Lamborghini’s next V12 engine will have at least some electrical support. It marks the end of an era for the Italian brand, so it is celebrating its history back to its first engine, the 3.5-liter V12.
To design it, Ferruccio Lamborghini turned to Giotto Bijarini, who is considered one of the best engine designers of today. To get to the 350 GT, the engine formula was simple: Ferruccio wanted a 3500 cc V12 engine that produced 350 horsepower (261 kW / 355 PS).
Knowing what he knew about customers and their desire for power, however, Lamborghini decided to encourage Bizarre even more and offered a bonus of more than 10 hp (7.4 kW / 10 PS) per 10 hp.
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In fact, when the engine first entered the test bench in July 1963, Bijarini did its job well, producing 360 hp (268 kW / 365 PS) at 9,000 rpm. A lifelong racing fan, Bijarini used the latest Formula 1 technology to build engines. Unfortunately, Lamborghini realized that this would make it unsuitable for mass production or for use in Grand Turing vehicles.
To make the engine a little more civilized for everyday use, the company goes back to Paolo Stanzani, the most respected engineer in the company’s history – which means making it usable at low RPM.
The results of Stanzani’s work were remarkable. Although the engine lost considerable power, it produced a very healthy-day 280 hp (209 kW / 284 PS) at 6,500 rpm. It was enough to carry a maximum speed of 155 miles (250 km / h). Combined with a svelte grand Turing body, the car was an instant hit. In fact, the first 350 GTT completed was delivered to Giampiero Giuseppe, one of the most famous jazz band drummers in Italy at the time. The next 400 GT, meanwhile, will not be owned by anyone other than Paul McCartney.
That V12 will be the foundation of the company’s future success. Over the years, the unit was modified to stay in production until the 1990s, increasing from 3.5 liters to 7.0 liters, which helped it reach more than 500 hp (373 kW / 507 PS) before finally getting more significant. Murcielago changed and ended his life.