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Lambo unveils road-going racer

0503 Lamborghini Veneno 1

Lamborghini is 50 this year, and the Italian firm decided to celebrate with something rather special. Enter the Veneno, Lamborghini’s Aventador-based street-legal racer. It was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show and boasts a whopping 552 kW. That’s a full 37 more than the Aventador.

Want one? Well, that’s too bad, because only three of these Lambos will be made, and all three of them have already sold a shade under R45 million. And don’t get confused here – that’s not the combined price… The showcar is a prototype that Lamborghini will hold onto and continue to test on road and track.

Why so much for an Aventador-based car, you might ask? Well, the fundamental design may be based on that car, but there are a number of changes that make the Veneno rather unique. These changes are what make Lamborghini call it a “street-legal racing car”. For example, its body, including the moncoque chassis, is constructed entirely from carbon fibre-reinforced polymer. Aerodynamics have also been optimised to increase more downforce, reduce drag and help cool the potent 6,5-litre V12 engine. And speaking of the engine, let’s not forget the significant power hike.

The increased power output is achieved, in part, by larger air intakes, a higher rev limit and an exhaust system with lower back pressure. The seven-speed automated manual transmission, all-wheel drive system and suspension have also been adapted for use in the Veneno. The carbon fibre tub and aluminium subframes have been carried over from the Aventador, but they, too, have been adapted for the Veneno’s extreme performance.

The front wings are separated from the body, as is the case on many a sport prototype racecar. The underbody of the car is smooth and air is channelled into a large rear diffuser that houses four integraded exhaust pipes. There’s also an adjustable rear wing, while the lightweight alloys are 20 inches in size up front and 21 inches at the rear.

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