5 great curiosities and little-known Lamborghini records
Lamborghini is a brand renowned around the world. However, here are 5 details and records of these Italian racing cars that not everyone knows!
Lamborghini developed this car with the intention of creating a new four-seater gran turismo, with a revolutionary design. the the glazed area is 4.5 square meters, and covers a large part of the roof and butterfly doors.
So much glass also allows you to see a silver leather interior and hexagonal patterns that are repeated throughout the car. Has a two-liter six-cylinder in-line engine developing 175 hp power for 1310 kg weight of the car. In total, a maximum speed of 225 km / h.
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But design is his hallmark, which, as you may have noticed, is somewhat reminiscent of the Delorean DMC-12, Even though it was built over 10 years ago! Has been driven only once by King Rainier III and his wife Grace Kelly as Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix safety car May 7, 1967.
the Lamborghini marzal did not enter the brand’s production chains because the brand manager, himself Ferruccio lamborghini, found the car to be an “obscene vehicle”.
Lamborghini Miura: the car designed by the youngest team in the brand’s history, with an average age of 29
Ferruccio Lamborghini was head on against the race. While Ferrari sold cars to support its motorsport divisions, brand boss del toro said his company would not participate in these activities.
Many engineers (former Ferrari workers) they found themselves very upset by this attitude, and undertook a secret project that Lamborghini later discovered. However, they were allowed to continue.
Thus was born the Lamborghini Miura, in exchange for no racing version currently in production. The team that developed it comes from major universities and one group of talented young people to whom Ferruccio always wanted to offer opportunities.
In 1966, with an average age of only 29 years, underlined the designer Marcello Gandini (28 years old), the test pilot Bob wallace (28 years old), the chief engineer Gian Paolo Dallara (30 years old), which is the owner of the famous Dallara Motorsports brand, which is currently one of the the largest chassis manufacturers in the world; and the engineer assistant Paul stanzani (30 years).
After the project, all these young promises have become real eminences of automotive art to this day in a project that the Italian brand remembers and loves very much.
Speaking of Miura… this is the lowest production car ever!
The 1960s saw the birth of many of the best sports cars of all time, and one of the goals of manufacturers was to make them very slow. For mechanical purposes, this had advantages such as low center of gravity, Who generated traction and could support aero solutions from the body.
But for design purposes, let’s face it, it makes any car look good with good lines. And this was the case with the Miura: the lowest production car to date, just 105.5cm tall.
A feature that ushered in the Lamborghini Miura and that has become a hallmark of the brand for all cars that came later… Except of course, SUVs.
And on the subject of SUVs… The first in history: the Lamborghini LM002
the Lamborghini LM002 started as a project of a versatile for military use, and was presented to Brussels Auto Show in 1986. It was a car at the forefront of the time, in terms of its design, its mechanics and contrary to what the brand had been doing for years.
Its engine was a V12 before the Lamborghini Countach, of five liters and an output of 456 hp at 6800 rpm. This engine was used because in a first version LM001 (named Cheetah) wore a Chrysler V8 engine mounted on rear axle, Who greatly reduced your handling.
Despite its military design, the Lamborghini LM002 entered the market with good equipment. Leather, Tinted glass, audio system, air conditioner… Same Lamborghini asked Pirelli to make special tires for this SUV: the Scorpion Pirelli. Also, there was a order option with 7.2 liter V12.
In short, the father of the current Lamborghini Urus!
Lamborghini Countach: the first car with scissor doors
Lamborghini Countach scissor doors They have become another hallmark of the brand, and its most iconic V12s wear them. And it could not be less, the new Countach LP 800-4 from 2021, which continues the legacy of the 80s model with only 112 units.
And be careful, because this technology was not chosen only for aesthetics. Poor rear visibility of the car it was a challenge when, for example, to park. This type of door opening allows the driver to lean out of the vehicle smooth even in tight spaces.
Although the aesthetics are excellent and have lasted over time with models like the Lamborghini Murcielago, To extinguish, Poison, Centenary and the Lamborghini Aventador. !All V12s with the bull must wear them!
This article was published in Top Gear by Rodrigo García Vita.