Carbon fibre is key in the new Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept
After a series of teaser images and one fuzzy leaked pic, we have the full details and official photos of the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept (Sixth Element Concept).
The new Lamborghini uses carbon fibre technology to claim a weight of just 999kg. Compare that to the Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera weight of 1340kg and it's a significant crash diet.
Taking up a chunk of that weight is a naturally-aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine from the Superleggera, putting out 419kW (562hp) and permanent all-wheel drive. This equates to a power-to-weight ratio of 1.75kg per horsepower.
0 to 100kph reportedly takes 2.5 seconds and top speed is more than 300kph.
In the press statement, Lamborghini states that it is "the only vehicle manufacturer in the world to have mastered the complete CFRP (carbon-fiber reinforced plastics) process across a range of technologies, from 3D design through simulation, validation, production and testing – all in a state-of-the-art industrial process that stands for the very highest quality standards." The result, "an unbelievable degree of driving fun, concentrated on absolutely sensational dynamics."
As well as the carbon fibre monocoque cell, the material is utilised in the front frame structure, exterior panels and crash boxes. Carbon fibre is also used in major suspension components, wheels and the drive shaft. Other materials such as Pyrosic, which is an advanced glass-ceramic matrix composite, is used in the tailpipes.
The Sesto Elemento is finished in a new, matt-shimmer clear coat, meaning that the CFRP structure can be seen throughout. Lamborghini says that during the final stage of production, the carbon fibre parts receive a special coat, adding fine crystals with a red shimmer. Surfaces covered with this type of finish glow red.
One of the highlights of the concept is the interior - it's all carbon fibre, including the center console, dash panel and seats. The seat cushions as fastened to the seat structures molded into the carbon fibre monocoque.
Lamborghini gives no hints of an impending model to come out of this concept, except stating repeatedly this is how the future of a supercar can look. However, it does acknowledge this technology will be applied to all future Lamborghinis.
“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.