The super-light 999kg all-wheel drive Lamborghini Sesto Elemento takes its name – ‘Sixth Element’ – from its extensive use of carbonfibre.
The extremely strong and lightweight material is incorporated in everything from the monocoque cell, front frame, exterior panels, crash boxes, major suspension components, propeller shaft, and even the wheels.
The car’s exhausts are made from Pyrosic, an advanced glass-ceramic matrix composite reinforced with carbonfibre, which means even less weight while still being able to stand temperatures up to 900-degrees celsius.
Traditional seat rails have been ditched to save kilograms too, with its seats instead affixed directly to the carbonfibre monocoque.
The result of such an aggressive weight loss campaign is 0-100km/h in a Bugatti Veyron-hassling 2.5 seconds, with no small thanks to the Sesto Elemento’s 425kW/540Nm 5.2-litre V10 powerplant and six-speed paddle-shift transmission.
In 2011, following the car’s unveiling at the 2010 Paris motor show, Lamborghini president and CEO Stephan Winkelmann, announced the Sesto Elemento would become a production reality and with global production set for 20 vehicles – and one of the estimated $2 million-plus cars already seen at a Lamborghini dealership in California – this is one extreme supercar that has become more than a mere fantasy.
The Sesto Elemento will be on display at the 2012 Sydney motor show alongside the the Metallic Grey Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 from the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises and a Lamborghini Gallardo 570-4 Spyder Performante (pictured above) until October 21, before moving on for a tour of Hong Kong, the Middle East and Europe when it will be replaced on the stand by a Gallardo LP 550-2 Tricolore.