In Dubai, the Lamborghini Aventador serves as a police car, but in Bologna, the supercar has a different, but equally special purpose. It serves as a "Follow Me" vehicle to guide taxiing aircraft. The Aventador Follow Me will act as a guide car from May 6th to May 19th as a publicity stunt for the company’s 50th anniversary.
The Aventador Follow Me Car features a white and red exterior theme and features a light bar on the roof to help guide the aircraft. Everything else remains unchanged, including the V-12 engine found under the hood.
This means that at the airport, the Aventador will unleash its usual 700 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque. With this power, the car can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds while topping out at 217 mph.
Plenty fast to guide aircraft…
Click past the jump to read more about Lamborghini’s other ways to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Okay, for ease of understanding we always just place Lamborghini under Volkswagen AG’s umbrella, but in reality, VW owns 99 percent of Audi AG who in turn owns Lamborghini... got it? In a third party, back-door kinda way, yes, VW does own Lamborghini... sort of. So earlier in the year, we mentioned that Audi had secured the Italian motorcycle builder, Ducati, for about $1 billion.
According to Audi’s financial report, it is not the owner of Ducati. How in the world does that kind of error slip through the cracks, right? Well, apparently, Audi follows the same school of thought as its parent company, Volkswagen AG, and tries to push the bounds of legality to get things done, a la Porsche getting a share of VW to exempt VW from paying taxes on the buyout.
Instead of Audi buying Ducati, Lamborghini actually bought it. This does two things for VW, Audi, and Lamborghini. First, it allows it to retain its Italian roots and secondly, it helps push Lamborghini’s overall fuel economy and emissions closer to the European standards that have plagued it in recent years.
So VW has found a way to slither its way through the EU rulebook and find a way around a very important law. Touché, VW, we bow to your supreme rule-bending abilities and the way you do it without us even noticing sometimes.
The Lamborghini Aventador is far from a popular supermarket product that’s been priced half-off and is flying off of the shelves. Of course, there’s still something to be said for a supercar that costs a tad under $400,000 to have the kind of demand it has.
The supercar is just a little over a year old, but Lamborghini is already celebrating breaking the 1000-mode threshold of the Aventador. That’s right, Lamborghini Aventador number 1000 has rolled out of the production block.
The lucky owner of the 1000th Aventador - A German architect - was given the keys to his milestone supercar by no less than Lamborghini president and CEO, Stephan Winkelmann. The car is finished in the Argos Orange body color that was one of the first colors Lamborghini used on the supercar.
Here’s the most impressive part: orders for the supercar are full for the next year-and-a-half, which means that Lamborghini will have their hands full for quite some time just to meet customer demand of their latest pride and joy. If they keep this up, there’s no telling how fast it’s going to take for the Aventador to blow the Murcielago’s record of 4,099 units built.
When the time comes that Lamborghini introduces variants of the Aventador, expect sales to pick up even more, prompting us to believe that it’s only a matter of time before Lamborghini builds 4,100 models of the Aventador.
Only a matter of time.
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 Development 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.
Everyone’s favorite trio since the Three Stooges is back in the headlines after a few months of relative obscurity.
Yes, friends; Clarkson, Hammond, and May are coming back for the 18th season of Top Gear and one of the first segments that has been leaked out is a real doozy. The trio was recently spotted filming a segment for Top Gear in Rome, Italy with a trio of exotics that would make any car-loving individual turn green envy.
Check out the digs the boys have in their hands - a Lamborghini Aventador, a Noble M600, and a McLaren MP4-12C - and tell us that you don’t want to just to beat up these guys and run away with their supercars.
Thoughts of violence aside, we’re actually pretty happy to see these guys back in action. We don’t know what kind of gimmick they have for those three exotics, but considering their long and rather infamous history with the cars they drive on the show, anything short of memorable will be a disappointment.
While we await for the season to kick off at the break of 2012, we can sit down and enjoy this video of the three supercars being prepped for the three luckiest men on the planet.
There’s nothing like a good ten-minute video of one of our favorite supercars doing some laps around Monza to kick-off the new year on a rev-piercing note.
Courtesy of Marchettino, this video features a Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 running around in it’s natural habitat: a race track free of speed limits, traffic lights, and radar guns. Free from everything that could inhibit its glorious power, the Murcielago lets loose around the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza in Italy, showcasing that ear-splitting power like only a Murcielago can. The sound that comes out of the pouncing Lamborghini supercar is music to our ears, one that we highly suggest you give a listen to as well.
We’re not going to see a whole lot more of these babies considering that Lamborghini has officially discontinued the model with a successor – the Aventador LP700-4 – already in the works. So consider this a swan song for one of our favorite supercar models of all time. It’s a good ten minutes with the Murcielago LP640 to kick-off 2011.
Turn up the speakers and enjoy the video!
As a fitting tribute to one of its most successful models, Lamborghini commemorated the Murcielago’s end of production with a special exhibition and parade along the streets of its hometown in Sant’Agata Bolognese.
First built in 2001, the Murcielago enjoyed tremendous success from Lamborghini fans and supercar aficionados, spawning a number of different variations including the 2008 LP640 Roadster Versace Edition, the 2009 LP650-4 Roadster, and the 2009 LP670-4 SuperVeloce. After nine years in production, Lamborghini officially ended the supercar’s production on May 11, 2010.
To celebrate the occasion, Lamborghini rolled out a lot of its iconic V12 models for the exhibition and parade. Among the cars participating in the event included some of Lamborghini’s finest like the 350GT, the Miura, the Countach, and the Diablo, all of which served as escorts to the Murcielago SuperVeloce that went out of Lamborghini’s factory and out into the streets of Sant’Agata for its ceremonial “last ride”.
Let me tell you, when you foolishly decide to drive your cars way past the speed limit in Italy, this is one police car that you don’t want to be chasing you. Trust us, unless you have a rocket of a supercar in your hands, you’re not going to be able to last in a car chase.
It’s not often that we get to see a Lamborghini police car, although there are a number of them in police departments all over the world. This particular one, though, is a Gallardo LP560-4, one of two Lamborghinis that were donated to the Italian police by the supercar maker. Moreover, this is the only one left of the two as the other one suffered a pretty serious car crash about a year ago.
So as you can see, the mere sight of the car draws either pained expressions of fear if it’s chasing you down the highway or wide-eyed glee if you get a chance to see it stretch its legs in a racetrack like Monza.
Fortunately, the ever reliable Marchettino was able to capture the Lambo super police car in action at the track doing what comes naturally to it: rocketing around the pit lane and the track while being joined by its supercar brethren.
Like it or not, the day of big and bulky vehicles is slowly coming to an end. Not that we’re sad about it because we’re not. Big and bulky doesn’t equate to light and fast and if you haven’t noticed, we’re all about top speed in these pages.
That being said, we weren’t the least bit surprised to find out that one supercar maker is slowly ramping up the machinery to build lighter – and faster – supercars in the near future.
In light of their new direction of building lighter supercars, Lamborghini recently opened its new Advanced Composites Research Center in its hometown of Sant’Agata Bolognese. The new research center will be tasked to develop a number of new design, shaping, and production processes to ensure that they meet the standards and expectations of building complex carbon fiber structures to be used in future Lamborghini models.
We’re glad to see that an esteemed automaker like Lamborghini is taking the steps to further develop both their cars and their brands. And with carbon fiber material being used in production-ready vehicles becoming more and more prevalent these days, Lamborghini is looking to be a few steps ahead of the competition.
Press Release after the jump.