Finally, the wait is over. After 6 tantalizing teaser images and one leaked, we have the full details and high res photos of the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept (Sixth Element Concept).
Utilizing advanced carbon fiber construction technology, the demonstration vehicle has a curb weight of just 999 kilograms (2,202 lbs) compared to the Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera's dry weight of 1,340 kg (2954 lbs). Included in that mass is a naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine also from the LP 570-4 Superleggera with 570 PS (419 kW / 562 bhp) and permanent all-wheel drive which renders a power-to-weight ratio of only 1.75 kilograms per horsepower. 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) takes only 2.5 seconds and top speed is well above 300 km/h (186 mph) - previously reported as 350 km/h (217.5 mph). These are just the surface highlights.
Below the surface, Lamborghini lays claim to being a worldwide leader in carbon-fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) technology and backs it up with the radical extreme lightweight concept as its proof. In the press statement Lamborghini states they are, "the only vehicle manufacturer in the world to have mastered the complete CFRP 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."
The carbon fiber structure not only includes the monocoque cell but extends to the front frame structure, exterior panels and crash boxes. Elsewhere, carbon fiber is 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 Sixth Element Concept uses the triangle shape as a prevailing design theme. Examples of its use can be found in the diamond cut headlamps, deep openings in the hood, door handles, side panel openings and mirror stalks. Coated in a matt-shimmer clear coat with red tinted crystals, the carbon fiber weave is visible throughout with a red glow.
One of the highlights of the concept is the interior. Conventional trim panels have no place here as the composite tub forms the entire interior structure including the center console, dash panel and seats. The seat cushions as fastened directly to the seat structures molded into the carbon fiber monocoque. Looking around the interior from the roof to the floor and doors, all you see is carbon fiber.
Lamborghini gives no hints of an impending model to come forth from this concept except by stating repeatedly this is how the future of a super car can look. However, they leave room for speculation by acknowledging this technology will be applied to all future Lamborghinis.
Check out the press release for the full details.