Supercar Icon Ferruccio Lamborghini Entered into the Automotive Hall of Fame
The "raging bull" himself receives a long deserved spot of recognitionby Justin Ortiz, on
After nearly sixty years since the founding of Automobili Lambrghini, Ferruccio Lamborghini is being recognized for his creation of one of the most desirable luxury sports car brands on the market.
Mr. Lamborghini inducted into automotive hall of fame
The year was 1963 when Ferruccio Lamborghini began a company, bearing his name, that would develop into one of the most desirable super sports car manufacturers in the world. Over fifty years later, Mr. Lamborghini has been inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame at a recent ceremony on July 21. Ferruccio was recognized for his basis on which he started the Lamborghini brand - to make a better V-12 GT car than Ferrari.
While Ferruccio Lamborghini left us in 1993, his legacy continues on today as the Lamborghini brand has expanded to new heights while retaining its iconic V-12 engine.
why did Ferruccio Lamborghini transition to making cars
Mr. Lamborghini did not start out wanting to build sports cars though, as his first company was Lamborghini Trattori in 1948. Translation, Lamborghini Tractors. Through his successful business making these farm machines, Lamborghini purchased what he saw as a dream car in 1958, a Ferrari 250GT, a car that has seen its value skyrocket to over $40 million in recent auctions.
Unfortunately for Ferruccio, his shiny new Ferrari faced clutch issues that, when under repair in his workshop, the idea for a sports car marque emerged. His tractor workshop staff noticed the Ferrari had various parts that could be found in a Lamborghini tractor. Unimpressed, Lamborghini vowed to create an Italian sports car that was the best of the best, and obviously did not have tractor parts.
From there, Automobilli Lamborghini faced an uphill battle to produce such a car, a better V-12 GT than what Ferrari had to offer. The brand started life with the 350GT, the upgraded GTV, and then the 400GT. Though these models are not what put Lamborghini on the map. The unveiling of the 1966 Miura began to open eyes to Lamborghini, equipped with a mid-mounted V-12 and a fabulous design. From there, iconic models such as theCountach, Diablo, Murcielago, and the modern Aventador have continued the brand’s V-12 legacy while serving as poster cars for generations of automotive enthusiasts.
Today, Lamborghini is flourishing under the massive Volkswagen Auto Group, with direct management under Audi AG. Two CEOs, Stefano Domenicali and Stephan Winkelman, have transformed the brand in the past two decades. Sales have increased over 300-percent, new product lines like the Gallardo, Huracan, Aventador, and Urus SUV, and the brand has expanded into specialty racing and customization areas.
In the future,the brand will try and keep its V-12 engine as long as possible despite electrification efforts, as it has been a staple of the Lamborghini marque since its founding. And when it comes to building an exclusive, ear-pleasing exotic supercar, no one does it like Lamborghini.
Source: Automotive Hall of Fame