• Nov 2, 2006

Here's a video clip of somethin' goin' up in smoke that would make even Cheech and Chong proud. Some lucky owner of an orange Lamborghini Murcielago from the oil-rich gulf state of Qatar has been kind enough to waste thousands of dollars in premium Z-rated rubber just so we could watch him do it. Mind you, with all that smoke, it's hard to see anything. But just listen to the exhaust note coming out of that V12.

Interesting bit of Raging Bull trivia: the engine in this Murcielago is the only V12 Lamborghini has ever made. "What," you say? "Every Lamborghini except the current Gallardo has been powered by a V12." True, and every one has used the same engine. Lamborghini first made the V12 for the 1963 350GT. When the engine was bored out, it became the 400GT. Then it was dropped into the Miura, then the Countach and the LM002 monster truck, then the Diablo and now the Murcielago. Since its introduction, it's been enlarged, its doubled in valve-count, been all but completely redesigned. Today in the LP640, it produces more than twice as much horsepower than the 270-hp 350GT. In over forty years, Lamborghini has changed owners more times than a major league baseball franchise. But deep inside, it's the same engine.

[Video courtesy of Carscoop, engine history from Car magazine]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      meh, probably some valet kids having some fun while the car's owner is having dinner...
      warren m
      • 8 Years Ago
      More money that sense.
      • 8 Years Ago
      2) That was a Toyota Suv (No Maybach has such Antique Windshield Wipers)

      4) You are the Perfect Example of A STUPID AMERICAN (Enough Energy Wasted)

      For the rest of you Twats, the Murcielago V12 can handle a lot more punishment than that which you saw in the Video footage, The owner wanted to do Burnouts, He did Burnouts, End of story. It is normal for Idiots like yourselfs to critisize the one who coud afford to redline his vehicle for doing so. Could he spin without redlining ?? Possibly, is he a Drifting Expert ?? From the video footage, Hell No, so Fall Back and enjoy the sound from that fantastic V12 and if you dont like, just be quiet about it.

      I guess you thought the engine would die because you are used to PushRod V8s that Perish under such conditions and never sound that Good.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The idiot driving that car is going to blow the engine he keeps it at the rev-limiter like that. It's a 600+ HP Lamborghini, for crying out loud! You don't need rev the crap out of it to spin the tires!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wrong! Lamborghini also made a V8 engine for a junior Lambo in the late 70's and 80's (Jalpa?) or something like that, to compete against the V8 junior Ferraris of the day.
      • 8 Years Ago
      *yawn*
      • 8 Years Ago
      Does one really need to redline a Lambo to smoke the tires? It sounded like the rev limiter was the only thing keeping this douchebag from seizing the engine.

      If there ever were a reason to bomb the sh*t out of the entire middle east, this is it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The sound of the fantastic V12 would be a lot more enjoyable if the car was circling a track in the hands of a capable driver, that's all I'm saying!
      • 8 Years Ago
      That is painful to watch and hear. What a fvcking moron.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Good for those who sell tires:)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Any modern automotive engine is designed such that it can handle sustained operation at the rev limiter for a very long time without damage. High-volume production engines from a mainstream manufacturer are tested at the rev limiter for hours on end, just to shake down the engine components, test for materials fatigue, etc.

      Lamborghini's testing probably isn't as rigorous as this, but still, other than a little accelerated piston ring / bearing wear and oil consumption, it's not terribly bad for the engine.

      Also, one should note that this video is only a minute and a half long. So long as the car is properly filled with coolant, there's enough thermal inertia in the ~8-10 liters of coolant that vehicle has to absorb the heat from that minute and a half without engine damage, even with no forced air flow through the radiator. Add that to the fact that it most certainly has an electric fan that will kick in at elevated temperatures and the chance of engine damage from overheating in this video is nil.

      • 8 Years Ago
      That sounded incredible!
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