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PostSubject: Forged + Carbon= ForgedCarbon   Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:27 pm

570bhp a tonne. I'll take it. Think they'll do it on finance?





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This is the Sesto Elemento, Lamborghini's dramatic-looking and hi-tech vision of the future that's been unveiled to the world's press at the Paris motor show.

The Sesto Elemento is Lamborghini's answer to the 'how do you create a supercar that weighs as much as a 1980s supermini?' question.

It weighs in at 999kg and, being as it's based on the running gear of a Gallardo Superleggera, that gives it a power-to-weight ratio of nigh-on 570bhp per tonne (a Ferrari 458 Italia manages 'just' 370bhp per tonne). Performance is therefore pretty stellar, with 62mph reached in a claimed 2.5secs - Bugatti territory, but with half the power.

Although the Sesto Elemento is a concept, its light-equals-rapid premise points very firmly to Lamborghini's future; from now on Sant'Agata's supercars will get their pace through low weight and hi-tech engineering as much as through brute force.



That featherweight lightness is partly achieved here by stripping out, well, more or less everything; there is precious little in the way of interior fixtures and fittings - not even a dashboard in the conventional sense.

Crucially, however, the extraordinarily light kerb weight also comes from making most of the Sesto Elemento's body, tub, interior and even some suspension components from a brand-new material called 'forged carbon'.

Lamborghini has developed this new material in conjunction with the University of Washington and aviation giant Boeing. Forged carbon, reckons Lamborghini, is as light and very nearly as strong as resin-based carbon fibre and yet takes far less time and money to produce.



This will allow Lamborghini the flexibility to produce - as a commercially viable proposition - all sorts of exotic shapes and engineering options that would be prohibitively expensive in conventional carbon fibre.

You might not be able to go out and buy the Sesto Elemento right now, but don't go thinking this is pure fantasy stuff. Forged carbon looks likely to make an appearance in a Lamborghini dealer near you very soon, probably with the new Gallardo, which is due out in a couple of years time.

And the name? It's Italian for the 'sixth element' of the periodic table (that's, er, carbon, by the way).

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PostSubject: Re: Forged + Carbon= ForgedCarbon   Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:31 pm

WTF... How the fudge can you 'Forge' Carbon??

Looks fudging sexy though.

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PostSubject: Re: Forged + Carbon= ForgedCarbon   Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:33 pm

I dunno but those are basically the 2 best words in the automotive industry, it was only a matter of time before some genius put them together.
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PostSubject: Re: Forged + Carbon= ForgedCarbon   Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:33 pm

Just thought... It's not Forged Carbon Fibre it's forged Carbon... Does that mean is made of coal?

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PostSubject: Re: Forged + Carbon= ForgedCarbon   Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:34 pm

I want!!!!!!!!

Mmmmmm forged carbon Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Forged + Carbon= ForgedCarbon   Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:36 pm

does that in turn mean that under high pressure conditions, it would in fact produce diamonds out of the exhaust?
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PostSubject: Re: Forged + Carbon= ForgedCarbon   Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:44 pm

If it does you can make your money back Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Forged + Carbon= ForgedCarbon   Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:46 pm

I bet it pops them out the top of those vents like some kind of billionaire pop-corn maker. inspired.
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PostSubject: Re: Forged + Carbon= ForgedCarbon   Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:51 pm

Need to creat some kind of diamond catcher then. Otherwise someone else will get rich.
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PostSubject: Re: Forged + Carbon= ForgedCarbon   Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:17 pm

I know its only a render but god DAMN.
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PostSubject: Re: Forged + Carbon= ForgedCarbon   Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:22 pm



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PostSubject: Re: Forged + Carbon= ForgedCarbon   Fri Oct 01, 2010 12:00 am

TBH you could turn the whole car into diamond... either fit a HUUUUGE wing and the downforce will crush it OR crash it into a wall flat out.

Simples.

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PostSubject: Re: Forged + Carbon= ForgedCarbon   Fri Oct 01, 2010 12:02 am

you'd have to be careful though, if it started spraying diamonds all over the place, it'd be a...........diamond........geiser.........


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PostSubject: Re: Forged + Carbon= ForgedCarbon   Fri Oct 01, 2010 7:06 am

^^^ oh thats poor!
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PostSubject: Re: Forged + Carbon= ForgedCarbon   Fri Oct 01, 2010 8:25 am

TBF I think matt black provides the same effect...
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PostSubject: Re: Forged + Carbon= ForgedCarbon   Fri Oct 01, 2010 8:49 am

Sam wrote:
TBF I think matt black provides the same effect...

...........just look at the saxo Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Forged + Carbon= ForgedCarbon   Sun Oct 03, 2010 4:32 am

diamonds eh- i'll take it!!! Razz
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