For its 50th anniversary in 2013, Lamborghini decided to reward the world with the electrifying Veneno.  Much like the 2017 Centenario but much more exclusive, the Aventador-based Veneno sold for an incredible $4.5 million, making it one of the most expensive production cars ever.

A Production Race Car

With a goal of creating a racing prototype for the road, Lamborghini had a laser-like focus on weight savings as the Veneno was developed. Some of the more interesting lightweight additions include a carbon fibre monocoque and extensive use of the company’s patented Forged Composite material for the seats. A woven carbon fibre material called CarbonSkin was used on nearly every surface in the cockpit. The weight to power ratio is an impressive 1.93 kg/hp; compare that to about 2.5 for the standard 2011 Aventador Coupe. Of course, you need more than power and a low kerb weigh to make a great racing prototype, so Veneno designers devoted just as much attention to the car’s aerodynamics. That thrilling origami-style body and huge rear wing are designed to increase downforce for high-speed cornering, but they also make the Veneno to look like something that dropped down onto Earth from outer space.

Power and Performance

The Veneno’s 740 bhp 6.5-litre V12 is essentially the same unit used on the 2016- and newer Aventador S. Most outlets report a top speed of 221 mph, with a 0 to 60 time of just 2.8 seconds. Those are impressive figures, but let’s be honest: It wouldn’t be all that hard to name a handful of cars that can outperform the Veneno while costing a fraction as much. And we don’t really know much about the car’s track performance, so it is impossible to compare it to those more well-known supercars on that front. Clearly, though, most of the car’s value lies in the outlandish aesthetic and unmatched exclusivity.

And You Thought the LaFerrari was Rare

So, just how rare is the Lamborghini Veneno? Well, only 5 total examples were built, and of those, only 3 were ever sold to the public. A Spyder version debuted in 2014, however so keep your eye out and you might just find one for sale. With 9 examples of the nearly £3 million-convertible built, you will stand a much better chance of finding one of these beauties on the market.

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