For those who haven’t seen Top Gear Season 20 Episode 5 yet, I suggest you look away now. On the episode, Richard Hammond was invited by Lamborghini to drive the exclusive Lamborghini Sesto Elemento at Imola with the car then hitting the Top Gear Test Track for what was always going to be a blisteringly fast time.
However The Stig, Top Gear’s unknown race driver, had some problems with the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento and for just the second time, spun a high-priced supercar during a hot lap of the Top Gear test track. The last time The Stig spun an exotic was when driving the Koenigsegg CCX after it lost traction in the track’s high-speed right-hander. This infamously led Koenigsegg to fit a rear wing to the Koenigsegg CCX for additional downforce.
However, as the following video shows, the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento didn’t spin due to a lack of downforce and instead spun after becoming unsettled going around the high-speed left turn at the tire wall and bumping over the edge of the track which The Stig always speeds through.
Ultimately, The Stig then slid into the grass inevitably damaging the underside of the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento. However, a successful lap was later achieved as the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento lapped the circuit in an incredible 1 minute and 14 seconds, putting it just 0.2 seconds behind the Pagani Huayra and making it the second fastest car to have gone around the track. However, because it’s a track special, it was swiftly taken from the Top Gear Lap Times board.
Only Lamborghini can make a 999kg tutorial in physics more interesting than watching a monkey in a cowboy outfit riding a dog. Seriously. The car above, you’ll know, is the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, and we’ve just seen video of it going around a track.
After riotously crashing the 2010 Paris Motor Show and stealing everyone’s thunder, Lamborghini did the decent thing and announced a tiny production run of just 20 examples, sold to enthusiasts who could use them on tracks – and tracks alone, like Ferrari’s FXX programme – to play with.
So here we have one such play session. It’s a bit shaky, granted, but you get a real sense of the engineering integrity and the…OK, no you can’t. All you can do is ruddy hear it, and it sounds great.
But there is proper integrity contained within those jet-fighter lines. Lamborghini is fast mastering the art of carbon fibre, and this Sesto’s full of it. Literally. ‘Sesto Elemento’ actually translates as ‘sixth element’ (which is carbon, on the periodic table), and the simple premise of power-to-weight means this thing, with its Gallardo-sourced 5.2-litre V10 manages a ratio of 562bhp-per-tonne.
That also equates to a 0-62mph time of 2.5 seconds – exactly like the Bugatti Veyron. Sheesh. Have a watch of the video below – it’s Batman on a trackday! – and then follow the links below for more Lamborghini goodness.
Source - gtspirit.com, topgear.com
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