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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

A scarce Gandini-styled Lambo P140 prototype

In the late 1980s, Automobili Lamborghini SpA. made plans to replace the aging Countach and Jalpa models. While the development of the company's V12-powered flagship model has begun, work is underway to start developing a new entry-level model. The new model design work was once again contracted by renowned Italian designer Marcello Gandini who had collaborated with Lamborghini before.
1990 Lamborghini P140 while on display at the Museo Lamborghini in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2yr20wp)
The Lamborghini P140 is the code name given to a series of prototype cars built by Lamborghini starting in 1987. It was intended as a replacement for the Jalpa that came out but never went into production, despite being close to production-ready due to the fading interest of customers into high-performance cars due to the Gulf Oil Crisis of the 1990s.😭
1990 Lamborghini P140 recognized as a member of the Lamborghini family and powered by a completely new 4.0-liter V10 engine along with an ergonomic dashboard. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2yr20wp)
The wedge-shaped 2-door coupe codenamed P140 designed by Gandini was immediately recognized as a member of the Lamborghini family and powered by a completely new 4.0-liter V10 engine along with an ergonomic dashboard. The Lamborghini P140 is known as the first species of Lambo which is powered by a V10 engine.
1990 Lamborghini P140 body is made of carbon fiber built on top of an aluminum monocoque chassis specifically made for the 2,800 lbs (around 1,270 kg) weighing supercar. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2yr20wp)
While the car body is made of carbon fiber built on top of an aluminum monocoque chassis specifically made for the 2,800 lbs (around 1,270 kg) weighing supercar which is also equipped with independent suspension.

The Lamborghini P140's mid-mounted V10 engine then sends its power to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission so that it's capable of producing a maximum power output of 370 PS (272 kW; 365 hp). No wonder if the car can accelerate from 0-100 kph (0–62 mph) in about five seconds.
1990 Lamborghini P140 attended the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2008 event for the first time after more than a decade on display inside the museum. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2yr20wp)
According to the raging bull logoed company records, it is known that only 3 units of the P140 prototypes have been built. The first was painted orange and a fully functional prototype, reaching a top speed of 295 kph (183 mph) while on the running test at the Nardò Ring in Italy. 
While the second prototype was painted red but only a rolling chassis and never equipped with an engine, and the third one was built in 1991-1992 and painted in white. Lastly, the third car has been crashed during testing but was later returned and is currently on display at the Lamborghini's official museum in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy.

And the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2008 event has become the mark for the first time this supercar has returned to the public after more than a decade on display inside the museum. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | LAMBOCARS]
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