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Materials Behind the Lamborghini Veneno

Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, presenting the Lamborghini Veneno at the Geneva Motor Show 2013 - Image Credit: © Lamborghini Media Center

Speed, power and beauty are just a few of the things that the Lamborghini Veneno can boast about, thanks to its carbon fiber body and lightweight aluminum frame. Unveiled in 2013 in Geneva, the Veneno was completed to mark 50 years for Lamborghini in the motor industry. Only three cars were produced—one green, one white and one red—to emulate the Italian flag.

Modelled after the V12-powered Lamborghini Aventador, the Veneno is an extremely exclusive sports supercar that has been tamed to use on the road. The grey Veneno showcased in Geneva is to be the fourth car which will be a test vehicle for the other three and is referred to as "number 0".

Engine, Speed, Body

Powered by a whopping 6.5 litre, 12 cylinder petrol engine, it produces 750 hp equivalent to seven Ford Fiestas.

This supercar can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and has recorded top speeds of 220 mph.

A seven-speed manual gearbox is connected to the engine with five different driving modes. A permanent all-wheel drive system provides the driver with exceptional pulling power coupled with high-revving aggression.

Aircraft-grade carbon fibe is used for the body of the Veneno, dramatically reducing its weight to roughly 1.5 tons.

Video sourced from: Youtube - Lamborghini

Outside the Supercar

Featuring an all-new look, the Lamborghini Veneno has a grey metallic-look with individual parts painted black. Its wheel rim has a carbon fiber ring around it which acts like a turbine which can distribute additional air cooling to the carbon-ceramic brake disks when they heat up. A flute of vents at the rear of the supercar aid in cooling the high-powered engine.

With a roof-scoop, dorsal fin, boomerang headlights and "shark fin" engine cover that literally flows through the rear half of the car, the Veneno truly adopts the supercar look.

This unique design enhances the car's high-speed stability and cornering ability. All of the aforementioned external components are made entirely of carbon fibre.

Inside the Supercar

The Veneno weight is reduced even further by the use of carbon fiber in the monocoque chassis as well as the outer skin of the sports car. It also has a lightweight aluminum sub-frame.

Lamborghini’s patented composite has been used to craft two lightweight bucket seats while an exclusively woven carbon fiber skin has been used to cover the entire cockpit, part of the seats and the headliner.

This particular carbon fibre has been made easily moldable by soaking it in a special resin that helps to stablize its fibre structure.

Built to Fly

This street-legal supercar has all of the aerodynamic efficiency of a racing car. This has been achieved by sculpting an arrow-shaped front, razor-sharp lines down the side of the car, a large central fin, large exhuast pipes split with dividers and an adjustable rear wing. Aerodynamics are further enhanced by large wheel arches at the front and rear of the vehicle and massive sills. The front of the Lamborghini Veneno is designed for perfect airflow and downforce and works like a large aerodynamic wing.

Image Credit: © Lamborghini Media Center

Lamborghini has named its fastest car yet the Veneno after the legendary fighting bull, celebrated to be one of the fastest bulls in the history of bullfighting. Every component and surface contributes to this classic car’s exceptional dynamics and optimum downforce with minimal drag.

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Alessandro Pirolini

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Alessandro Pirolini

Alessandro has a BEng (hons) in Material Science and Technology, specialising in Magnetic Materials, from the University of Birmingham. After graduating, he completed a brief spell working for an aerosol manufacturer and then pursued his love for skiing by becoming a Ski Rep in the Italian Dolomites for 5 months. Upon his return to the UK, Alessandro decided to use his knowledge of Material Science to secure a position within the Editorial Team at AZoNetwork. When not at work, Alessandro is often at Chill Factore, out on his road bike or watching Juventus win consecutive Italian league titles.

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