9. December 2013
Quite clearly there is a world that is almost totally separate from the one that most of us live in. No, this isn’t some sort of philosophical musing, but rather a statement of some fact.
“Fact?” you wonder.
Well, consider this. Lamborghini introduced the Veneno Roadster last week.
It plans to build nine of them in 2014.
It has priced the cars at 3.3-million Euro each. That’s not including taxes. That’s roughly $4.5-million U.S. For a car. One.
The Veneno roadster was introduced on the deck of an Italian Navy aircraft carrier, the Nave Cavour. Not knowing anything about the Italian Navy, I Googled it and discovered that, at least according to Wikipedia, the number of aircraft carriers in the fleet is two.
Which means that Lamborghini had one of the two to introduce a car. Guess that helps explain why Admiral of the High Seas Forces, Paolo Treu, was on board the Nave Cavour.
The ship was docked in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Chances are, a good fraction of the nine Venenos will be sold there.
A different world.
The Veneno has a 750-hp, 6.5-liter V12 engine. It accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds. The time it has taken you to read this sentence is about 2.9 seconds.
It has a top speed of 221 mph.
The Veneno is a study in carbon fiber composite construction. The monocoque. The body panels. The two bucket seats are carbon fiber, as is the trim throughout the interior. There is a carbon-fiber ring around each wheel rim, acting as a turbine to provide additional cooling air for the brakes. Which have carbon-ceramic discs.
The Veneno weighs just 3,278 pounds.
There is no roof.
It probably doesn’t rain much in that other world.