Taking the limited production concept to its limits, only three Venus models will be built, one in each color of the Italian flag – although technically there will be four, as the car shown in Geneva is “No. 0” designed for testing and development. . Veneno is a tribute to the brand’s fiftieth anniversary.
Designed to look like a racing prototype, but still road legal, the Veneno (its name means “poison” in Spanish, and originates, as always, from the name of a Spanish fighting bull) delivers 740 horsepower and a top speed of 220.5 MPH. the time.
The Veneno is driven by a 6.5-liter V-12 engine mated to the Aventador’s found ISR manual gearbox, but it is “modified to meet the requirements of the Veneno.”
The bodywork is made almost entirely of carbon fiber and carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic, like the Sesto Elemento, including a carbon-fiber-based fabric called CarbonSkin that debuted on the one-off Aventador J prototype at last year’s Geneva Motor Show. The carbon monocoque and aluminum subframes are derived from the Aventador. Thanks to the addition of new carbon fiber products, the Veneno weighs 275 pounds less than the Aventador.
But the real goal of the Veneno’s design is aerodynamics. Unlike most aerodynamic pursuits in the automotive world lately, the Veneno is not exclusively about reducing drag, but also about adding usable downforce for high-speed grip. The entire front end is designed to function as a spoiler, with large ducts that direct air through the hood and around the front wheels.
The front fenders are separated from the body for airflow and in homage to the sporty racing models. On the sides, the airflow has been improved to also help with engine cooling and the air intake of the large V-12.
A smooth bottom diffuser and large diffuser accelerate airflow under the vehicle for ground-effect downforce, and a large over-tail splitter adds to the effect. Above the engine, six wedge-shaped vents are intended to extract as much heat as possible.
The 20- and 21-inch wheels are connected by a single center knob, and a carbon-fiber ring around the rim acts like a turbine to cool the brakes.
The chassis number 0 is painted in Metallic Gray and will be the only Veneno to display the three colors of the Italian flag.
The three Venenos intended for consumers will be built over the course of 2013, but if you’re not already an owner, you probably won’t—at least until one of the original buyers decides it’s time to upgrade.