The First Lamborghini Engine Test
(Document hangs up on the Lamborghini Factory Museum wall)
From the testing room at the technical office:
St. Agata Bolognese, October 2, 1963
On September 28, 1963, the L350 Lamborghini motor was mounted on the
test bank for the first time for electrical testing.
The motor is started at 3:10 p.m., engaging 5th gear 790 revolutions;
rotating until 3:54 p.m., then 4th gear is engaged and makes 930
revolutions; rotating until 4:10 p.m. Starting again on September
30, 1963 at 8:30 am., engaging 5th gear for 1 hour, then 4th gear for
40 minutes, the 3rd gear for 1 hour making 1200 revolutions. At
11:00 a.m. 2nd gear was engaged, which made 1580 revolutions and
rotated until 5:30 p.m.
During this time, no problems were encountered. The oil pressure
fluctuates at 30 meters with an oil temperature of 80 degrees and a
water temperature of 70 degrees.
At 5:34 p.m. on September 30, 1963, the key was engaged for the first
time, and the motor started immediately. It rotated for 10 minutes
with varied points arriving up to 8500 revolutions. The pressure is
good and everything is regular.
On October 1, 1963, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with the motor
hydrolocking, not having hit the brake because the transmission
shaft is bent, and it rotates until 12:30 p.m. The motor revolutions
change from 3700 to 4100. The oil temperature fluctuates from 80 to
90 degrees with a median pressure of 50 meters and a water
temperature of 75 degrees.
During this period we noted that the motor isn't functioning anymore
with 12 cylinders, but errs, and we note that the coil ignitions are
full of oil and two points don't have electrical current flowing
Oil pressure at minimum 0 m.
Oil pressure at minimum 0?
[Translation by Karena Aslanian email@example.com ]