Lamborghini isn't done celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. After producing the limited-to-three Veneno hypercar, the Italian carmaker will be producing the Veneno Roadster, an "open racing prototype with an extreme design and breathtaking performance" that will be limited to no more than nine units.
Priced €300,000 (P17.7 million) more than the €3-million (P177-million) hardtop model, the Veneno Roadster utilizes a rollover bar instead of a roof for safety. Designed with a focus on optimum aerodynamics and stability through fast corners, the handling of the Veneno Roadster is reportedly similar to that of a racing prototype, and yet the car is fully road-legal.
According to Lamborghini, the Veneno Roadster's front end works like a large aerodynamic wing, while the gap between the rear fenders and the car body enhances aerodynamic flow. The car's smooth underbody also transitions into a substantial diffuser that frames four sizable exhaust pipes divided by a splitter. Large openings serve to ventilate the engine bay and direct airflow to the adjustable rear wing, the design of which ensures optimum airflow from the rear wing and the rear diffuser.
Even the Veneno Roadster's exclusive alloy wheels have been designed for aerodynamic functionality, with a carbon-fiber ring around the wheel rim working like a turbine to deliver additional cooling air to the carbon-ceramic brake discs.
Powered by a 6.5-liter V12 engine that has an output of 750hp, the Veneno Roadster accelerates from zero to 100kph in 2.9 seconds before reaching a top speed of 355kph. Coupled with Lamborghini's extensive use of carbon fiber, placing the car's dry weight at 1,490kg, this gives the Veneno Roadster a power-to-weight ratio of 1hp per 1.99kg, which "guarantees a performance that is nothing short of mind-blowing."