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Record-breaking Lamborghini: the anecdotes you don’t know

29 December 2021
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There are many records and firsts that have made Lamborghini an example of excellence and innovation in the automotive world. From unmistakable design firsts to the records of speed and environmental sustainability, here are 5 curiosities that you might not have known about.

1. The shapes of the cars: design masterpieces

In terms of styling and design, Lamborghini cars have always held unparalleled records. Starting with the Marzal, the car with the largest expanse of glass in the world – an impressive 4.5 square meters – and on to the Miura, the lowest production road car – only 105.5 cm high – and then the revolutionary Countach of 1971, which became the first production car with vertically opening doors, also known as “scissor doors”. This feature was to become the hallmark of many subsequent Lamborghini models like the Diablo, Murciélago, Reventón, Veneno, Centenario, and right up to the Aventador line.

2. Beautiful and unreachable: high-speed records

Speed is one of the hallmarks of Lamborghini’s DNA, leading its cars to win the 24 Hours of Daytona three times – in 2018, 2019 and 2020. And that’s not all: Lamborghini was the only car manufacturer in the world to win the prestigious American endurance race three years in a row, and to win both the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2018 and 2019. The incredible speed of Lamborghini’s models has also led to the setting of a “vital” record: the world’s fastest emergency organ transport by the Huracán Polizia, which in 2020 transported a kidney at 233 km/h at a distance of 489 km in just over 2 hours.

3. LM 002 and URUS: the SUVs that made history

Not just super sports cars: Lamborghini has distinguished itself by creating SUVs capable of tackling any terrain. In 1986, Lamborghini built the LM 002, featuring a displacement of 5,167 cc and 450 CV at 6,800 rpm, excellent off-road capabilities, and a design with powerful lines. The direct heir of the LM 002 is the roaring Urus, unveiled in 2012, the fastest and most powerful SUV available on the market. The first SUV with wheels up to 23’’, Urus is powered by a 4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine delivering 650 CV and 850 Nm of torque, which enabled it to set the speed record on the ice of Lake Baikal in Russia in March 2021 during the “Days of Speed”, with a top speed reaching 298 km/h and average speed from a standing start of 114 km/h.

4. Lamborghini ethics and environmental sustainability commitment

With “Direzione Cor Tauri”, Lamborghini pursues a strategy of environmental sustainability that is unique in the world. Starting from the product, this strategy embraces the entire Sant’Agata Bolognese site, from the production lines to the offices, covering an area of 160,000 square meters that since 2015 boasts CO2 neutral certification, maintained also after the production site was doubled in size in recent years. Since 2018, Lamborghini has also been collaborating with the Houston Methodist Research Institute for testing carbon fiber composite materials and assessing their biocompatibility. With the launch of a set of samples on board the International Space Station in 2019, Lamborghini studied the response of five different composite materials to the extreme stresses induced by the space environment, with a view to future applications on the cars produced by the House of Sant’Agata Bolognese and in the medical field.

5. Lamborghini technology: for an even more immersive driving experience

In 2021, Lamborghini became the first automaker to integrate Amazon Alexa for full control of the car. In the Huracán EVO, drivers can adjust functions such as climate control, ambient lighting and seat heating, as well as controlling navigation, phone calls and entertainment with the simple voice command "Alexa”. Alexa is also integrated into the LDVI system (Lamborghini Integrated Vehicle Dynamics) in the all-wheel-drive Huracán EVO. A simple voice command gives access to real-time feedback on the car’s driving dynamics via the LIS screen, including torque distribution, Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS), and traction control. The Alexa function also allows connection with other Alexa-supported devices.

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