Lamborghini is the name of the founder Ferruccio Lamborghini. The bull symbol on the cars is actually his birth sign. He founded it in 1963 when he was 47 years old. The factory is located in Italy in the village of Sant’Agata Bolognese near Bologna. He was a tractor manufacturer before he became interested in sports cars. The fastest Lamborghini was reported to have a top speed of 370 km/h and is the Le Mans version of the Murcielago R-GT. Lamborghini used to be an independent company but went bankrupt in 1978 and was sold to Chrysler. Then in 1998 Audi took over ownership and is also part of the Volkswagen Group.
Most of the models are produced with V12 engines and no Lamborghini has ever been produced with less than a V8 engine! The first Lamborghini was produced in 1963 and had a top speed of 280 km/h. The Coutach came out in 1974 and went 300km/h an hour. The Coutach, the Diablo and the Murcielago all have scissor doors but the Gallardo does not. The famous actor Nicolas Cage once owned the Shah of Iran’s Lamborghini! It was the Lamborghini Miura SVJ built for Prince Ali-Reza Pahlavi. Cage bought the car in 1997 for $500,000 and kept it until 2001. You can’t outrun the police in Italy because they all drive the super fast Lamborghini.
The Miura version actually had its mid-engine V-12 sitting sideways in the vehicle. The Audi R8 is really a re-bodied Gallardo with an Audi V8 instead of V10. In Rocky IV, Rocky can be seen behind the wheel of a beautiful Lamborghini Jalpa. Lamborghini produced the Jalpa in 1981 to 1989. The exhaust valves may be cocaine-filled. The prototype Jalpa Syder was constructed but never sold. Lamborghini is going green. They are lowering their companies C02 output and hoping to get a 35% reduction by 2015! They are installing 17,000 square meters of solar panels on the factory roof. They are improving inside too with insulation, lighting and climate control.
They are focusing on their vehicles as well. They are expanding the use of direct injection technology. Their engineers are working on things like weight reduction, auto start/stop systems, combustion, and hybrid drive and bio-fuel usage. The company has teamed up with such names as Versace and Nokia for different promotions. The new Gallardo Superleggera is going for 170,000 and has a year waiting list!