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Production of the ultra-exclusive Lamborghini Sesto Elemento supercar has kicked off on a bespoke assembly line inside the Italian manufacturer’s Sant’Agata headquarters.

Just 20 of the 999kg track-only matt carbonfibre stealth machines will be produced at Lamborghini’s new Pre-Series Centre – a purpose-built department created for limited production vehicles that demand more attention to detail and human involvement than the standard Aventador and Gallardo models.

The production version of the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento will be almost identical to the prototype that was first unveiled at the 2010 Paris motor show – and made a surprise appearance at last October’s Sydney motor show – with only a few small changes to be made.

In an upcoming edition of an official Audi magazine (first seen by Dutch site Autovisie), Lamborghini research and development chief Maurizio Reggiani said the production models would be stiffer than the prototype and incorporate a structure offering improved overall safety.

The futuristic interior – which features seats that are integrated into the carbonfibre monocoque – will remain intact, with Lamborghini to individually shape each seat with cushions to suit the owner’s driving position.

The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is powered by the same 425kW/540Nm 5.2-litre V10 as the Gallardo LP570-4 Supperleggera, although with 341 fewer kilograms to haul, the Sesto flies from 0-100km/h in just 2.5 seconds and goes on to a top speed in excess of 320km/h.

With an estimated price tag of more than $2 million, production of the Sesto Elemento is a fitting celebration of the raging bull brand’s 50th anniversary in 2013.

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