After leaking a series of teaser photos since last week, Lamborghini has finally released details on their Sesto Elemento concept car. Sesto Elemento means “sixth element” in Italian, and the car’s name is a tribute to the extensive use of carbon fiber throughout the vehicle. Carbon, after all, is the sixth element of the periodic table, and there’s no such thing as too much carbon fiber if you ask me.
Thanks to the sixth-element-diet, the Sesto Elemento weighs in at just 2,200 pounds. Using the 5.2 liter V10 from the Gallardo Superleggera gives the Sesto Elemento 570 horsepower, for a motorcycle like power to weight ratio of 3.86 pounds per horsepower. Lamborghini claims that’s good enough to get the Sesto Elemento from zero to sixty in under 2.5 seconds, on the way to a top speed “well in excess of” 190 miles per hour. Since the car is built primarily of carbon fiber and doesn’t offer too many reflective surfaces, I’d bet it’s damn near invisible to police radar as well.
For now the Sesto Elemento is just a concept, but Lamborghini has sunk an amazing amount of time and effort into its development. I’d be very surprised if the car didn’t see production, perhaps with a slightly less aggressive (and controversial) body.