Celebrating the brand’s 50th anniversary, the Lamborghini Veneno is a special version built in just three units and featuring an extreme, controversial design.
With the Veneno, Laborghini’s trademark extreme proportions, arrow-shaped front end, razor-sharp lines and precise surfaces are taken to the extreme.
Lamborghini reports that the Veneno’s design is “consistently focused on optimum aerodynamics and cornering stability” as well as optimal engine cooling, however it is indisputable that the new supercar looks exaggerated and possibly overstyled.
Based on the Aventador, this special edition is basically a racing prototype fully homologated for the road.
The Veneno is equipped with a twelve-cylinder power unit with a displacement of 6.5 liters, coupled with a 7-speed ISR transmission with 5 driving modes and permanent all-wheel drive.
With a maximum output of 552 kW / 750 hp, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 355 km/h.
The carbon fiber chassis is produced as a CFRP monocoque, as is the outer skin of this extreme sports car.
Like the exterior, the interior features patented materials such as Forged Composite and CarbonSkin.
The Veneno is priced at three million Euros plus tax and all three units – besides the one displayed at Geneva, owned by the company – have already been sold.
Below we report the design details.
From the official Press Release:
The name “Veneno”
Fully in keeping with the tradition of the brand, the name of the Veneno originates from a legendary fighting bull.
Veneno is the name of one of the strongest and most aggressive fighting bulls ever, also famous for being one of the fastest bulls in the history of bullfighting.
His name became popular in 1914, when he fatally wounded the famous torero José Sánchez Rodríguez during the bullfight in the arena Sanlúcar de Barrameda’s, Andalusia, Spain.
Every detail of its form pursues a clear function – exceptional dynamics, optimum downforce with minimal drag and perfect cooling of the high-performance engine.
The entire front end of the Lamborghini Veneno has been laid out for perfect airflow and downforce.
The front end works as a large aerodynamic wing. Large channels guide the air to the outlets in the front hood and in front of the windshield, as well as to the front wheels.
Characteristic for Lamborghini is the Y shape of the angular headlamps that reach well into the fenders as well as the scissor doors.
The division of the fenders from the car body is a reference to the world of sport prototypes and optimizes at the same time the aerodynamic flow.
The side line of the Veneno is therefore dominated by enormous sills and the mighty wheel arches front and rear. Here, too, sophisticated aerodynamics ensure perfect airflow to the large openings for engine cooling and intake air.
Just like the front end, the rear of the Veneno has also been optimized for underbody aerodynamics and high speed cornering stability.
The smooth underbody transitions into a substantial diffuser framing the four sizable exhaust pipes divided by a splitter to increase the level of downforce peak.
Large openings serve to ventilate the engine bay and manage the airflow to the rear wing, with the only sealed area at the rear being reserved for the license plate.
The rear lights, including brake lights, indicator lights and fog lights, pick up the Y theme as well. The engine cover sports six wedge-shaped openings, with the focus here, too, on optimum dissipation of heat from the engine.
The engine cover extends into a large central “shark” fin, which improves efficiency during braking and rear-end stability, by delivering additional downforce at high yaw angles and thus increasing the high-speed cornering performance.
The adjustable rear wing’s design is the product of Motorsport experience and extensive aerodynamic simulation to ensure the best performance of rear wing interaction with rear diffuser air flow.
The exclusive alloy wheels measure 20 inches at the front and 21 inches at the rear and are equipped with center mountings. Their design is also determined by aerodynamic functionality – a carbon-fiber ring around the wheel rim works like a turbine to deliver additional cooling air to the carbon-ceramic brake discs.
The Veneno is painted in an all-new, grey metallic-look color with individual parts gleaming in the black of the visible carbon-fiber structure.
The only car to display all three colors of the Italian flag as an accent is the car shown at Geneva, the unit which will remain property of Lamborghini.
The three cars sold to customers each feature a single color of the Italian national flag, together a triology in green, white and red accents and thus representing each a unique piece.