This, then, is a three of its kind — and perfectly road legal — based on the Aventador. It has the same 6.5-liter V12 engine, boosting it to 739 horsepower and maxing out at 220 mph. It has the same permanent all-wheel drive, internal drive suspension and a carbon monocoque chassis. It costs three million euros – plus taxes – and the trio of owners have already been found. It was built to celebrate Lambo’s fiftieth birthday, and while it would be cheaper to make a cake, that’s not how they go about their business. That’s why we love them.
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The front end is all beak for the purpose of excellent airflow, essentially acting like a giant wing to push the nose into the ground. Tighter arches are in place to circulate air around the vehicle while reducing lift and increasing downforce. The bottom is flat and smooth. The rear wing is adjustable. Even the alloys — 20 in the front and 21 in the rear — feature carbon rims that act like turbines to circulate fresh air over the heated carbon-ceramic brake discs.
Lamborghini likes to think it looks like a racing prototype. And sure enough, with all the bits, slits and flicks, plus those tall headlights, it feels like a modern Le Mans racer. The roof scoop and dorsal fin make it look like the Audi that won the 24 Hours race last year (it’s sister companies, after all). But, if our memory of medieval disease prevention serves us properly – and as you can see for yourself in this gallery – it is a lot like a plague doctor. just us?
The car will be shown in Geneva tomorrow. Lambo employees tell us that the person on the stand is the chassis number zero. In other words, it’s a test car and not one of the last three production versions. Its future is “undetermined”. And if you think a generous check might convince them to sell you one, remember that they have a history of doing this kind of thing. Remember Aventador J? It was a one-time exclusive, made for one rich man, and that’s how it always will be. Although one thing has crept through the grille: J’s revolutionary “carbonskin” upholstery has now also appeared on the Veneno.
But then there was Sesto Elemento, the insanely reinterpreted, carbon-fibre-dense Gallardo, which was introduced back in 2010 as a “technical demonstrator.” A year later, Lambo boss Stephan Winkelmann admitted he would sell 20 of the track cars only to some customers who got paid. Although, like the Sesto, the Veneno will likely also be used as a kind of rolling mill for future products and special editions. And if that’s the case, expect the next generation Aventador to not only chomp free of the straight jacket, but set it on fire and swirl in flames as well.