What's The Most Complex Car Ever Made?

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You're looking at a diagram of the spaceframe for the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 roadster. It is interesting for three reasons.


1. It's surprising that Lamborghini wasn't using a monocoque, but rather the same kind of construction technology the company had been using since the '60s.

2. It looks really cool.

3. It looks hopelessly complex to feather your way around.

But looks can be deceiving. Spaceframes are kind of old school, as was the Murcielago's 1960s-based V12. The Murci probably isn't the most complex car out there.

What car is?

Photo Credit: Ricambi America



I'm going to re-submit the Mercedes 600 Grosser!

Once again, EVERYTHING is controlled by a hydraulic system that's pressurized to 3200 psi that uses a very specific type of mineral oil. The windows, the front and rear power seats, the fresh-air ventilation system, door closure, trunk closure, the sunroof, and suspension damping are all controlled through this system, all absolutely silently.

The hydraulics for the windows are controlled by an $11,200 switch that allows for a variable speed of raising the window. Pressing it gently closes the window slowly, pushing it hard closes the window with enough force to cleave a limb off.

You can't close the trunk by yourself. If you do that, you'll break it and the entire system. You must let the car close the trunk itself

You get fresh air into the car by using a cowl on the hood that will silently retract using the hydraulics. When you turn it off, it closes silently.

A Hydraulically assisted vacuum system locks the doors.

The parking brake releases automatically when you put the car in drive or reverse.

There's a hydraulic spares kit in the trunk that includes brass spacers, three hydraulic blocks, three line connections, a set of hydraulic line plugs and clips, four wood wedges to insert in the window channels to keep the windows up, a spare hydraulic flex line, an instruction booklet, and an oil container. This costs $3,000 to replace.

Everything is custom fit to each individual car. The hood ornament and badges are actually 20% bigger than on a standard Merc. The designers couldn't have it look too small, so they made it bigger to match the scale of the car.

It has a regular horn, if you tap the switch one way. If you hit it the other way, it releases the loudest blast of noise from any car out there. It uses compressed air.

And that was all in 1963.

Source for info: Car and Driver