Sunday, November 9, 2008

Lamborghini Murciélago (AUTOart)

The Lamborghini Murciélago is a high performance sports car produced by Italian automaker Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. and designed by Luc Donckerwolke. It was introduced in 2001 as the successor to the Diablo. The Murciélago is a two-door, two-seat coupé. To celebrate the company's 40 years in operation, 50 special edition Murciélagos were built during the autumn of 2003. An open-top version called the Murciélago Roadster was introduced in 2004 for the 2005 model year. The roadster features similar performance to the coupé with a more aggressive rear flank, as well as a considerably higher price tag. The Murciélago sports a 6.2-litre version of the Lamborghini V12, 580bhp engine, a six-speed manual or six-speed sequential automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive. It also has a rear spoiler that can be raised to an angle of 70 degrees, side mirrors that fold in to improve aerodynamics, and side scoops that automatically open to the needed size to let in just the right amount of air needed to cool its engine. The 2008 car's fuel economy is 8 miles per US gallon (3.4 km/l/9.6 mpg-imp) city and 13 miles per US gallon (5.5 km/l/16 mpg-imp) freeway, making it the least efficient 2008 car for city and highway driving, according to the EPA. In 2006 the Murciélago's engine was replaced by a stronger 6.5-liter engine and the car's name was changed to Murciélago LP640. For the 2007 model year Lamborghini did the same with the roadster model, which is now called Murciélago LP640 Roadster. Both versions received a minor facelift. The name Murciélago (pronounced moor-cee-EH-la-goh in traditional Castilian Spanish and moor-see-EH-la-goh in Spanish of Latin America) means "bat" in Spanish. A bull by this name survived 24 sword strokes in an 1879 fight at the arena of Córdoba, and fought with such passion and spirit that the matador chose to spare its life, a rare honor. In another Lamborghini tie-in, the bull was later presented as a gift to Don Antonio Miura, who was a noted breeder and whose bull ranch the Lamborghini Miura was named after, and went on to sire a line of famous fighting bulls.

Additional detail:

- installed high tension wires

- installed some hoses

- installed chrome belt holders for the injectors

- repianted some engine parts

- added door lock mechanisms

Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 (Norev)

The LP640 version was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2006, as a facelift for the coupé version. It features a 6.5 Liter engine, now producing 472 kW (642 PS/633 bhp), improving performance substantially. Like the base Murciélago, the engine is mounted "backwards", with the transmission in front of the engine and the differential behind it, instead of a transaxle normally seen on mid-engine cars. There were also a few minor external changes, primarily to the low air intakes.

The front and rear bumpers have been reshaped to channel air more efficiently, and the new exhaust has been shaped into the rear diffuser to minimize aerodynamic lift. The air intake on the left side has been enlarged to accommodate the feeding of the oil cooler. The car's body is made up of steel and carbon fiber, while underneath a revised suspension has been added to keep up with the car's performance. It also has an all-wheel-drive system that normally distributes 70% of the torque to the rear wheels, but can allocate up to 100% to either end depending on where the grip is running out. There are also new 18-inch (460 mm) Hermera alloy wheels running huge 335/30 tires at the rear. The LP640 retains the original car's scissor-opening doors.
Inside the LP640, the seating has been reshaped to accommodate greater headroom, while an upgraded instrument panel is flanked by an improved stereo system.

The LP640's optional equipment includes carbon ceramic brakes for swifter braking, chrome paddle shifters and a glass engine cover which shows off the LP640's engine.

A special edition version of the Murciélago LP640 was introduced at the Paris Motor Show. The Versace edition features a customized all-white exterior and a matching white interior. However, a one-of-a-kind black LP640 Versace and LP640 Roadster Versace were also presented by the factory.

LP stands for Longitudinale Posteriore, referring to the longitudinally-mounted, 6.5 L V12 engine, capable of producing up to 472 kW (642 PS/633 bhp) at 8000 rpm. Along with a new six-speed manual transmission, which can come in Lamborghini's optional paddle shift "E-gear" package, the LP640 can go from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.3 seconds: 0.4 of a second quicker than the previous Murciélago, and reach a top speed of 219+ mph. The LP640 is accommodated by an electronic Launch control device called "Thrust."

Additional details:

- lowered front ride height (stock was oddly high)
- added reflector stickers for front-side fender lights (stock was missing)
- added carpet on the flooring
- repainted seatbelt lock buttons
- repainted some parts on the engine
- added chrome belt holders for hoses on the engine
- added wirings on the engine

Friday, November 7, 2008

Lamborghini Diablo 6.0 VT (AUTOart)

In 1990, a new bull was born from the design work of once again, Marcelo Gandini. This was named the Diablo (devil in Spanish) and was created in replacement for the aging Countach. It reigned as Lamborghini's flagship from 1990 to 2001. The first Diablo was powered by a 5.7 liter, 492bhp, V12, 48valve engine, with a top speed exceeding 200mph. The first Diablo was followed by different variants. Such were, Diablo VT (Viscous Traction, all-wheel drive), SE30 (Special Edition 30th Anniversary), SE30 Jota, VT Roadster, SV (Sport Veloce), SV-R, GT, 6.0 and the GTR. The 6.0 VT and the GTR were conceived under Audi’s ownership since they bought the company in 1998. The 6.0 VT cars were produced from 2000-2001. Engine has been increased to 6.0 liter, 550bhp. It also received a face lift and changes on the sides and rear. The interior and dashboard was completely re-designed with touches on carbon fiber panels. Overall weight has also been reduced.

The 6.0 was their first (and last) truly intensive redesign of the car, meaning that it was more than just a cosmetic update to the existing model. Heavy styling changes both inside and out were made; the front bumper, ait intakes and nose as well as the entire dashboard, seats and switchgear were changed and improved. Displacing 6.0 litres and based on the motor that powered the Diablo GT, which in itself was essentially a modified version of the 5.7, the motor had updated ECU software in addition to new intake and exhaust systems and a refined variable valve timing system with slightly less aggressive camshafts had been used in the earlier versions.

Although the Diablo has been replaced by newer models, it holds the name “Bad Boy” of among the Lamborghini automobiles.

Additional details:

- added wirings and hoses on the engine
- installed throttle rod and levers.
-installed high tension wires
- installed braided fan belts over the plastic ones
- installed chrome belt holders for hoses
- installed radiator filler cap
- added few engine parts
- added door lock mechanisms