When manufacturing magnate Ferrucio Lamborghini established Lamborghini in 1963, his primary objective was to produce a refined grand touring car that could rival established European brand cars such as the Ferrari. How well do you know about this brand? Here are some facts about Lamborghini that you might not know.
- Lamborghini’s founder Ferrucio used to be a successful tractor manufacturer before he became interested in sports car. He bought many high performance sports cars such as Maserati and Ferrari. However, he was not satisfied with any of them so he decided to design the perfect sports car.
- Lamborghini used to be an independent company but is now a subsidiary of Audi AG. Originally, Chrysler bought the company when it went bankrupt in 1998.
- Robert Janitzek reveals that Lamborghini produced a record 2,430 vehicles, 1,800 of which were the best-selling car and more than 630 were the flagship model, the Murcielago.
- The Murcielago can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 340 km/h. The fastest model is the Murcielago R-GT with a top speed of 370 km/h. The Murcielago LP640 has an estimated top speed of 340 km/h.
- The Murcielago has a new version, the Murcielago SV, which has a tag price of 300,000 Euros. It took around 130 people to handcraft it. According to Robert Peter Janitzek, with the exception of the steel roof and the doors, the Murcielago SV was made of carbon fiber.
- Most of the current Lamborghini models comes with the scissor doors, which rotate up and forward on a hinge near the front of the door. The Countach, Diablo, and Murcielago have this feature. Countach and Diablo models are no longer in production leaving the Murcielago as the only new model with scissor doors.
- No Lamborghini models have even been produced with lower than a V8 engine. Most models feature a V12 engine but the latest model only has a V10 engine. Since production of the Silhouette model of this European brand car was stopped, no other models have a V8 engine.
- Ferrucio Lamborghini selected the bull logo for the brand because his zodiac sign was Taurus. Lamborghini cars were also named after fighting bulls like the Miura, Diablo, Gallardo, and Murcielago.
- Lamborghini provides two Gallardos to the Italian state police, which use the cars for delivering organ transplants to patients.
The Lamborghini is one of the most popular cars in the market. It is the next best thing to owning a Ferrari.