1. Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. is an Italian automobile company that makes luxury, high end sports cars. Lamborghini was set by an Italian engineer Feruccio in 1963.
2. Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. emerged as a result of rivalry between Feruccio Lamborghini and Enzo Ferrari (of Ferrari automobiles ) who at that time had been known as a renowned manufacturer of sports cars. Feruccio Lamborghini himself was an accomplished engineer; he was an owner and manager of a thriving company, which produced agricultural machinery. A rumour has it, that two great constructors had a conflict after Lamborghini had turned to Enzo Ferrari due to the broken clutch on his Ferrari 250 GT. It’s thought that quick-tempered Enzo recommended Feruccio to deal exclusively with tractors, and never even touch a sports car. Feruccio Lamborghini took it as a challenge resolving to use his assets, experience, and enthusiasm to found a company, capable of moving toe-to-toe with Ferrari.
3. This may come up as a surprise to some of you, but Lamborghini never engaged in any major motorsports competitions. According to the will of Feruccio Lamborghini, his company stayed away from racing, since the renowned Italian engineer always thought the motorsports for a big waste of time and resources.
4. 1 thing Lamborgini was known for is its own top-notch layout.
5. People usually think of luxury and high heeled grand tourers, whenever someone mentions the name Lamborghini. Nevertheless, the Italian automaker has created few unusual models. Feruccio Lamborghini had an extensive experience in producing tractors, so it seemed natural for him to try his hand at designing a car with high off-road capabilities. Lamborghini LM002 was the first SUV, built by Italian automobile manufacturer. Combining speed and luxuriousness with exceptional off-road capabilities, Lamborghini LM002 was in many respects far ahead of its time. When it comes to relaxation and ability to cross the tricky terrain, just Land Rover could compete with LM002. Unfortunately, automobile market was not quite ready for the new luxury SUV. Therefore, regardless of the orders from armed forces of Saudi Arabia and Libya, Lamborghini sold only 301 vehicles.
6. The Italian automaker launched its first generation version in 1963.
7. The Italian company uses quite distinctive naming convention for its car models. Feruccio Lamborghini was quite a fan of Spanish bullfight. In 1963, he visited the cattle-bred farm Miura in Seville. It was owned by Don Eduardo Miura Fernandez, one of the most renowned breeders of fighting bulls in Spain. This trip had a strong influence on the Italian industrialist. In fact, he was so impressed with the traditional art of bullfighting, he made a decision to name all his new sports cars after famous fighting bulls. Ferruccio Lamborghini was convinced, a title of a fighting bull will emphasize the untamed nature of sports cars created under Lamborghini marque. Incidentally, Ferruccio Lamborghini himself was also a bull in a feeling, since his zodiac sign was Taurus. (He was born on April 28, 1916).
8. The first model to be introduced to the world under the”bullish” title was Lamborghini Miura. The sport car debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 1966. The public warmly received it; however, spectators were somewhat confused, since they were not allowed to open the hood. This wasn’t a coincidence: there was simply no engine under it! Since the motor was still being designed, the prototype was delivered to the Geneva Motor Show with a ballast rather than an engine under the hood. Eventually, Miura proved to be a very good car.
9. Lamborghini Countach was produced by the Italian firm for 16 years (from 1974 to 1990). Notably, this sports car is one of the a few Lamborghini models, using a title that has nothing to do with bulls and bullfighting. The word”countach” comes in the Piedmontese language, spoken in a region of Piedmont at North-West of Italy. It is an expression of excitement or astonishment and could be translated as”Heavens!” According to the legend, Nuccio Bertone himself made such an exclamation when he saw the first sketches of the upcoming supercar.
10. The story of Lamborghini was not always a story of success. In 1987, the American automobile giant Chrysler, practically saved it from oblivion by obtaining it. The same year, the Italian automobile manufacturer presented a peculiar concept car under the title of Portofino. It was a sedan with four doors of the guillotine type, powered by a 3.5-liter engine installed at the rear. Although it remained just a prototype, its design and image was then embodied in many Chrysler cars.
11. In 1994, Lamborghini was acquired by an undercover investment group. It was a period of uncertainty for the Italian marque. The German auto giant Volkswagen saved the famed vehicle manufacturer. Since 1998, Volkswagen has controlled Lamborghini through its subdivision Audi.
12. The design of modern Lamborghini is unusual even for supercars. The designer Filippo Perini confessed that he attracted an inspiration from military aviation. He was especially impressed by American B-2 and F-22 aircraft when working on Lamborghini Aventador.
13. It turned out that the powerful Lamborghini V12 engine is a perfect fit for speedboats in addition to supercars. Such a technical symbiosis is not a common thing in auto industry. The luxury boat Riva Aquarama became one of the leaders of the market as a result of high performance and flexibility of the incredible Lamborghini V12 engine.
14. Interestingly, Lamborghini cars are used by the authorities of United Arab Emirates and Italy. It makes sense if you consider it; nothing can detract offenders and attract tourists like the world’s fastest police car!
15. As we have already said, Feruccio Lamborghini failed motorsports and tried to steer clear of it. Nonetheless, the Italian vehicle manufacturer is revising this strict policy, since today it’s a handicap for an automaker that specializes in supercars to ignore motorsports in its entirety. Currently, the company has some noteworthy presence in the world of car racing. Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. along with the Swiss watchmaker Blancpain teamed up to launch this prestigious global motor racing series. In 2009, the Swiss firm even presented a particular watch, devoted to this mono-brand championship.
16. This surprises no one that Lamborghini brand has some of the most impressive achievements in the auto world. The previous one was 384 km / h speed record set by the Lamborghini Huracan during half a mile race.
17. Lamborghini has quite a long and profitable relationship with Italian wheel maker PIRELLI. The Italian automaker even made the special version of Lamborghini AVENTADOR, devoted to PIRELLI.
18. Lamborghini AVENTADOR includes a designation of LP 700-4 700 where”700″ stands for 700 h/p engine and”4″ for a four-wheel-drive.
19. Lamborghini is partly responsible for the emerging of this well-known automobile marque Pagani. The founder of this Pagani Automobili S.p.A, Horacio Pagani, had worked as an engineer at Lamborghini until he quit because of inability to employ his own thoughts. In 1988, the famous Argentinian constructor, eager to use his designer talent and produce his own product, created a new firm Pagani Automobili S.p.A.
20. These days, Lamborghini supercars are powered by V8 or V12 engines. The ratio between these two engine types is roughly 3:1.