Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
October 15, 2010
Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A made its new technology the centerpiece of its Sesto Elemento concept, which was introduced September 30 at the Paris auto show.
The car uses carbon fiber for the passenger compartment, the front and rear-end structures, suspension components, the interior, all exterior panels, and suspension components. Even the tailpipe is made from a carbon and glass-ceramic composite. The process, called “directed carbon-fiber pre-forming,” adds a very small amount of cobalt to the carbon fiber. The company then can robotically shoot a fine stream of carbon fiber into a magnetized mold at a rate of 6 kilograms per minute.
The Sesto Elemento concept car weighs 999kg, about 340kg lighter than the current Gallardo LP Superleggera.