Lamborghini keeps a watch on weight

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Paris Motor Show - — James Stan­ford

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.

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