Lamborghini as you already probably know is a luxury car manufacturer famed for producing incredibly high-performing sports cars and SUVs. They pride themselves on creating the very best cars that not only perform well but look astonishing. A good example of a car that fits this profile is the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento.
Considered to be one of if not the most impressive cars Lamborghini has ever produced, the Sesto Elemento is a limited edition, high-performance track car that made its debut at the Paris Motor Show in 2010. With only 20 units in existence, it is such a rare model that most of us can only ever dream of seeing one. That doesn’t mean we can’t still talk about it a lot, and let’s face it, this car deserves to be talked about.
If you love all things cars or simply have a dream of owning a Lamborghini one day, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog we will talk about all things Sesto Elemento, looking at its design specifications and best features.
Without further ado let’s take a look at Lamborghini’s Sesto Elemento!
The Sesto Elemento was released to the world in 2010. It is a car designed for the sole purpose of creating an indescribable driving experience. Unfortunately, only a select few people will ever have the pleasure of experiencing how this car drives as only 20 cars were ever made. On top of that the Sesto Elemento which means “sixth element” in relation to the atomic number for carbon, can only be used as a track car.
The reason for this is that the car is nearly entirely made out of carbon fiber making it super lightweight. On top of that, the car is simply too fast. With a top speed of 350 km/h, the Sesto Elemento can do 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds, which is faster than any other Lamborghini car.
To sum the design of the Sesto Elemento up in a few words, we would say it is futuristic, yet familiar. It definitely has the familiar Lamborghini shape, but also strays from the brand’s identity slightly, showing us what future Lamborghini’s may look like.
Despite there being no sign of the badge on or in the car, the Sesto Elemento is based on the famous Lamborghini Gallardo. However, there is one major difference. The Sesto Elemento has a bespoke body made completely out of carbon fiber. The name Sesto Elemento actually translates to “sixth element”. This is a reference to the carbon fiber used.
The Sesto Elemento has a mid-engine layout and a very short rear overhang, which seems to make the car more compact. The Lamborghini brand loves wedgy shapes but with this car, they take things to the next level with even more put into the design.
There are also a variety of air vents, spoilers, and interesting triangular elements that protrude from its body.
Another neat design feature is the fast racing-type refueling system and an open rear that gives spectators a clear view of the exhaust and transmission system.
The cabin in the Sesto Elemento is extremely unique compared to the Gallardo. This is mostly because it doesn’t have any comfort features other Lamborghini’s have. To keep weight down Lamborghini has made an essentials only Sesto Elemento interior that is devoid of any road car comforts.
Inside the car, you will simply find a steering wheel, speedometer, a handful of cockpit controls, and of course the seat. Though this may seem disappointing, this supercar is made with speed in mind, not comfort. The absence of comfort features reduces the car’s weight making it even quicker.
In the next part of this article, we will take a look at some of the most important and impressive features this car has on offer.
Sesto Elemento Specs
The carbon fiber hood on the Sesto Elemento hides a 5.2-liter V-10 super engine that unleashes 570 HP with a weight-to-power ratio of 1.75kg/HP. This along with a super lightweight weight of 999kg and a permanent all-wheel drive helps the car accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds, making it the fastest accelerating car Lamborghini has ever made.
To create such a high-performing, high-tech car at such a lightweight, Lamborghini had to get their use of carbon fiber spot on. By looking at the final product it is fair to say they did. Almost everything in the car is made of strong, ultra-light carbon fiber.
Even the bodywork is devoid of paint. Instead, it is made of carbon fiber and a special plastic covered in thin glossy paint containing reflective micro-crystals.
Sensationally the carbon fiber material the car was made out of was developed by the Lamborghini research team and Boeing. Together they produced a carbon fiber monocoque and frame. They also produced the main suspension elements, driveshaft, and rims.
The Sesto Elemento is equipped with the very latest supercar technology to help improve performance even more. One fantastic addition to the car is its quick transmission. The Sesto Elemento is fitted with Lamborghini’s 6-speed e-gear automated and manual transmission.
This transmission is useful because it provides gear changes a lot quicker than could be possible if the driver was using a manual shift.
The driver shifts through the gears by using paddles that sit behind the steering wheel. Alternatively, they can put the car in automatic mode via the gear selector. This will make the car automatically change gear for you.
One of the biggest features of the Sesto Elemento doesn’t have anything to do with how the car looks or drives. Instead, it is how exclusive the car is. As we mentioned earlier only 20 examples of this car were produced.
This makes them extremely limited edition, giving only a few the chance to experience its speed. On top of that, the car can’t be driven on the road therefore it is unlikely most people will ever see one in person.
These factors make the car highly sought after because people like to be able to say they own something nobody else can have. As of today, Lamborghini has sold every Sesto Elemento they made. This only makes them rarer and more exclusive.
Our Final Thoughts on the Sesto Elemento
The Sesto Elemento is one of, if not the most impressive supercar Lamborghini has ever produced. The limited edition track car may not be able to go on the road but that doesn’t stop it from still being a highly luxurious, incredibly high performing car.
Being made nearly entirely out of carbon fiber makes the car super lightweight. This along with the inclusion of a 5.2 liter V10 engine and a minimalist interior devoid of comfort and extra weight makes the car the best Lamborghini has made in relation to acceleration. Amazingly, the Sesto Elemento can go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.5 seconds, reaching top speeds of 350 km/hr.
Solely designed for intense, exhilarating driving this supercar certainly does what it was designed for. Anybody lucky enough to experience the thrill of driving this car, never mind owning one is in for a real treat.
Sadly, most of us will never get the opportunity to even set our eyes on the Sesto Elemento, but that shouldn’t stop us from dreaming. In fact, it should do the opposite because this more unique style of Lamborghini sports car might be giving us a glimpse into what the future holds for the Lamborghini brand.