Thursday, December 3, 2009

Video and High-Res Photos from Nat Geo's Ultimate Factory Show: Building the New Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV

Guilty as charged; we're suckers for shows that give us an inside tour of automotive plants and the making of cars. And beginning from this Thursday, October 1st, we'll be getting our weekly dose of vehicle manufacturing with National Geographic's new one-hour episodes of "Ultimate Factories" that focus on the making of various automobiles including the Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV, Rolls Royce Phantom, Chevrolet Camaro and the Porsche 911.

Hopefully at some point NatGeo will also show the making of cars from other countries/regions such as France, Japan, China and South Korea. If anything else, it will be interesting to see the differences and similarities in manufacturing methods between different brands.

The October 1st episode of "Ultimate Factories" takes us to Lamborghini's factory in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy for the making of the Murcielago LP670-4 Super Veloce (SV) that was introduced tp the public for the first time at the Geneva Salon this past March.

The most hardcore version of the Murcielago is 100kg (220 lbs) lighter than its "regular" counterpart while power comes from a tweaked version of Lamborghini's 6.5-liter V12 engine that delivers an extra 30HP for a total output of 670HP. The result is a 0 to 62mph (100km/h) sprint time of just 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 342km/h or 212mph.

Lamborghini plans to limit production of the Murcielago LP670-4 SV to a total of 350 units. Each example is said to be custom-built to order with the plant churning a mere 2.7 completed cars a day.

Please note that all images were used upon special permission from National Geographic

Photo credit: National Geographic Channels / Hoff Productions

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