1. Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. is an Italian automobile company that makes luxury, high end sports cars. Lamborghini was founded by an Italian engineer Feruccio in 1963.
2. Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. emerged as a result of competition between Feruccio Lamborghini and Enzo Ferrari (of Ferrari automobiles ) who at that time already had been known as a renowned manufacturer of sports cars. Feruccio Lamborghini himself was an accomplished engineer; he had been an owner and manager of a thriving firm, which produced agricultural machinery. A rumour has it, that two great constructors had a conflict after Lamborghini had turned personally to Enzo Ferrari due to the broken clutch on his Ferrari 250 GT. It is 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 passion 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 significant motorsports competitions. According to the will of Feruccio Lamborghini, his company stayed away from racing, because the famous Italian engineer always believed the motorsports to be a big waste of time and resources.
4. One thing Lamborgini was known for is its top-notch layout.
5. Nonetheless, 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. Combining speed and luxuriousness with exceptional off-road capacities, Lamborghini LM002 was in many respects far ahead of its time. When it comes to relaxation and ability to cross the difficult terrain, only 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 just 301 vehicles.
6. The Italian automaker launched its first generation model in 1963.
7. The Italian company uses very 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, among the most renowned breeders of fighting bulls in Spain. This visit had a powerful influence on the Italian industrialist. In fact, he was so impressed with the traditional art of bullfighting, that he made a choice to name all his new sports cars after famous fighting bulls. Ferruccio Lamborghini was convinced, a title of a fighting bull will highlight the untamed nature of sport cars created under Lamborghini marque. Incidentally, Ferruccio Lamborghini himself was also a bull in a sense, because his zodiac sign was Taurus.
8. The first model to be introduced to the world under the”bullish” name was Lamborghini Miura. The public warmly received ithowever, spectators were somewhat confused, because they were not allowed to open the hood. This was not a coincidence: there was simply no engine under it! Since the engine was still being designed, the prototype was delivered to the Geneva Motor Show with a ballast instead of an engine under the hood. Eventually, Miura proved to be a very good car.
9. Lamborghini Countach was produced by the Italian company for 16 years (from 1974 to 1990). Notably, this sports car is one of the a few Lamborghini models, with a title that has nothing to do with bulls and bullfighting. The word”countach” comes from the Piedmontese language, spoken in a region of Piedmont at North-West of Italy. It’s an expression of excitement or astonishment and can be translated as”Heavens!” According to the legend, Nuccio Bertone himself made this exclamation when he saw the first sketches of the upcoming supercar.
10. The story of Lamborghini wasn’t necessarily a story of success. In 1987, the American automobile giant Chrysler, practically saved it from oblivion by acquiring 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 with a 3.5-liter engine installed in the rear. Although it remained only a prototype, its image and design was then embodied in many Chrysler cars.
11. In 1994, Lamborghini was obtained through an undercover investment group. It was a period of uncertainty for the Italian marque. The German automobile giant Volkswagen saved the famous vehicle manufacturer. Since 1998, Volkswagen has controlled Lamborghini through its subdivision Audi. Undoubtedly, this was a mutually beneficial union for the two companies.
12. The design of modern Lamborghini is unusual even for supercars. The steel-cut body style, which became the signature of most Lamborghini models, makes it akin to fighter planes. The designer Filippo Perini confessed that he drew 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 the ideal 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 this marketplace as a result of high performance and flexibility of the incredible Lamborghini V12 engine.
14. Interestingly, Lamborghini automobiles are used by the authorities of United Arab Emirates and Italy. It makes sense if you think about itnothing can detract offenders and attract tourists like the world’s fastest police car!
15. As we have already said, Feruccio Lamborghini neglected motorsports and tried to stay away from it. Nevertheless, the Italian automobile manufacturer is revising this strict policy, since now it is a handicap for an automaker that specializes in supercars to dismiss motorsports in its entirety. Currently, the business has some noteworthy presence in the world of car racing. The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo is a good example of a successful collaboration between the two legendary brands. Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. and the Swiss watchmaker Blancpain teamed up to launch this prestigious global motor racing series. In 2009, the Swiss firm even presented a particular watch, dedicated to this mono-brand championship.
16. This surprises no one that Lamborghini brand has a number of the most impressive achievements in the auto world.
17. Lamborghini has a very long and fruitful relationship with Italian wheel maker PIRELLI. The Italian automaker even made the special version of Lamborghini AVENTADOR, devoted to PIRELLI.
19. Lamborghini is partially responsible for the emerging of this well-known automobile marque Pagani. The creator of this Pagani Automobili S.p.A, Horacio Pagani, had worked as an engineer at Lamborghini until he quit due to inability to use his own thoughts. In 1988, the famous Argentinian constructor, eager to put in use his designer talent and make his own product, created a new firm Pagani Automobili S.p.A.
20. These days, Lamborghini supercars are powered by either V8 or V12 engines. The ratio between these two engine types is approximately 3:1.