Lamborghini surely doesn’t need an introduction; neither do the cars they produce. It’s widely known how exotic their vehicles are. But I’ve gathered some facts that you may not have known about this company.
Lamborghini – Prisoner of War
The founder of Lamborghini, Ferruccio Elio Arturo Lamborghini, was enlisted in the Italian Royal Air Forces during the World War 2. He was stationed on Rhodes island as a mechanical supervisor of the vehicle maintenance unit. Because of his sharp engineering skills under pressure, he became known as the finest mechanic in the war. Lamborghini was then taken as a prisoner of war in 1945 at the time of the British conquest.
Lamborghini police vehicles are used in several countries around the world. The most obvious city, where there is a significant presence, is Dubai. There, the police-fleet of supercars are used to lure tourists rather than for hot pursuits as most people think. This is according to their high officials.
But have you ever seen a police Lamborghini in Rome? Roaming the streets of St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican City you will find a much smaller and unusual Lamborghini. Here you will find police in Lamborghini golf carts. Yip, you read right. A golf cart! Not as fast as its bigger siblings but its small size makes it convenient for the narrow and tiny space of the streets.
In to the water we go!
Taking it off the road and into the water, Ferruccio produced a boat in the sixties. The decision came after he customized a luxurious factory tuned wooden runabout by a company called Riva (also Italian). He produced the Riva Aquarama Lamborghini, Hull No. 278. Ferruccio was also not too pleased about the V8 so he fitted it with a twin 4.0-litre V12 Lamborghini engines. This was the same engine that powered the 350GT at the time. Furthermore, he added a modified open exhaust and kept the boat for 20 years before selling it to a close friend in 1988.
In 2013 the boat was taken from a corner of a boatyard and underwent a complete restoration by Riva World. According to sources, it took about three years to restore the Aquarama to its former glory. The head of Dutch Riva, Sandro Zani, said,
“One of the two original engines from the Riva can still be seen in the Ferruccio Lamborghini Museum in Italy, but unfortunately wasn’t available for sale for this project”.
When Lamborghini was sold to Chrysler in 1978, the company unveiled a plan for a four-door sedan. I find it hard to picture a modern four-door Lamborghini sedan. Anyway, they named it Portofino. It was to be powered by a 3.5-litre engine that would be rear mounted. But this car never made it into production.
The first sports car
After Ferruccio had an incident with Enzo Ferrari, he put together the 350GTV and presented his first ever sports car (prototype) at the Turin Auto Show in 1963. It was a very memorable moment for him. However, because Ferruccio was desperate to launch the car, he did so with the lack of some important parts. He transferred production of the car to his tractor factory due to space and requirement of tools. The original engine also didn’t fit and bricks were used to fill voids in the engine bay. The car didn’t have brakes either.
Chief designers that were then newly assigned to the company noted that the model wasn’t suitable for mass production and dropped it. At a later stage, they then launched an improved model called the 350 GT as the first production car.
Lamborghini taking on the SUV market with its Urus is not a new age development. SUVs and Utility vehicle popularity began in the nineties. While many of the automakers headed for the consumer market, Lamborghini head for an untested sector. Although they had a failed attempt, the idea was to supply an SUV prototype, called Cheetah, to the US military. However, the failure of one project lead to the development of the LM002 and the Urus.
Pagani worked for Lamborghini
In the eighties, Horacio Pagani was employed by Lamborghini. He was a talented engineer that was known for his sweeping designs. He suggested to his Lamborghini bosses but failed to convince them, that carbon fiber parts would weigh less – ultimately resulting in a faster car. At requests, a series of demonstrations took place but to no avail. Ferrari then launched their F40 which made use of carbon fiber for the first time.
Horacio Pagani then decided to leave Lamborghini after this and started his own automobile company. He became the new player in the sports car industry named Pagani Automobili S.p.A.
There is one Lamborghini that’s not named after a Spanish bull or ranch. A model built between 1974 and 1990 still remains to be one of the company’s most popular models. According to industry experts, the name derived from a moment when one of the company’s engineers shouted an Italian word upon seeing the car for the first time. This word expressed a ‘high level of awe’. And what was that word… “Countach”.
All logos on products are in place for a reason. They represent the company in terms of its history and innovation. The automobile industry has some of the most recognizable logos in the world. These logos also inspire brand loyalty like no other industry.
Lamborghini’s raging bull flows into the veins of almost every product. All of the Italian automaker’s major products have a relation to bullfighting sports or named after a bull. This stems from an apparent time in 1962 when Ferruccio visited a ranch in the city of Sevilla, Spain. He saw the breeding of fighting bulls and carried that as his inspiration.
Apparently, Ferrari only took Lamborghini serious when they launched the Miura. The Miura debuted in 1966 and was one of the most exquisite cars of the 20th century. It dominated its time.