we now know what to expect from the production Sesto Elemento, we won't see the first until later in the year - three years after the concept’s Paris Motor Show debut.

The Sesto Elemento’s hand-crafted assembly will be taken care of by Lamborghini’s new Pre-Series Center for low-volume production, prototypes and concepts at its Sant’Agata headquarters.

Pricing remains a mere estimate. However, and at €2 million (AU$2.5 million), those waiting on delivery will be hoping the Sesto Elemento manifests every bit as worthy as as its stratospheric figures suggest (they might also be spending a bit of time organising ready access to a race track).

 
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