Lamborghini Fun Facts

1. Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. is an Italian car company that produces luxury, high end sports cars. Lamborghini was founded by an Italian engineer Feruccio in 1963.

2. Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. emerged as a consequence of competition between Feruccio Lamborghini and Enzo Ferrari (of Ferrari cars ) who at that time had been known as a famous manufacturer of sports cars. Feruccio Lamborghini himself was an accomplished engineer; he was an owner and manager of a successful company, which produced agricultural machinery. A rumour has it, that two great constructors had a battle after Lamborghini had turned to Enzo Ferrari because of the broken clutch on his Ferrari 250 GT. It’s believed that quick-tempered Enzo advocated Feruccio to deal exclusively with tractors, and never even touch a sports car. Feruccio Lamborghini took it as a challenge resolving to use his resources, experience, and passion to found a company, capable of going toe-to-toe with Ferrari.

3. This may come up as a surprise to a few of you, but Lamborghini never engaged in any major motorsports competitions. According to the will of Feruccio Lamborghini, his company stayed away from racing, because the renowned Italian engineer always thought the motorsports to be a major waste of time and resources.

4. 1 thing Lamborgini was always known for is its own top-notch layout.

5. People usually think of luxury and high-performance grand tourers, whenever someone mentions the name Lamborghini. Nonetheless, the Italian automaker has produced few unusual models. Feruccio Lamborghini had an extensive experience in producing tractors, so it seemed natural for him to try his hand at designing an automobile with high off-road capabilities. When it comes to relaxation and ability to cross the difficult terrain, only Land Rover could compete with LM002. Unfortunately, automobile market was not quite ready for the new luxury SUV. Therefore, despite the orders from armed forces of Saudi Arabia and Libya, Lamborghini sold just 301 vehicles.

6. The Italian automaker launched its first production model in 1963. With the top speed of 280 km / h, Lamborghini 350GTV was a pioneer among production cars of its time.

7. The Italian company uses very distinctive naming convention for its car models. Feruccio Lamborghini was quite a fan of Spanish bullfight. It was owned by Don Eduardo Miura Fernandez, one of the most famous breeders of fighting bulls in Spain. This trip had a powerful influence on the Italian industrialist. In actuality, he was so impressed with the traditional art of bullfighting, he made a decision to name all his brand new sports cars after famous fighting bulls. Traditionally in Spanish bullfight, bulls that manage to defeat a matador are given life, and their names are forever inscribed in the history of the sport. Ferruccio Lamborghini was convinced, that a name of a fighting bull will highlight the untamed nature of sports cars created under Lamborghini marque. By the way, Ferruccio Lamborghini himself was also a bull in a sense, because his zodiac sign was Taurus. (He was born on April 28, 1916).

8. The first model to be introduced to the world under the”bullish” title was Lamborghini Miura. The sports car debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 1966. The public warmly received it; however, spectators were somewhat confused, because they were not allowed to open the hood. This was not a coincidence: there was no engine under it! Since the engine was still being designed, the prototype was delivered to the Geneva Motor Show with a ballast rather than an engine under the hood. Eventually, Miura proved to be a very good car.

9. Lamborghini Countach was produced by the Italian firm for 16 years (from 1974 to 1990). Notably, this sports car is one of the few Lamborghini models, with a name that has nothing to do with bulls and bullfighting. The term”countach” comes in the Piedmontese language, spoken in a region of Piedmont in North-West of Italy. It’s an expression of excitement or astonishment and could be translated as”Heavens!” According to the legend, Nuccio Bertone himself made this exclamation when he saw the first sketches of the upcoming supercar.

10. The story of Lamborghini was not always a story of success. In 1987, the American automobile giant Chrysler, practically saved it from oblivion by acquiring it. The same year, the Italian automobile manufacturer introduced a peculiar concept car under the title of Portofino. It was a sedan with four doors of the guillotine type, powered with a 3.5-liter engine installed at the rear. Although it remained just a prototype, its design and image was then embodied in several Chrysler cars.

11. In 1994, Lamborghini was acquired through an undercover investment group. It was a period of uncertainty for the Italian marque. The German automobile giant Volkswagen saved the famous vehicle manufacturer. Since 1998, Volkswagen has commanded Lamborghini through its subdivision Audi.

12. The design of modern Lamborghini is unusual even for supercars. The steel-cut body style, which became the signature of most Lamborghini models, makes it akin to fighter planes. The designer Filippo Perini admitted that he attracted an inspiration from military aviation. He was especially impressed by American B-2 and F-22 aircraft when working on Lamborghini Aventador.

13. It turned out that the powerful Lamborghini V12 engine is the ideal fit for speedboats as well as supercars. Such a technical symbiosis isn’t a common thing in auto industry. The luxury boat Riva Aquarama became one of the leaders of this marketplace as a result of high performance and flexibility of the incredible Lamborghini V12 engine.

14. Interestingly, Lamborghini cars are used by the authorities of United Arab Emirates and Italy. It makes sense if you think about itnothing can detract criminals and attract tourists like the world’s fastest police car!

15. As we’ve already mentioned, Feruccio Lamborghini failed motorsports and tried to stay away from it. Nevertheless, the Italian vehicle manufacturer is revising this strict policy, since now it’s a handicap for an automaker that specializes in supercars to dismiss motorsports in its entirety. Currently, the company has some notable presence in the world of car racing. The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo is an example of a successful collaboration between the two legendary brands. Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. and the Swiss watchmaker Blancpain teamed up to launch this prestigious international motor racing series. In 2009, the Swiss company even presented a special watch, dedicated to this mono-brand championship.

16. This surprises no one that Lamborghini brand has some of the most impressive achievements in the auto world. The last one was 384 km / h speed record set by the Lamborghini Huracan during half a mile race.

17. Lamborghini has a very long and profitable relationship with Italian wheel maker PIRELLI. The Italian automaker even made the special version of Lamborghini AVENTADOR, dedicated to PIRELLI.

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19. Lamborghini is partially responsible for the emerging of the well-known automobile marque Pagani. The founder of this Pagani Automobili S.p.A, Horacio Pagani, had worked as an engineer at Lamborghini until he stopped because of inability to use his own thoughts. In 1988, the famous Argentinian constructor, eager to put in use his designer gift and produce his own item, created a new company Pagani Automobili S.p.A.

20. Nowadays, Lamborghini supercars are powered by either V8 or V12 engines. The ratio between those two engine types is approximately 3:1.

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