Lamborghini is 50 years old this year and to celebrate this special milestone in its history, the company has created the Veneno, a model so exclusive that only 3 units will be offered for sale. And they’re already sold at 3 million euros each – that’s about RM12.119 million!
‘Veneno’ is the name of one of the strongest and most aggressive fighting bulls ever. He is also famous for being one of the fastest bulls in the history of bullfighting. His name became popular in 1914, when he fatally wounded a famous bullfighter.
Though virtually its entire design is a no-compromise engineering wonder and akin to a prototype racing car, it actually has the required safety equipment and meets emission standards to be road-legal.
The Veneno features a 6.5-litre, 750 bhp, 12-cylinder engine, a 7-speed ISR transmission with 5 driving modes and permanent all-wheel drive, as well as a racing chassis with pushrod suspension and horizontal spring/damper units. Claimed performance: 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 355 km/h.
The Veneno benefits from the very special expertise that Lamborghini possesses in the development and execution of carbonfibre materials – the complete chassis is produced as a CFRP monocoque, as is the outer skin of this extreme sportscar. The inside, too, features innovative, Lamborghini-patented materials such as Forged Composite and CarbonSkin.
The Veneno brings the aerodynamic efficiency of a racing prototype to the road. Every detail of its form pursues a clear function – exceptional dynamics, optimum downforce with minimal drag and perfect cooling of the high-performance engine. Yet the Veneno is unmistakably a Lamborghini; it sticks firmly to the consistent design philosophy of all the super sportscars the company has dazzled the world with over 50 years.
The entire front end of the Veneno has been laid out for perfect airflow and downforce. The front end works as a large aerodynamic wing. Large channels guide the air to the outlets in the bonnet and in front of the windscreen, as well as to the front wheels. Characteristic for Lamborghini is the Y shape of the angular headlamps that reach well into the fenders as well as the scissor doors.
The division of the fenders from the car body is a reference to the world of sport prototypes and optimizes at the same time the aerodynamic flow. The side line of the Veneno is therefore dominated by enormous sills and the mighty wheel arches front and rear. Here, too, sophisticated aerodynamics ensure perfect airflow to the large openings for engine cooling and intake air.
Just like the front end, the rear of the Veneno has also been optimized for underbody aerodynamics and high speed cornering stability. The smooth underbody transitions into a substantial diffuser framing the four sizable exhaust pipes divided by a splitter to increase the level of downforce peak.
Large openings serve to ventilate the engine bay and manage the airflow to the rear wing, with the only sealed area at the rear being reserved for the license plate. The rear lights, including brake lights, indicator lights and fog lights, pick up the Y theme (which resembles bulls-horns) as well. The engine cover sports 6 wedge-shaped openings, with the focus here, too, on optimum dissipation of heat from the engine. The engine cover extends into a large central “shark” fin, which improves efficiency during braking and rear-end stability, by delivering additional downforce at high yaw angles and thus increasing the high-speed cornering performance.
The exclusive alloy wheels measure 20 inches at the front and 21 inches at the rear and are equipped with centre mountings. Their design is also determined by aerodynamic functionality – a carbon-fibre ring around the wheel rim works like a turbine to deliver additional cooling air to the carbon-ceramic brake discs.
The Veneno is painted in an all-new, grey metallic-look colour with individual parts gleaming in the black of the visible carbon-fibre structure. The only car to display all three colours of the Italian flag as an accent is the car shown at Geneva, the unit which will remain property of Lamborghini. The three cars sold to customers each feature a single colour of the Italian national flag, together a trilogy in green, white and red accents and thus representing each a unique piece.
The racing personality has been transferred also to the instrument panel. Thanks to aggressive graphics and to the introduction of some additional features like the G-meter, all necessary information is presented to the driver for control of the car.
With a dry weight of just 1,450 kgs, the Veneno is even 125 kgs lighter than the already extremely lean Aventador. The highly beneficial power-to-weight ratio of 1.93 kg/bhp means performance levels that are superlative in every sense.
The Veneno displayed at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show is also a Lamborghini test vehicle. Its future has not been determined yet, but it will allow Lamborghini to continue its activity of testing and innovation, both on the road and on the race track. The other three exclusive units will be produced in the course of the year and delivered to their future owners.
[by Chips Yap]