Lamborghini celebrates 50 years of UrracoOctober 11, 2020
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Lamborghini Urraco, a model unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in late October 1970.
Among its contemporaries, the Lamborghini Urraco stood out for its highly innovative technical solutions for the time, thanks to the contributions of engineer Paolo Stanzani, Urraco’s technical father and Lamborghini’s chief technical officer at the time. The famous designer Marcello Gandini, who at that time was the chief designer of Carrozzeria Bertone, was responsible for the stylistics of the model.
The Urraco is a fast 2 + 2 coupe with a rear V8 engine and independent suspension, with MacPherson struts at the front and rear, a first for a production car. It was originally introduced with a 2.5-liter V8 engine (OHC) producing 220 hp. at 7800 rpm. Urraco is capable of accelerating to a maximum of 245 km / h.
The technical improvement of the power plant was completed by the use of a Heron’s chamber engine head with a flat interior and a combustion chamber contained in a recess at the top of the piston. This combination of solutions allowed for higher compression ratios without increasing costs. Another novelty for Lamborghini is the four Weber Type 40 IDF1 twin-barrel carburetors.
The car production system was another innovation that was planned in the early stages of the project to be much less artisanal than the production of other Lamborghini models. The creation of Urraco was due to the explicit desire of Ferruccio Lamborghini, who sought to expand the company’s production and make Lamborghini available to a wider, albeit limited, public.
At just 4.25 meters long, the interior of the Lamborghini Urraco is highly innovative in terms of the shape of the dashboard, instrument placement and the convex steering wheel.
Introduced as the P250 Urraco, where the P stands for the rear engine position and the 250 stands for the displacement (2.5 liters), it was produced from 1970 to 1976. The Urraco was then presented at the 1974 Turin Motor Show in the P200 version, under the hood of which was a reduced displacement engine (1994 cc, 182 hp), intended for the Italian market from 1975 to 1977. The next version of the P300 (2996 cc, 265 hp), introduced in 1974, was produced from 1975 to 1979. The Urraco concept, successfully tested and marketed, has resulted in subsequent 8-cylinder models and later 10-cylinder models such as the Gallardo and the current Huracan.
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