One Of Just Nine Lamborghini Veneno Roadsters Is Going Up For Auction

22 January 2020
Gear, Cars, Lamborghini, Veneno Roadsters, Auction, Hypercar
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Formerly owned by a member of the Saudi Royal Family

It's probably fair to say that the turn of the 2010s marked a pivotal moment in car design. Compared to the supercars of the decade prior, the modern day hypercars that have been made since then have taken on an almost timeless air of extreme design. From the LaFerrari to the Ford Fiesta, many modern day cars seem almost future-proof in the way they look, and it's largely thanks in part to some of the cars that pushed boundaries more than ever.

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One of these is the Lamborghini Veneno: an ultra-limited hypercar that the Bolognese manufacturer unleashed upon the world in 2013. Make no mistake about it: when the Veneno — named after one of the most notorious fighting bulls ever — was first unveiled, it raised serious eyebrows with its design. "In a week when they’ve put a comedian in parliament and a pope in a helicopter," wrote Top Gear, "it’s perhaps unsurprising that the Italians have also made this Lamborghini Veneno."

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Lamborghini went on to make just 9 Venenos in total, four hard tops and 5 roadsters, one of which was retained by Lamborghini themselves and three of which were reserved for a trio of their most passionate customers. Now, one of the other five produced has hit the auction block in Paris.

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The car's wild looks speak for themselves, and it could be argued that alongside the Sesto Elemento that got seriously famous through Top Gear, the Veneno helped set the stage for the radical design path that Lamborghini would depart down over the course of the decade — eventually leading to cars like the Sian, the SC18 Alston, and the company's first hybrid hypercar, the LB48H Terzo Millennio.

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"The designers at the Centro Stile Lamborghini pushed design to its limits, working to maximize downforce by increase handling stability through fast corners. With form truly following function, each crisp line serves to provide minimal drag and channel air to cool its engine. Carbon fiber plays a crucial role in its construction, with the car's carbon monocoque visible within the car around its central tunnel and door stills."

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According to auctioneers Sotheby's, the car had only one owner before it was sold to a member of the Saudi Royal Family. Between them, they only put 450km on the Veneno's 6.5-liter V-12 engine — an uprated version of the engine otherwise used in the LP700-4 Aventador. Combined with the Veneno's radically stripped-back frame, the final product boasts a power to weight ration of just under 2kg/hp.

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"Set to be a future classic and undoubtedly one of the most desirable Lamborghinis ever built, it is clear that the Veneno's design will continue to influence Lamborghini's regular production cars for years to come. This would be a centerpiece of any collection of 21st-century hypercars."

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The car is expected to sell for between $7.3 and $8.9 million. You can learn more about it at Sotheby's website.


Via GQ Australia