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Lamborghini Veneno

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Lamborghini has taken exclusivity to new heights with its ultra-futuristic, £3 million Veneno. The car, designed to celebrate the marque's 50th anniversary, is named after a fighting bull and is just as aggressive as its namesake. Only three production versions will be built and all have already been sold.

The Veneno's monocoque chassis and outer shell are made from super-light but incredibly strong carbon-fibre on an aluminium sub-frame. In the name of aerodynamics, the shape is angular to the point of spiky, with a needle-point front end sloping back to four huge exhausts, separated by a splitter and a sharp centre fin. Further aerodynamic sculpting has resulted in monster wheel arches, sills and an adjustable rear wing. The whole car is based upon balancing maximum downforce with minimum drag and optimal airflow.

Under that sharp-lined bonnet is a 12 cylinder, 6.5 litre petrol engine, for returns of 750bhp. These concussion inducing statistics should result in a 0-60mph time of less than three seconds. A seven-speed manual gearbox offers five different driving modes and permanent all-wheel drive for the sort of performance even most professional racing drivers can only dream about.

Lamborghini is describing the Veneno as a road-going racing prototype, a 'super sports car' with its roots in the brand's Aventador model. Parent company, Volkswagen, hosted a special evening unveiling of the Veneno at this year's Geneva Motor Show, along with Bentley's new Flying Spur.

The flamboyant-looking car is named for a famously fast, strong and aggressive fighting bull which, in 1914, gored to death the bullfighter, Jose Sanchez Rodriguez. Lamborghini's Veneno boasts all the power and attitude of its namesake, with 20 inch alloys to the front and 21 inchers to the rear, armed with a carbon-fibre rim that works as a turbine for extra cooling air to the massive carbon-ceramic brake discs.

The interior is just as futuristic as the exterior, being also dominated by carbon-fibre in the form of an exposed central shaft and boasting special Lamborghini patented composite bucket seats. The cockpit, headliner and some parts of the seats are also covered by a special resin soaked carbon-fibre material, that is supposed to remain strong but supple and very light weight.

Aside from the three production models, a fourth test model (designated the 'number 0') has been built, which was the example shown in Geneva and which will be used by Lamborghini for road and racetrack testing.

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