In Honor of Ferruccio…

 

Lamborghini Centenario

Lamborghini Centenario

 

From British prisoner of war to one of the richest men in Italy, Ferruccio Lamborghini spent a bunch of his POW time fixing stuff for the Allies in a British motor pool.  Learning as he went he, after the war, started a tractor factory and amassed a fortune.  And the sports cars?

Story goes Ferruccio Lamborghini walks into Enzo Ferrari’s factory one grey afternoon, complaining about the broke clutch in his Ferrari.  When Enzo refused to meet him, Ferruccio went back to his tractor factory and found that the Borg and Beck clutch he used in his agricultural machines was the same as his broken Ferrari clutch.  Problem solved.

 

Ferruccio Lamborghini

Ferruccio Lamborghini

 

But with it came a burning desire to design and build his own sports cars to outdo Ferrari, beating Enzo at his own game.

He didn’t, of course, but from humble beginnings constructing tractors, Lamborghini went on to become one of the greatest supercar manufacturers in the world.

So in honor of what would be his 100th birthday, Lamborghini has created the LP-770-4, known simply as the Centenario.

The stuff underneath the skin is all derived from the Aventador, and that is a damn good start.

 

Lamborghini Centenario

Lamborghini Centenario

 

Bump up the redline by 100 utterly unnoticeable revs, increase the horsepower to 759, and this now makes this the most powerful production engine ever produced by Lamborghini, capable of hitting that now gold standard of sub-3 seconds to 60 MPH.

Lamborghini says it is going to build only 40 Centenarios (shouldn’t they have built 100?), each with a list price of $2M, and if Lamborghini has not reached out to you personally already, assume you are out of luck.

http://www.lamborghini.com/en/models/centenario-lp-770-4/video/watch-the-film/ (1:50)

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