In keeping with tradition, Lamborghini has named their hypercar creation, the Veneno, after a Spanish fighting bull. The bull was said to have been on of the quickest ever to enter the ring, and was a fearsome fighter – goring a matador to death in one notable match.
With the media’s attention fixed to the unveiling of the Ferrari La Ferrari, it came as a bit of a shock that Lamborghini had their own hypercar to unveil at Geneva. Like the days of old when the Lamborghini Countach battled with the Ferrari Testarossa512 for space above the beds of young car enthusiasts, the Lamborghini Veneno will be duking it out with the Ferrari La Ferrari for poster supremacy.
The Veneno is built on a modified Lamborghini Aventador platform, though it looks like nothing else Lamborghini has ever produced. The Veneno makes use what the company calls a “shark fin” mounted above the mid-mounted engine to improve high speed cornering stability. The shark fin resembles a piece of aero off a Le Mans LMP1 racecar. Large air intakes in the front fascia route air to improve airflow, and to help cool the engine and the carbon ceramic breaks. A massive fixed rear spoiler is used to generate down force.
Ample use of carbon fiber helps to keep the Lamborghini Veneno’s weight down to approximately 3,200 lbs. Lamborghini developed a special carbon fiber material called CarbonSkin, used extensively in the interior that helps make the Veneno 275 lbs. lighter than the Aventador.
A 6.5-liter V12 producing 750 horsepower propels the Veneno to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, on to a top speed of 221 mph. Like all other production Lamborghinis of late, the Veneno uses a permanent all-wheel drive system. The Veneno comes with a 7-speed ISR transmission.
Only three Venenos will be produced, no counting the car featured in the pictures below, which is a prototype that Lamborghini will continue to develop. Each car will be painted in one of the three colors of the Italian flag and will cost € 3 million ($3.9 million), Lamborghini enthusiasts have already purchased all three cars.