Lamborghini's Veneno Roadster goes public

Last updated 06:19 04/12/2013

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Lamborghini's exclusive and expensive Veneno Roadster has finally made its public debut.

The wraps came off the limited-edition roadster at an "Italan evening" aboard the Italian navy aircraft carrier Nave Cavour on Sunday night in the port of Mina Zayed in Abu Dhabi.

Only nine of these rully road legal open top supercars will be built, costing they buyers a whopping NZ$5.45 million each. Construction of the nine cars will be in 2014.

The 6.5-litre V12 roadster, first unveiled with publicity shots in October, has a 0-100 kmh time of just 2.9 seconds, a top speed of 355 kmh and runs an all-wheel-drive system with a racing chassis.

The version shown off in Abu Dhabi was resplendent in the specially developed colour ''Rosso Veneno'', however as you would expect of NZ$5.45m, each client will be able to individualise the colour of his Veneno Roadster to suit their personal preference.

Lamborghini touts the roadster as extreme and guarantees an intense driving experience – because open means truly open. There is no roof, just a strong rollover bar for optimum safety. The design is focused on optimum aerodynamics and stability through fast corners – with handling akin to that of a racing prototype. Yet it is fully road legal.

Lamborghini adds the entire design has been laid out for perfect airflow and downforce. The front end works as a large aerodynamic wing. The visual division of the rear fenders from the car body is a reference to the world of racing cars and optimises the aerodynamic flow. The smooth underbody transitions into a substantial diffuser framing the four sizable exhaust pipes divided by a splitter. Large openings serve to ventilate the engine bay and direct airflow to the rear wing. The design of the adjustable rear wing is the product of motorsport experience and extensive aerodynamic simulation to ensure optimum airflow in the interaction of the rear wing with the rear diffuser.

The design of the exclusive alloy wheels is also determined by aerodynamic functionality – a carbon-fibre ring around the wheel rim works like a turbine to deliver additional cooling air to the carbon-ceramic brake discs.

Carbon fibre dominates construction and the car tips the scales at just 1490 kilograms and has a power-to-weight ratio of just 1.99kg/hp.

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