This particular model means a bit more to me than the usual purchase because my father found it while metal-detecting at the beach and gave it to me. Talk about a barn find; it’s not every day you come across a $2.5-million supercar just laying in the sand. Well, maybe if you’re at the Horizon Festival or something, but in this reality.
The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento was revealed in 2010, released in 2011, and appeared in the 2014 Need for Speed movie. This particular diecast was released as a tie-in for the film, where it’s one of my favorite plot devices of all time; the villain puts a bounty on the hero that whoever knocks him out of competition gets the keys to his Sesto Elemento as payment. It’s perfect! It’s the exact incentive that all these supercar fanatics would need to turn on someone, it shows an intense level of desperation to be willing to give it up, and it’s also completely implausible!
20 Sesto Elementos were made, and sold directly and immediately to buyers with the stipulation that they could only be used at racetracks. So, if you’re familiar with the whole dealio around the Ferrari FXX’s requirements, it’s not dissimilar to that. In the world of Need for Speed, this is casually ignored... although, bizarrely, if I remember correctly, the film insists there are only three in the world. Maybe true when it was a concept, but...
The Sesto Elemento - which I will say a whole lot because it is fun to say Sesto Elemento - is all about weight-saving. It’s so named because the name means “Sixth Element”, and the sixth element on the periodic table is carbon, and nearly everything is carbon fiber. The bodywork is a mix of plastic and carbon-fiber jointly produced with Boeing. The seats aren’t actually separate pieces; they’re just a few bits of padding added in where you sit in the chassis. They didn’t want to risk the weight of paint, so coloration comes from flecks of crystal embedded in the bodywork. The result is a 999kg beauty that makes a new Miata feel heavy.
But this isn’t the real thing, of course, it’s a 1/64 replica. And for filming, a 1/1 replica was made, which this really is more meant to emulate. One big tip-off is the red racing seats, which appear in interior shots in the film but, as mentioned before, aren’t in the real thing. This obviously isn’t made with carbon fiber, but it has a very nice texture to it to imitate it.
This has picked up a bit of battle damage from previous play, and presumably from being lost in the sands for a while. The rims have gathered rust, grains of sand are dug into the windshield, and there’s some light discoloration by the spoiler. Looks way better this way than just getting all caked in dust from sitting around, though. Heck of a ‘raced variant’; looks like Tax The Rich had a beach party in it.
All in all, this is a personal favorite, and one I keep up and on display quite happily. It’s a supercar, track day beast, plot device, and battle-worn chariot all in one. It’s something unique, beautiful, and badass, and I may never tire of having it as an excuse to say Sesto Elemento.