Lamborghini made the news once again with another brilliant car design that’s blowing away user expectations, albeit for a ridiculous price.
Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. is an Italian company that manufactures SUVs and sports cars. The company was founded in 1963 by Italian manufacturing tycoon Ferruccio Lamborghini. The aim was to come up with a sophisticated touring car that can compete with other luxury car brands such as Ferrari. Lamborghini is headquartered in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy. The present CEO of the company is Stefano Domenicali.
The company also provides servicing and maintenance of its cars. These luxury cars are sold through a network of dealerships around the world. The company’s logo is a raging bull and many of the cars are named after fighting bulls such as Diablo, Miura, Murcielago, and Gallardo.
Rumor has it that Francisco once owned a Ferrari and he was facing an issue with its clutch. When he reported the matter to the owner of Ferrari, it did not go down well with him. After the disagreement Francisco took it as a challenge to come up with luxury sports cars that work better than Ferrari.
In 1963, Ferruccio Lamborghini set up a state-of-the-art facility to manufacture high performing sports cars. Lamborghini 350GT was launched in the same year and became instantly popular. The company launched its first sports car called Miura Sports Coupe in 1966, a two-seater that could go beyond 185 mph. The luxury sports car was in high demand by the end of 1960s. Its impressive design and performance became an instant hit with sporting enthusiasts and celebrities alike. Ferruccio Lamborghini retired from the company in the year 1973 and moved to Umbria where he went on to establish an automobile museum.
Lamborghini was sold in 1964 to Georges Henri Rosetti and Rene` Leimer. The company went bankrupt in 1978 and was bought by Patrick Mimran in 1980. Patrick Mirman is widely known for saving the company as he invested large sums in its expansion and added newer models such as LM002 and Jalpa Sports Car that were in high demand.
Though the brand is immensely popular for luxury sports cars, it also produces motorbikes and marine engines. The most popular cars manufactured by the company include Espada, Jelpa, Urraco, Reventon, Gallardo, Sesto Elemento, Diablo, Countach, Veneno, and Miura. The latest cars developed by the company are Huracan and Aventador. The Aventador has two models named Roadster and LP700-4 Coupe respectively.
The company manufactured a few motorcycles in 1980s and they were called Design 90. Lamborghini collaborated with Boxer, a French motorcycle company to come up with six protypes of Design 90. The bikes had a fiberglass body and were designed after Lamborghini Countach, which was launched in 1988. Lamborghini has also been successful in developing marine engines.
Lamborghini was bought by the German company Audi in the year 1998. This led to Audi AG solely owning the company Automobili Lamborghini. After the takeover Lamborghini was finally able to find stability. In 2003, the company produced Gallardo, which was equipped with a V 10 engine. In the year 2008, Lamborghini manufactured 2,430 cars and the majority among them comprised the hot selling car Gallardo. Around 600 of these cars belonged to the flagship model Murcielago.
To date, this company has one of the most unique and striking modern designs for sports cars. The designs look similar to fighter planes with their steel cut body. The cars continue to be incredibly fast, as the Huracan model made a new top speed record with a speed of 259.67 mph in the Shift Sector Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack in Colorado.