Special operations and prototype cars, like the scorching Lamborghini Sesto Elemento will now be built in a stand-alone facility for Lamborghini. Opened last week as the ‘Prototype and Concept Development Center’ – or ‘Sviluppo Prototipi e Vetture pre Serie’ in Italian, it is seen as a way of continuing to build bespoke, limited edition cars without disturbing the everyday workforce at Lamborghini. Yes, building those other Lambos must get so boring.
This operation was set into motion by the success of the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento concept car of the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The response to that car was so rapturous that Lamborghini decided to build 20 units for VIP customers at a reputed price of over €2 million.
With Lamborghini claiming 425 kW from its re-tuned Gallardo engine and a sensational power-to-weight ratio thanks to its use of carbon fibre, the Sesto Elemento track day car will be able to sprint 100 km/h in only 2.5 seconds. That makes it the fastest accelerating Lamborghini ever. The 2012 Aventador J concept being another that surely owes its existence to the new facility.
Only the highest skilled Lamborghini engineers and technicians will be working on the new models coming out of the facility. It is also claimed that thanks to the demand for bespoke cars these days, the special operations unit will most likely make more money than their normal production vehicles.
The exotic car maker only produced about 1 600 supercars last year, a figure significantly less than Ferrari, so you could say that these new cars are going to be very special indeed. We implore them to please, please, pretty please build a production version of the four-door Estoque from 2008.