Under the all carbon fiber bodywork of the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento lies a 5.2 litre V10 which produces 570 horsepower. Coupled with an overall weight of just 999 kgs (2,202 lbs) this powerplant can propel the car to 62 mph (100km/h) in just 2.5 seconds – which is unbelievably quick, and way faster than any current Lamborghini.
The monocoque chassis of the Sesto Elemento is made from the stuff, as is the entire front frame, the exterior panels and crash structure. The Sesto Elemento’s major suspension components and the rims are also made from carbon fiber. The tailpipes are made from Pyrosic, which is an advanced glass-ceramic matrix composite, able to reach and stand very high temperatures up to 900 degrees celsius. Even the propeller shaft is made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic.
The body of the Sesto Elemento – which in English means ‘sixth element’, the atomic number for carbon – is made almost entirely from carbon fibre. Even the exhaust pipes are as advanced as can be, made from a special high-temperature composite called Pyrosic.
Thanks to its ultra-light construction, the Sesto Elemento weighs in at just 999kg. Power is provided by the Gallardo Superleggera’s 425kW V10 engine, sent to all four wheels via Lamborghini’s permanent all-wheel-drive system. Torque is listed as 540Nm at 6400rpm.
In keeping with Lamborghini’s new philosophy that sees advanced construction techniques and handling take the priority away from raw power, the Sesto Elemento’s lightweight body sees it virtually teleport to 100km/h in ‘less than’ 2.5 seconds – putting it on par with the 883kW W16-powered Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.