15 Cool Facts About Lamborghini
We have compiled a list of certain things that you might not know about Lamborghini.
Lamborghini is an Italian brand and manufacturer of luxury sports cars and, formerly, SUVs, which is owned by the Volkswagen Group through its subsidiary brand division Audi. Lamborghini’s production facility and headquarters are located in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy. In 2011, Lamborghini’s 831 employees produced 1,711 vehicles.
Ferruccio Lamborghini, an Italian manufacturing magnate, founded Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini S.p.A. in 1963 to compete with established marques, including Ferrari. The company gained wide acclaim in 1966 for the Miura sports coupé, which established rear mid-engine, rear wheel drive as the standard layout for high-performance cars of the era. Lamborghini grew rapidly during its first decade, but sales plunged in the wake of the 1973 worldwide financial downturn and the oil crisis. The firm’s ownership changed three times after 1973, including a bankruptcy in 1978. American Chrysler Corporation took control of Lamborghini in 1987 and sold it to Malaysian investment group Mycom Setdco and Indonesian group V’Power Corporation in 1994. In 1998, Mycom Setdco and V’Power sold Lamborghini to the Volkswagen Group where it was placed under the control of the group’s Audi division.
New products and model lines were introduced to the brand’s portfolio and brought to the market and saw an increased productivity for the brand Lamborghini. In the late 2000s, during the worldwide financial crisis and the subsequent economic crisis, Lamborghini’s sales saw a drop of nearly 50 percent.
Lamborghini produces sports cars and V12 engines for offshore powerboat racing. Lamborghini currently produces the V12-powered Aventador and the V10-powered Huracán.
Super Trofeo series by Lamborghini has been designed for those who can cough up $30,000 per race to allow them to drive a Lamborghini.
14. Aventador design
As per a chief designer from the design team of Aventador, the inspiration was taken from an F22, F35, B2 and ‘those shiny green jagged-leg beetles that smell bad when you step on them’.
13. Lamborghini and Miles Davis
Miles Davis actually turned his Miura into bits in a famous accident.
12. Italian police use Gallardos to transfer donated organs.
11. Lamborghini has won a ton of offshore powerboat championships.
Engines by Motori Marini Lamborghini are known as some of the best internal combustion engines.
10. Lamborghini SUV with Boat Motor
It was also known as Rambo Lambo because Sly drove it. They came with a powerboat Motor B Motori Marini Lamborghini that pumped more than 700hp.
9. Countach is a cuss word
Bertone design house head said ‘Countach’ in his Piedmontese dialect when he first saw the concept that would later on become the flagship of Lambo. It means, as per different opinions, “Bloody Hell”, “Holy Shit” and “woman of ‘extravagant’ looks”.
8. Chrysler and Lamborghini
Chrysler bought Lamborghini back in 1987 and played around with design, finally designing a 4-door Lambo named Portofino. It never made it to the production phase, however, Chrysler used those design ‘moves’ to create Intrepid.
7. Why Lamborghinis are named after bulls!
Ferruccio was born on 28th April and thus was a Taurus which is why the Lamborghinis are named after bulls.
6. In the late 1960s, if you didn’t own a Miura, you were nobody.
As Frank Sinatra famously said, “You buy a Ferrari when you want to be somebody. You buy a Lamborghini when you are somebody.”
5. First Lamborghini designed by the guy who builds IndyCars now!
Gian Paolo Dallara later on launched his own firm that builds all of the IndyCars’ chassis now.
4. The first Lamborghini was engine-less!
When 350GTV was launched, it wasn’t finished and during its unveiling at the Turin Auto Show, it didn’t have an engine so the team simply placed some bricks instead of engine and kept the hood shut during the entire time.
3. Lamborghini was founded because Ferrari was being mean!
Ferruccio owned a Ferrari 250GT and he took for service to the Maranello headquarters once he realized that the clutch was identical to the one being used by his production line. He asked Enzo Ferrari for replacement to which he replied, “You’re just a silly tractor manufacturer, how could you possibly know anything about sports cars?” Mr. Ferruccio spat on the floor – red blooded Italian – and walked out of there. He ended up designing his own sports car and 4 months later released Lamborghini 350GTV.
2. The first Lamborghinis were tractors, and they’re still made today.
He made use of WWII experience when he came back and started putting together tractors by using spare parts. The tractors soon became famous and the business grew exponentially. The tractors are still being made and range between $30,000 and $300,000.
1. Ferruccio Lamborghini – Actual Tony Stark
Mr. Ferruccio was posted on the secluded island of Rhodes during World War II and was working as a vehicle maintenance supervisor under the Italian Royal Air Force. He soon gained reputation as an expert mechanic and an enthusiastic tinkerer.