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Lamborghini's lightweight deviltry

Lamborghini unveils the Sesto Elemento at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

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Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
Lamborghini unveiled the Sesto Elemento as a lightweight concept at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Wayne Cunningham/CNET

To achieve a weight of only 2,200 pounds for a concept based on its Gallardo platform, Lamborghini must have relied on black magic.

But although the Sesto Elemento looks devilish enough, its black magic is carbon fiber. Lamborghini previously suggested it would attempt to meet new European emissions regulations partly by reducing the weight of its cars, and this concept shows to what extremes it is willing to go.

The Gallardo weighs in at 3,307 pounds, reasonably light for a V-10 powered car with all-wheel drive. But for the Sesto Elemento Lamborghini managed to shave off more than a thousand pounds by building the body and some structural elements out of carbon fiber. Aluminum was also used to help lighten the load.