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OEM Report: Automotive

Pound for pound

By Lisa Rummler

February 2010 - At 3,894 lbs. with a full 26.4-gallon fuel tank, the 2010 Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce from Lamborghini, Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy, definitely wouldn't be considered a lightweight.

However, it's the lightest Murcielago, a line of cars launched in 2001. But according to MotorTrend Magazine, it's also the most powerful and fastest Murcielago ever built.

A key reason for this is the use of carbon composites and new superhigh-strength sectional steel (instead of tubular steel). MotorTrend reported that the latter boosted torsional stiffness by 12 percent while saving 44 lbs.

"The hand-finished interior is all carbon fiber and Alcantara (which Lamborghini claims is lighter than leather) and features hip-hugging, lightweight, race car bucket seats, saving a further 75 lbs.," according to MotorTrend.

Need for speed
The SuperVeloce can reach 62 mph in 3.2 seconds, and its top speed is a little more than 200 mph. The car can also go a quarter mile in 11.4 seconds at 125.8 mph.

Additionally, the SuperVeloce is powered by a 6.5-liter, 60-degree V-12 engine--with an edge--that drives all four wheels through a six-speed manual transmission and limited flip front and rear differentials, according to MotorTrend.

"[It] has been given a 30-hp bump courtesy of a modified intake system and optimization of the valve train," according to the magazine. "This mighty lump now churns out 661 American hp ... at a howling 8,000 rpm and 487 lb.-ft. of torque at 6,5000 rpm."

The V-12 is visible thanks to a transparent polycarbonate engine bonnet, which is cut into hexagonal plates. It serves a practical function--providing cooling--and adds to the car's aesthetic appeal.

Cool factor
Other elements that ratchet up the SuperVeloce's appearance are its exhaust tailpipe and rear wing, according to Wallpaper magazine[www.wallpaper.com].

"Other nice touches, like the electronically operated air-cooling funnels that automatically rise from the rear wings, do nothing to dispel the impression that the SuperVeloce is a living, breathing thing," the magazine reported. FFJ

Sources

Company Profiles

AIR FILTRATION

IRONWORKERS

NESTING SOFTWARE

SERVICE CENTERS

Camfil APC - Equipment Trilogy Machinery Inc. Metamation Inc. Admiral Steel
Camfil APC - Replacement Filters

LASER TECHNOLOGY

PLASMA TECHNOLOGY

Alliance Steel
Donaldson Company Inc. AMADA AMERICA, INC. Messer Cutting Systems Inc.

SOFTWARE

BENDING/FOLDING

Mazak Optonics Corp.

PLATE

Enmark Systems Inc.
MetalForming Inc. MC Machinery Systems Inc. Peddinghaus Lantek Systems Inc.
RAS Systems LLC Murata Machinery, USA, Inc.

PLATE & ANGLE ROLLS

SecturaSOFT

BEVELING

TRUMPF Inc. Davi Inc. SigmaTEK Systems LLC
Steelmax Tools LLC

LINEAR POSITION SENSORS

Trilogy Machinery Inc. Striker Systems

COIL PROCESSING

MTS Sensors

PRESS BRAKE TOOLING

STAMPING/PRESSES

Bradbury Group

MATERIAL HANDLING

Mate Precision Tooling AIDA-America Corp.
Burghardt + Schmidt Group EMH Crane Rolleri USA Nidec Press & Automation
Butech Bliss Fehr Warehouse Solutions Inc.

PRESS BRAKES

STEEL

Red Bud Industries UFP Industrial AMADA AMERICA, INC. Alliance Steel
Tishken

MEASUREMENT & QUALITY CONTROL

Automec Inc.

TUBE & PIPE

CONVEYOR SYSTEMS

Advanced Gauging Technologies MC Machinery Systems Inc. BLM Group
Mayfran International

METAL FABRICATION MACHINERY

SafanDarley HGG Profiling Equipment Inc.

DEBURRING/FINISHING

Cincinnati Inc.

PUNCHING

Prudential Stainless & Alloys
ATI Industrial Automation LVD Strippit Hougen Manufacturing

WATERJET

Lissmac Corp. Scotchman Industries Inc.

SAWING

Barton International
Osborn Trilogy Machinery Inc. Behringer Saws Inc. Jet Edge Waterjet Systems
SuperMax Tools

METAL FORMING

Cosen Saws Omax Corp.
Timesavers FAGOR Arrasate USA Inc. DoALL Sawing

WELDING

HYDRAULIC PRESSES

MetalForming Inc. HE&M Saw American Weldquip
Beckwood Press Co.

MICROFINISHING TOOLS

Savage Saws Strong Hand Tools
Triform Titan Tool Supply Inc.

 

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