It’s very rare that you see The Stig lose control of a car, let alone one with the sheer power of a Lamborghini . If we’ve come to know anything about Top Gear’s tame racing driver, it’s that he rarely makes any mistakes when it he sits behind the wheel of any car.
But the improbable happened in a recent episode of Top Gear. Not only did he spin out on a car, he did it on one of the rarest exotics in the world, the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento .
People eventually found out that the world was round and now, we also found out that The Stig is human after all.
The Stig spinning out rarely happens. In fact, before doing it on the Sesto Elemento, the only time the masked driver did it was with a Koenigsegg CCX some years back, an episode that infamously led to the Swedish automaker installing a rear wing to add downforce to the CCX.
In this case, downforce wasn’t the issue that resulted in the Sesto Elemento spinning off the track. A high-speed left turn just caused The Stig to lose control, sending the ultra-limited Lambo into the grass, damaging the underside.
It’s tough seeing The Stig lose control of a car like the Sesto Elemento. It’s like watching Jay-Z mix up his lyrics during a live concert.
But even the best fall down sometimes and we’ve no doubts that The Stig can bounce back from this like nothing ever happened.
Click past the jump to read about the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
The "Need for Speed" movie has been getting plenty of publicity the past few days. A day after it was announced that the Ford Mustang will play a starring role in the movie, a new video "Making-Of" trailer was released on the "Need for Speed" YouTube channel. And it shows quite a lot of carnage of the supercar variety.
But what really caught our eye was the untimely demise of the P1, which made us wonder if all those supercars in the movie are actually replicas instead of the real thing.
Now, we wouldn’t put it past Dreamworks Studios and Electronic Arts to get the real McCoys, but if you watch the video and see what happened to the $1.15 million P1, you’re gonna start wondering about the studios plans for these cars.
Click past the jump to watch the trailer and watch out for the P1 doing a real-looking crash
The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is limited to only 20 units - all of which are already sold out - each carrying a price tag of around $2.2 million, so having the chance to see one of the street is pretty much impossible. But, YouTube user, Vesuvius TOH, was lucky enough to be at an event at Nevada’s Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch where he filmed one of the 20 supercars in action on the racetrack.
The Sesto Elemento is powered by a 5.2-liter V-10 engine that delivers a total of 570 horsepower. With this power, the supercar sprints from 0 to 60 mph in a sensational 2.5 seconds with a top speed higher than 200 mph.
The supercar is called Sesto Elemento because it is mainly developed out of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP), which helps keep the weight down to an amazing 2,202 pounds.
Check the video to see how the Sesto Elemento performs on the racetrack
When Lamborghini announced that it was commemorating its 50th anniversary with style reserved only for the Italian automaker, a lot of people were expecting the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento to finally show its production face. Well, you’re going to get your wish.
Each priced at around $2.2 million and limited to only 20 units, the Sesto Elemento will be produced at five different build stations at the automaker’s new Pre-Series Center. Once each Sesto Elemento is ready, Lambo will use 24 bright lights to inspect every nook and cranny of the supercar to ensure that there are no imperfections.
Unfortunately, each of the 20 Sesto Elementos already have an owner, so if you’re looking to score one, your best bet is to probably give the reserved owner an offer he can’t refuse.
For those that don’t recall, the Sesto Elemento weighs in at a svelte 999 pounds and carries a V-10 engine that twists out 570 Nm (420 pound-feet) of torque. With its powerful V-10 engine and lightweight carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastic body, the Sesto Elemento can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.5 seconds and can hit a top speed in excess of 320 km/h (198 mph).
Oh the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento , how we love thee. At $2.5 million and not even legal for street use, it is a pipe dream for 99.9 percent of the world. And only about 1 percent of that 0.1 percent would actually buy one. So that makes it one of the sickest cars to date.
There have been very few videos of this ultra-rare, ultra-expensive supercar and even fewer that actually show this beast running and moving. We got to see only a few seconds of it running and revving when Jay Leno met up with the Lambo Brass, but that just wasn’t enough for us. Now a fine videographer, BrianZuk, has managed to get us the shot we all want – The all carbon-fiber, 999 kg (2,202 lb) Sesto Elemento running and moving.
In the video, you not only get to hear its 570-horsepower race-tuned Gallardo engine, which makes a phenomenal noise, but you may also notice the taillights doing a little strobe deal. No, Lambo isn’t planning on rolling out the Sesto rocking strobe lights in full rave-party fashion. Rather our investigative skills discovered that LED lights actually multiplex (flash) when they are run at 60 Hz, which helps save power. The average camera’s frame rate is too slow and actually picks up this flashing though you will never see it in person.
Disclaimer: We know precisely jack squat about LED lights. We got this information courtesy of some dude that claims he owns an LED shop.
What makes the video is at about the 54-second mark we also get to see the Sesto Elemento hit the streets, though the driver never gets it over about 20 mph. It’s funny to see the driver needing guided over a very, very low bump in the road – no larger than two No. 2 pencils laying on top of each other. That just shows how low this car really is.
What an impressive hunk of machinery. We can’t wait to see these things on GT Circuits around the world. We wonder how long it’ll be before someone puts up a hoon video featuring this multi-million-dollar beast.
Lamborghini has already confirmed that theSesto Elemento will indeed be headed to the production line, albeit in a very limited run. With such a minute number being produced, anyone would be hard-pressed to get know when Lamborghini is even actively selling it, let alone be able to grab hold of one of those units. The task of purchasing an Elemento got even harder as a high-end dealership in La Jolla, just north of San Diego, confirmed that Lamborghini was already accepting orders for the car and that only three units were headed over to the United States.
The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento will be offered at a princely sum and rumors suggest that payment will be taken Reventon-style, which means three equal payments of $300,000 or higher with the remainder being paid at the end of the deal. That kind of price tag will bring its owner a 570 HP V10 engine and a power-to-weight ratio of only 1.75 kilograms per HP. This allows the Sesto Elemento to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a sensational 2.5 seconds, while top speed will be higher than 186 mph.
Anyone willing and able to pay that incredible price tag better have their phone in hand and their bank account numbers handy.
UPDATE 08/21/2012: The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento was on display at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours where Lambo representatives have confirmed that the model is priced at a cool $2.2 million. Anyone lucky enough to scrap together enough cash will still be heartbroken when they hear that all 20 units have already been sold. (GT Spirit)
Hit the jump for more details on the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
As if Lamborghini needed any more help developing super-fast cars that can nearly keep pace with F1 racecars, it is now dedicating an entire facility to developing and researching new cars. Yep, Lamborghini has just opened up its Prototype and Concept Devel opment Center – that’s Sviluppo prototipi e vetture pre serie in Italian – to help it develop and test its new concept cars.
An important feature to this facility is that it also houses a miniature assembly line. This allows engineers to monitor exactly how new cars come together and what flaws develop in the manufacturing process. This small assembly line will also be responsible for running off Lamborghini’s limited production models, like the upcoming and non-street-legal production Sesto Elemento.
This is truly an impressive show of dedication to manufacturing only the best vehicles that are as flawless as they possibly can be, but also looks like a huge waste of money. Then again, who are we to question Lamborghini’s ways? There is obviously reasoning behind this dedicated factory, we just don’t see its real-life purpose just yet.
On an aside, Lamborghini reps are also touting the construction of the building itself, as it is the first ever multi-story industrial building that earned a “Class A” energy certification. So, not only will this building build some of the baddest concept cars ever made, but it will conserve energy in the process.
Ever since Stephan Winkelmann confirmed that the stunning Sesto Elemento was in fact heading to production in very limited numbers, very little news about the car has been released. Until now.
Before we get to the juicy details, let’s just recap what we have already known for months. First and foremost, we can confirm that the Sesto Elemento will be produced in a run of just 20 units , with each set to feature almost identical bodywork to that of the original concept. Additionally, we’ve previously confirmed that the car will feature the same 5.2-liter V10 borrowed from the Gallardo which the concept implemented.
Furthermore, we also know that the car should launch from 0-62 mph in just 2.5 seconds, but apart from those aforementioned details, very little is known about the car. However, thanks to a report at Automobile Magazine additional details about the Sesto have finally come out of the shadows.
Previously, it was speculated that the production variant would be road-legal, but if AM is correct, the Sesto Elemento will be limited to track-use and will hit a top speed of 219 mph, rather than the approximate 186 mph figure which was once expected.
Conjointly, Automobile Magazine reports that the Sesto will be priced at just under $2.5 million, rather than the previous $3.44 million rumored figure, although we cannot confirm the legitimacy of that claim.
Finally, the Sesto Elemento is expected to hit production in 2013, meaning a debut of the production variant is likely to be slated for late this year.
Every once in a while, Lamborghini comes out with a special edition model that will knock your socks off. Back in 2008, it was the Reventon and in 2011, they debuted the Sesto Elemento , both limited to just 20 units. But Lamborghini seems to be far from finished.
In a recent interview with AutoCar, company boss Stephan Winkelmann confirmed that the company has plans to develop more special edition supercars.
"Once in a while we should do one-offs or special edition. In this case we made the concept and then got enough interest in it to make a limited run. If the car meets the image of Lamborghini and there is demand, we will build them."
"The key is that every car we build meets the emotional standards of our company, and that it is profitable. We build the cars of dreams for car lovers, and that must stay core to the brand."
Profitable may be one thing, but wildly expensive is another. Winkelmann also stated that Lamborghini has gone as far as they could with the Sesto Elemento: "To build something lighter with a car such as this would be too expensive."
One of the first big pieces of news to come out of the Frankfurt Motor Show has come from Lamborghini . Hold on to your seats, fellas, because the Italian automaker has officially - we reiterate that: OFFICIALLY - given the go-signal for the production of the Sesto Elemento supercar.
The word comes straight from the mouth of Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann - doesn’t get any more official than that - confirming what has been rumored for a few months now.
The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is a special supercar along the lines of the Reventon, carrying a massive 5.2-liter V10 engine that produces 570 horsepower while boasting of a 0-60 mph time of just 2.5 seconds.
Winkelmann also announced that the production version of the Sesto Elemento will come with the same bodywork as that of the concept version. Modifications will still be added to the production version that will allow the supercar to satisfy road safety guidelines.
Anybody interested in making a run for the 20 units Lamborghini is going to make available will have to shell out around $3 million for the limited edition supercar.