Monday, October 28, 2013

Riva Aquarama Lamborghini Speedboat

Lamborghini fans surely know a little something about the passions and interests of the company’s founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini, and while many would suspect he was solely interested in automobiles, it definitely looks like he had a thing for powerful speedboats as well.
 The masterpiece you can see in the pictures is the very same Riva Aquarama that was commisioned by Ferruccio himself, and even though it was forgotten for 20 years after the death of the renowned founder, it has been recently restored to its original condition by Riva World.
The team that was behind this massive restoration project had to visit the Lamborghini museum in Italy on a regular basis in order to gather information regarding the speedboat’s original design. Consequently, the vessel’s exterior was sanded and restored using 25 layers of lacquer, while its interior was outfitted with reupholstered seats and shiny chrome elements.

However, even though the Lamborghini museum owns the original engines that used to power this particular model, the team did not receive permission to install them on the boat. Therefore, two identical 4.0-liter V12 engines were purchased and adapted accordingly, each flaunting 350 horsepower for a total output of 700. Compared to the maximum speed of 40 knots developed by the V8 engines of the regular Aquaramas, this unique model boasts a top speed of 48 knots, which is an impressive achievement indeed.

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