Nobody can deny the irresistible Lamborghini – no matter which model or year you buy. The company’s lineup has often been equated with “success” and reserved for the wealthiest people in the world. Today we’re going to look at several facts about Lamborghini you may (or may not) have known about.
Imagine that one of the most innovative and legendary car manufacturers (and supercar) in history was named after you. The Lamborghini is named after the founder of the company: Ferruccio Lamborghini. He created his own company and originally manufactured tractors.
- World Record Holder
Not many cars reach the top speed of nearly 400 km/h. However, when Lamborghini released the Murcielago R-GT onto the streets, it reached 370 km/h. It is designated as the fasted Lamborghini in the world.
- Revolutionise SUVs
The manufacturer had plans of designing SUVs to be supercars all the way back in 2012. Earlier this year, they were released to the public. The Lamborghini Urus had an SUV concept, with a 600bhp power output. That was a long time ago, and there are still rumors swirling about the internet to this day. Regardless, a Lamborghini SUV will undoubtedly revolutionize SUV manufacturers and change how these class of vehicles are made. Be sure to keep your eyes open for them at your local Lamborghini rental dealership.
- Raging Bulls
While this next fact may not be surprising to Lamborghini aficionados, it was surprising to learn that many models in the company’s lineup are named after Spanish legends. For example, the 1968 Islero, 1971 Miura SV, 1981 Jalpa, and 2006 Murcielago LP640 are all named after bulls. (The Murcielago was a bull that refused to die – surviving 28 sword strikes.)
- Almost Nobody Bought Them
Near the end of the 20th century, sales rapidly declined around the world. This was because of the economic and financial crisis that dragged down nearly every car manufacturing company. It can be argued that these cars, beautiful as they are, are simply too expensive for the average consumer.
Mr. Lamborghini initially drove a Ferrari when he manufactured tractors. However, because of his increasing frustrations with the car, he grew inspired to design his own car. This gave birth to the first Lamborghini in existence in 1963, the 350GTV.
- Ownership Woes
Lamborghini has had its fair share of ownership exchanges over the period of its timeline. In 1987, Chrysler Corporation purchased the company in 1987. Then V’Power Corporation and Mycom Setdco owned it in 1994. Just four years later, The Volkswagen Group ended up purchasing Lamborghini.
- They Saved Lives
Gallardo were the designated car of choice by Italian police. Seeing as how Lamborghinis reach insane top speeds, it’s easy to see why. Italian police used the Gallardos for transferring donated organs to nearby hospitals. Sadly, they were destroyed in the line of duty.
- You Are Somebody
Lamborghini’s have often been the classic symbol of the rich and famous for decades. Perhaps this is because Frank Sinatra, the so-called “King of Cool”, famously insulted Ferraris (and helped sell more Lambos) when he said: “When you want to be somebody, you buy a Ferrari. You buy a Lamborghini when you are somebody.”
During World War II, Ferruccio Lamborghini served his country. He was posted on the secluded island o Rhodes by the Italian Royal Air Force. During his stint there, he worked as a specialist vehicle maintenance supervisor and expert mechanic. Often to the point that he could be to mechanics what Elon Musk is to space enthusiasts.
History is often filled with interesting facts that not many of us know about. The history of Lamborghini cannot be rivaled or matched in today’s world. While us mere mortals will rarely have the chance to buy them in our lifetime, we can still marvel at them from afar.