The company was founded in 1963 by Ferruccio Lamborghini. It was sold to Audi AG in 1998.
The only place in the world where a Lamborghini will not be a rare sight is Sant'Agata Bolognese, a small administrative division 32 km from Bologna. This place is home to Lamborghini, the Italian sports car maker. The company was founded in 1963 by Ferruccio Lamborghini. It was sold to Audi AG in 1998.
The company produced a record 2,430 vehicles in 2008. Of this, nearly 1,800 were the best-selling car, the Gallardo, and just over 630 of them were the flagship model, the Murcielago (above). The Murcielago can go from 0 to 100 kmph in 3.4 seconds. It has a top speed of 340 kmph.
Lamborghini has topped the Murcielago with a new version, the Murcielago SV. SV stands for "Super Veloce", meaning "super-fast". It costs 300,000 euros.
It takes about 130 people to hand-craft the Murcielago SV. The entire car is made of carbon fibre, except the steel roof and the doors.
The founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini, was fond of Ferraris, but found them too noisy for regular use. Once, Lamborghini realized that the clutch of his Ferrari was broken, and found that it was the same clutch he uses in his tractors. When he approached Ferrari for a replacement, the company told him he was a tractor maker and knew nothing about sports cars. Yeah, right.
Ferruccio Lamborghini chose the bull logo for Lamborghini because his sun sign was Taurus. The cars, too, are named after fighting bulls, such as the Miura, the Diablo, the Gallardo and the Murcielago.
Lamborghini provides two Gallardos to the Italian state police, which uses the cars for delivering organ transplants to patients.