Lamborghini's Sesto Elemento not just any old carbon copy

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 November, 2012, 7:31am

Lamborghini has brought a prototype of one of the world's most expensive cars to town and will hold previews for 36 local collectors hoping to buy one.

The Italian carmaker's ultra-light Sesto Elemento, of which only 20 will be produced, comes with a pre-tax price tag of €1.6 million (HK$16 million).

Buyers will be spared the pain of paying the 115 per cent first-registration tax, however, as the car is not road-legal. Owners will need access to a race track if they want to drive it.

Christian Mastro, the general manager of Automobili Lamborghini Asia-Pacific, said production of the Sesto Elemento would begin early next year and it would take a year to build them.

In the Asia-Pacific region, where a third of the cars will be allotted, the prototype has already been previewed in Sydney and its only other possible stop will be Singapore.

"We have already had a lot of inquiries," Mastro said.

"In Hong Kong we have a serious and loyal customer database. We are trying to give priority [for the Sesto Elemento] to our existing customers."

Sesto Elemento is Italian for "sixth element" and refers to the atomic number of carbon. The car's monocoque, body panels, wheels and exhaust pipes are all crafted from an advanced carbon fibre developed by Lamborghini in partnership with US aerospace company Boeing.

The Sesto Elemento is the only car made using carbon fibre so extensively.

It is the lightest sports car yet made, tipping the scales at 999kg. This enables it to sprint from a standstill to 100km/h in just 2.5 seconds. It has a top speed of over 300km/h.

Mastro said most of the interest in the car had come from serious collectors, who would not mind if they could not take it for a spin. To keep the weight down, the interior is basic and lacks many of the features of a regular car.

"It is the kind of car you would be afraid to use even on the track because … it's such a rare object," Mastro said.

The Sesto Elemento is more expensive than Volkswagen Group's Bugatti Veyron, although some limited-edition variants of the Veyron are even costlier.

"I don't know if we can call the Sesto Elemento the most expensive car because it is a limited series, but it sure is up there," Mastro said.

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