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The Lamborghini Muira is one of the most iconic and influential cars. This classic Italian supercar, unveiled at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show, revolutionized the automotive industry with its innovative mid-engine layout.
The Muira was the first production car to feature a mid-engine layout, where the engine is placed behind the driver and in front of the rear axle. This configuration was unconventional for a road car of the time, but the innovative layout had several advantages over a traditional front-engine design.
We now understand a mid engine layout is opimal for handling. The weight is more evenly distributed with the engine placed in the center of the car allowing for better grip and cornering. The center of gravity a mid engine car closer to the center, allowing for effortless turning.
Additionally, the mid-engine layout allowed the Muira to have a more aerodynamic design, which further improved its performance. The low swept hood gave the Muira a unique and sporty look, and was the first step towards the iconic wedge shape we associate with Lamborghini.
The influence of the Lamborghini Muira can still be seen today. Many modern supercars still feature a mid-engine layout, and the Muira’s iconic design has been replicated and reimagined in countless vehicles. The Muira’s innovative design and performance made it an instant classic, and its legacy will live on for many years to come.
Engine Type: V12
Displacement: 244 cubic inches (4.0 Litre)
Power Output: 350 horsepower (291 kw)
Engine Orientation: Transverse
Designer: Marcello Gandini
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The design of the Pegassi Munroe is based on the Lamborghini Miura.