Lamborghini unveiled their spectacular new LPI 800-4 earlier this week but it’s worth remembering the Sant’Agata Bolognese manufacturer’s journey doesn’t always revolve around the Countach…
Here are five lesser know facts that not all auto enthusiasts will be familiar with.
1. Marzal: The car with the largest glazed surface: 4.5 m2
Designed as a four-seater GT by Marcello Gandini for the coachbuilder Bertone, the Marzal was another Lamborghini ahead of its time with outlandish features that included the interior being covered in silver-colored leather and a hexagonal theme that continued throughout the overall design as well as in the dashboard layout
It can also be seen in the rear window and in the cross-section of the dashboard. The most striking feature, however, is the 4.5 m² glass surface of the wing doors, which extend to the center of the roof. To this day, the Marzal still holds the record for having the largest glass surface in a functional vehicle in history.
2. Miura: The car created by the youngest team in Lamborghini history
From the very beginning, Ferruccio Lamborghini offered brilliant young people many opportunities as an entrepreneur – the Miura project is a prime example of this decision. In an effort to challenge his competition, Ferruccio employed talented people selected by universities and among the youngest in the automotive world.
It was back in 1966 that Marcello Gandini (28) and Bob Wallace (28), took their respective positions as designer and test driver alongside Gian Paolo Dallara (30) as chief engineer and Paolo Stanzani (30) as his assistant, designed the now legendary Miura.
The skilled team had an average age of under 29 years and remains the youngest development team in the history of the car manufacturer from Sant’Agata. Each of them becoming leading figures in their respective fields,
3. Miura: The lowest production road vehicle: 105.5 centimeters high
In the 1960s, vehicle height and aerodynamics were the most important aspects in the joint vision of designers when developing a sports car. At just 105.5 centimeters high, the Lamborghini Miura is the lowest mass-produced road car of all time – a car that blazed the trail of high-performance supercars with others playing catch up.
To many, the Lamborghini Miura remains the world’s first supercar, pushing the boundaries of what was thought to be possible in designing an automobile. Not only did it push the boundaries of performance to the limit, but its sensuous form also gave automobile aesthetics a new direction. The classic Italian is now the most recognisable and perfect automotive silhouette to this day.
4. Lamborghini LM002: The first supersport SUV in history
Started as a project to develop a high-performance off-road vehicle for military use, the series model was presented for the first time under the name LM002 at the Brussels Motor Show in 1986.
When it was launched, the LM002 was a completely different vehicle compared to the rest of the market, absolutely avant-garde in shape and performance, to be equated with the super sports cars from Lamborghini.
The LM002 has a 5.167 cc engine and 450 hp at 6,800 rpm. The SUV proved itself in the field and presented itself with a design with powerful lines. A total of 300 copies were built between 1986 and 1992.
With its aluminum and fiberglass body, all-wheel drive, two-speed transfer case with self-locking center differential and climbing ability of up to 120 percent, the LM002 was the first super sports SUV in history, a solitaire. This award was confirmed by the current Lamborghini URUS, which is considered the direct successor to the LM002 and the first super SUV to be built in series.
5. Countach: The first car with scissor doors
The vertically opening Lamborghini doors, also known as “scissor doors”, are the hallmark of the most iconic V12 super sports car that Automobili Lamborghini has ever built.
The revolutionary Countach, designed by Marcello Gandini in 1971, was the first production car with vertically opening doors, which are still the hallmark of the most powerful cars made by the manufacturer from Sant’Agata Bolognese.
The decision to use this technology was not only an aesthetic one, but the opening upwards also had an advantage: It enabled the driver to lean out to have a better view of the area behind the car when reversing. It was also more practical when parking in tight spaces, as the long doors would otherwise not open sufficiently.
Since the Diablo, the successor to the Countach, through the Murciélago, Reventón, Veneno, Centenario and, last but not least, the Aventador series, the vertically opening doors have become a fundamental feature of the Lamborghini DNA in its 12-cylinder series.
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