The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is anything but an ordinary car, so when it came time for a public introduction, why not the flight deck of an Italian aircraft carrier? And why not have the ship, the Nave Cavour, tied up at Abu Dhabi’s Mina Zayed port?
Consider the car. The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is what’s becoming the current trend in megabuck sports car, an extremely limited production model that guarantees exclusivity more than just money could. There will be only nine Veneno Roadsters, ever. You’re in a rare zip code if there’s another one on your bock.
Of course, a number of them will be going to places where they don’t have zip codes, hence the Abu Dhabi introduction. “Lamborghini has an extremely strong following in the region for its super sports cars, with the Middle East one of our largest markets in the world,” said Stephan Winklemann, president and CEO of Lamborghini.
Lamborghini doesn’t talk about who buys their cars, but no doubt a significant portion of the nine $4.4-million Veneno Roadsters are destined for the garages of Middle Eastern oil royals.
As long as the oil holds out, of course, who can blame them? The Veneno rolls some impressive numbers. Powered by a 6.5-liter V12 mounted amidships, the Veneno hits the pavement with 750 horsepower through permanent all-wheel drive and a semi-automatic ISR transmission with five shift map settings.
The monocoque chassis is carbon fiber intensive, with all exterior parts made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic. As a result, the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster has a full up has a dry weight of only 3,278 pounds. That gives the Lamborghini Veneno a power-to-weight ratio of just 4.38 lb/hp, and that gives the Veneno the ability to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 2.9 seconds.
Top speed is said to be 221 mph, made possible by the Veneno’s aerodynamics as much as its horsepower. The entire front of the car is said to work as a large aerodynamic wing while the “visual division” of the rear fenders from the car body not only gives the appearance of a race car but also, says Lamborghini, optimizes the aerodynamic flow.
The underbody is smooth, transitioning into a diffuser framing the four big exhaust pipes divided by a splitter. The large openings in the bodywork ventilate the engine bay along with directing airflow to the rear wing. The design of the adjustable rear wing comes from motorsports and extensive aerodynamic simulation to determine optimum airflow between the rear wing and the rear diffuser.
So yeah, it’s a fast car.
But the party? What about the party on the aircraft carrier? Let Lamborghini describe it:
“The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster was unveiled in the presence of His Excellency Giorgio Starace, Italian Ambassador to the UAE and the Admiral of High Seas Forces, Paolo Treu. Guests on board Nave Cavour enjoyed hospitality from chef Corrado Corti of Italy’s famous Hotel Splendido in Portofino, who flew in especially for the occasion. Singer and actress Elena Bonelli opened the event with the Italian national anthem; fashion designer Giada Curti offered a tableau vivant of her creations with ten top models. One of the happy few to sit in the Veneno Roadster was former captain of the national Italian soccer team and 2006 world champion Fabio Cannavaro.”
And you weren’t invited? Us neither.