When Lamborghini unveiled the Urraco on the Turin Motor Present in late October 1970, it instantly stood out not only for its daring styling however for its revolutionary engineering options. This month, Lamborghini celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Urraco’s debut.
At a time when Lamborghini was basking in adulation for its groundbreaking Miura, the Urraco was introduced as a barely extra egalitarian entry to the Italian automaker’s showroom of unique sports activities automobiles, a competitor for the Ferrari Dino. Notably, it was the primary manufacturing Lambo that was powered by a V8 fairly than a V12 engine.
In normal Lamborghini vogue, the Urraco title refers to bullfighting; urraco is a small breed of combating bulls. Though the two+2 GT was unveiled in 1970, the Urraco was not dropped at manufacturing till 1973.
The Urraco got here to fruition by the efforts of engineer Paolo Stanzani, Lamborghini’s chief technical officer, who utilized his artistic knowhow to creating the brand new mannequin a daring assertion. The small V8 engine was an engineering tour de power.
“Initially introduced with the two.5-liter V8 delivering 220 hp at 7800 rpm and prime pace of 245 kph (152 mph), the Urraco featured the double novelty of an 8-cylinder engine and distribution with a single overhead camshaft per financial institution,” in keeping with a Lamborghini information launch. “The technical refinement was accomplished by means of a ‘Heron chamber’ engine head with flat internal half and the combustion chamber contained in a melancholy within the prime of the piston.
“This answer mixture made it attainable to make use of the next compression ratio with out rising the prices. One other novelty for Lamborghini was the 4 Weber double-body 40 IDF1 kind carburetors.”
The designer of the Urraco was the acclaimed Marcello Gandini, who created the groundbreaking Miura and would go on to pen such Lamborghinis because the startling and revolutionary Countach. When he styled the Urraco, Gandini was principal designer for Carrozzeria Bertone.
Manufacturing facility manufacturing of the Urraco was much less hands-on than for different Lamborghinis, with extra of an assembly-line course of to maintain prices down. This got here on the categorical want of Ferruccio Lamborghini, who wished to increase manufacturing and provide a thoroughbred touring automobile at a cheaper price level than the prevailing fashions.
The Urraco was produced by 1979 as the unique P250 with the two.5-liter V8, the P200 with a 2.0-liter V8 for the Italian market, and the P300, with a 265-horsepower 3.0-liter V8.
There have been solely 795 in-built all three variations, with disappointing gross sales outcomes blamed on its still-lofty value in addition to the 1973 Mideast oil disaster, which dropped the underside out of the performance-car market.
Nonetheless, Lamborghini says, the Urraco was an vital step ahead by the corporate in widening its vary of choices.
“The idea efficiently examined and dropped at market by the Urraco led to the following 8-cylinder fashions and the newer 10-cylinder fashions, such because the Gallardo and the present Huracán,” the discharge says.