Lamborghini's Sesto Elemento
Lambo confirm that 20 will be built: take a closer look at the pocket rocket coming our way...
Posted: 15 Sep 2011
So, 999kg. This, probably not coincidentally, is one kilogram less than the weight of Ferrari's 2007 Mille Chili lightweight concept, which posited a similar all-carbon-fibre future, and presaged the foundation of a design lab at the University of Modena dedicated to uncovering new ways of reducing automotive mass. Also in the Modena environs, of course, is Pagani, another carbon-fibre specialist with a big reputation. Woking isn't as glamorous, but it's where McLaren is currently ramping up production of its MP4-12C, underpinned by its clever single-piece RTM (resin transfer moulded) carbon tub.
BMW, meanwhile, recently announced a joint venture with the SGL group for the production of carbon fibre for use in its upcoming Megacity vehicle. The bigger the volumes, the more economically viable it becomes. Against this frenzy of activity, what makes the Sesto Elemento so special?