Sunk Anticipation

By Gary S. Vasilash

One of the things that hasn’t been mentioned about the burning then sinking of the Felicity Ace cargo ship, the vehicle carrier that caught fire on February 17, then sank this week in the Atlantic, is that there are now some 4,000 customers who are not going to be getting their Bentleys, Audis, Porsches, Lamborghinis, and Volkswagens anytime soon.

While there isn’t a specific brand or model delineation, Porsche has acknowledged that about 25% of the vehicles that are now sunk (possibly the charred husks of said vehicles), let’s face it: When it comes to Bentleys and Lambos, there is an inverse relation between their volume and their MSRP, so even if there are but a few, that is undoubtedly a big chunk of the estimated $438-million worth of cargo on board.

Audis, of course, are not inexpensive, but compared to the other three, not nearly as much. And Volkswagens, of course, are the everyman accessible brand among the group.

But those brands (all, incidentally, under the umbrella of the Volkswagen Group) are, like any right now, be it Ford or Toyota or Kia, still facing the chip shortage. Which means the ability to make vehicles is still restricted.

Which means there are some order-holders who will find their wait has just gotten that much longer.

Three Words and You’re There in Your Lambo

But do you need to know the right ones?

By Gary S. Vasilash

Although how exactly this works isn’t entirely clear to us, but it is fascinating nonetheless.

Lamborghini has announced that it is deploying Alexa-enabled what3words into it Huracán line of vehicles for purposes of navigation.

The company what3words, which was founded in London in 2013, has divided the globe into 57 trillion three-meter squares. Each of these squares has a unique combination of three words.

what3words navigation. (Image: Lamborghini)

For example, the spot that provides the best view of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

According to Chris Sheldrick, CEO and co-founder, “Traditional addresses aren’t suitable for voice input, and a lot of the time, the best spots don’t have an address at all.”

Apparently the square for that ideal spot in San Francisco is found by entering ///usual.trying.highs

Of course.

Lamborghini Gives Goosebumps

“The first Countach has been present in our Centro Stile as a model for some years now. Whenever I look at it, it gives me goose bumps and it serves as the perfect reminder for me and the entire design team to design every future Lamborghini in a visionary and futuristic way. This is an unnegotiable part of our DNA, the essence if you so will. The first Countach shaped the Lamborghini design DNA like no other car; the new Countach translates that unconventional and edgy character into the future.”— Mitja Borkert, Head of Centro Stile, Lamborghini


The first Countach—pronounced “Coon-tach,” according to Lambo; it is an expression of surprise and wonder in the Piedmontese dialect—had its run between 1974 and 1990.

Lambo has introduced a new version of the supersports car, the LPI 800-4.

Lamborghini Countach now (front) and then (rear). (Image: Lamborghini)

From the design point of view, there is the well known inverted wedge shape.

In addition to which:

  • The face of the new car is inspired by the Quattrovalvole edition, including a long, low rectangular grille and headlights and hexagonal wheel arches
  • The sharp fall of the greenhouse pickup the straight lines of the original Countach
  • There are the classic Periscopio lines that run from the roof to the rear of the car

Odds are you’re not going to see the LPI 800-4 in all of its carbon fiber glory.

There will be 112 built.

But you probably didn’t have $2.6-million on hand to buy a car, anyway.

Ahoy, Lambo

No wheels. Big engines.

By Gary S. Vasilash

So, want to talk about a Lamborghini with 4,000 hp?

It is a real thing.

But it is a yacht.

A yacht that is equipped with two MAN V12 2,000 hp engines.

Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 (Image: Lamborghini)

It is the Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 that was designed by Lambo and built by Tecnomar, a brand of the Italian Sea Group.

The first version of this limited edition yacht is said to be influenced by the design and details of the Sián FKP 37 hybrid sports car.

The yacht is constructed with plenty of carbon fiber, which means that it is in the “ultralight yacht” category. Under 24 tons.

While on the subject of numbers, they’re going to make just 63 of them.

Another number of possible interest: $3.5-million. The approximate starting MSRP of this floating Lambo.

Lambo and LEGO

A LEGO model that looks (almost) like the real thing

By Gary S. Vasilash

When you were a kid, perhaps you had a model—or more—of a particular vehicle that you hoped to have when you “grew up.”

And maybe you had a LEGO set that allowed you to make something that was a geometric analogue of that vehicle.

For many people, a Lamborghini may have been the desired vehicle.

And Automobili Lamborghini has been working with LEGO on the production of models.

The latest is a life-size replica of the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37.

(Image: Automobili Lamborghini)

Yes, as big as the real car.

To build it they used 154 different types of LEGO elements, including 20 molded for the project. (Which goes to show you that when the OEM and the supplier are working hand-in-hand, special things can happen.)

This was no idle process of putting blocks together and seeing how they worked.

There was a team of 15 people involved. They used 8,660 hours of development and construction.

The companies say that the model is “identical” in size to the real thing: 4,980 mm long, 2,101 mm wide and 1,133 mm high.

The model was painted in the Automobili Lamborghini paint shop.

LEGO offers a 1:8-scale edition of the Sián for those looking to put something on the shelf.