2011 Lamborghini on Test Run

See the next year’s new 2011 Lamborghini Murcielago replacement being tested at the Nurburgring.Captured at  location on and around the Nordschleife, it’s a great chance to see the new Lambo super car ahead of its planned debut a the 2011 Geneva motor show.

The plan for the new Lamborghini range-topper is to go fully carbon. That was the purpose of the fully composite sesto elemento concept car shown this month at the 2010 Paris motor show.

It showcased the weight savings made possible by extensive use of carbon fibre, as well as pointing to a new wedge, sharp-creased style for future Lambos. In a two-fingered salute to its chums over in Maranello, the Sesto Elemento weighed in at 999kg, a solitary kilo under the eponymous titled Ferrari Mille Chili from 2007.

What’s the big news on the new Lambo super car?

Carbon, carbon, carbon. The concept car at the 2010 Paris motor show this month will showcase Sant’Agata’s composite expertise in a smaller, Gallardo-sized package – but the same carbon fibre know-how will underpin the new V12 super car that will replace the Murcielago.

The V12 will be a new unit developing upwards of 700bhp, according to our sources in Italy. Expect a development of the automated manual transmission.

What will the new Lamborghini V12 are called?

Who knows! Jota has been mentioned by some speculators. The only thing we can be sure of is that it’ll be some evocative bull-related name that sounds cool in Italian.

The new Lambo super car will be four-wheel drive, of course. The rear-drive Balboni edition Gallardo was a one-off and R&D boss Maurizio Reggiani has told CAR that 4wd is bound for the new V12. Expect fuel-saving tech galore, on top of the lightweight composite construction.

Eco Lambos! Whatever next?

‘Stop-start solutions, mild hybrid systems and bio fuel solutions are already in our development pipeline for potential production cars to achieve our 35% CO2 reduction,’ Reggiani told us earlier this year. ‘But we have to retain what a customer wants from a Lamborghini.

‘For example, if you have a mild hybrid or a full hybrid, in a city it must use the electric motor but when you use the car on a handling course or in the mountains, it must feel like a performance boost. It must give more emotion not less. People must feel be able to say “I have something extra”.’