Lamborghini keeps a watch on weight
POWER increases are out and weight cuts are in for new-age supercars.
Lamborghini proves it at the Paris Motor Show with the Sesto Elemento, a stunning concept that includes ways in which the weight of cars can be reduced.
The supercar is a one-off, but some features and production techniques could find their way into Lamborghini road cars.
And there is a good chance it is the base for the new Jota, which will take over from the Murcielago.
The Sesto Elemento is mainly carbonfibre with some parts made of a new forged carbon-fibre plastic composite that is stronger than the traditional layered material favoured for its light weight.
A steel rear subframe is still used to support the engine to better handle heat.
Exhausts are made of a lightweight material called Pyrosic, a glass-ceramic composite able to cope with temperature up to 900C.
Even with a V10 engine and an all-wheel drive system, the concept is just 999kg.
That is quite something given the powerplant generates 420kW.
With such a good power-to-weight ratio, the Sesto Elemento can do 0-100km/h in 2.5 seconds.
Stunning: Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann with the lightweight Sesto Elemento concept.