One man with inspiration, skill and determination to make his dream become real - that's the self-made millionare behind the company. Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. was founded in 1963 by Ferruccio Lamborghini in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy. Lamborghini, as the company is commonly known, is a subsidiary of Audi AG and produces high performance sports cars. As a sports car enthusiast himself, Ferruccio Lamborghini owned a Ferrari - it is said that the inspiration to him starting the company came from a conflict between himself and Enzo Ferrari regarding the quality of Ferruccio's very own Ferrari 250 GT. He knew he was able to build a better car.
Despite his parents being farmers, Ferruccio had always been interested in technology and mechanics, and so he went ahead to study and graduate in this field. He initially owned a Lamborghini tractor business which he started in 1947 - so the turn towards sports cars manufacturing only came quite a bit later. Lamborghini tractors can still be bought today, but through the SAME Deutz-Fahr Group which acquired Lamborghini's tractor business in 1971. Ferruccio actually had a life'long ambition to produce helicopters, but unfortunately his license application to do so was refused by the Italian government - so he decided to divert his attention towards cars.
The launch of Ferruccio Lamborghini's 350GTV prototype in 1963 astounded the motoring world - it indicated the start of an era: the era of The Bull. Having a love for bulls, and being a Taurus himself by birth sign, many of Feruccio's car models have bull-related names. Even the Lamborghini emblem itself, which is recognised worldwide, is of a charging bull.
The list of Lamborghini models over time include:
At present Automobili Lamborghini Holding S.p.A controls 3 individual companies: Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A which manufactures cars, Motori Marini Lamborghini S.p.A which manufactures marine engines, and Lamborghini Artimarca S.p.A which manages licensing and merchandising. Stephan Winkelmann is the current Lamborghini President and Chief Executive Officer, Sergio Fontana the Communication Director, and Dominik Hoberg the Corporate Image Director.
Who wouldn't want to own an exclusive vehicle with such stunning looks, extreme power and unimaginable speed. Not forgetting how impossibly expensive this piece of breathtaking machinery is. No wonder it caters towards an elite consumer. So whether you actually own a Lamborghini or your dream is to someday own one, you can be sure that jaws will drop at the site of this surrealy sleek speed demon.