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Why Lamborghini Murciélago’s seats were not straight?

Posted December 29, 2018

Supercars are dream cars for many. They are flashy, wild, loud and fast. They are made in small quantities and really do feel special. Not many people will be fortunate enough to drive a supercar in their lifetime and even fewer will ever own one. However, sometimes supercars can be a bit weird. For example, do you remember the legendary Lamborghini Murciélago? Its seats were not entirely straight.

Because of dramatic design features, there was not much space inside of the Lamborghini Murciélago. Image credit: Lennart Coopmans via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 2.5)

What do we mean by “not entirely straight”? Well, as you’d expect, they were very low, as they should be in a sports car. However, they were not pointing directly forward. If you sit down in an ordinary car and get yourself comfortable, you are looking straight ahead – your seat is mounted perpendicular to the axles of the car. Meanwhile in the Murciélago seats were slightly turned inwards – looking from the front they were in a V formation. But why?

It does seem a bit strange to find crooked seats in such an expensive car as the Lamborghini Murciélago. But these seats were not so bad. Steering wheel was mounted accordingly and you could get used to the seating experience fairly quickly. Car itself was not very comfortable, because of lack of space in the cabin. This actually was one of the reasons why they were mounted at that slight angle.

Looking from the front seats formed a V figure – they were turned inwards. Image credit: Axel Schwenke via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 2.0)

You see, the side of the car were curving inwards as well. This means that there was not much space for heads of the occupants. Problem of where to put their feet was even bigger – wheel arches were slightly protruding into the cabin. Finally, in order to make steering wheel feel razor-sharp, its mechanism had to be short and direct. Due to the lack of space to work with, it pretty much had to be mounted at an angle and the result was as you see – seats were slightly turned towards each other.

Lamborghini Murciélago was manufactured for quite a long time – its production period stretched from 2001 until 2010. In 2006 seating arrangement was updated and it got a bit better – occupants could enjoy a bit more comfortable and roomier cabin. And it could totally be worse.

Many cars from the continental Europe, originally designed with the steering wheel on the left, had crooked steering columns when they came to UK. The problem was a shortage of space to mount the steering column properly on the right. So it came with a bit of an angle or even out of parallel with the seat or the front axle. And don’t think this was a problem of old or cheap cars either – several SAAB models had these issues, as well as Audi’s, Mercedes-Benz cars and many others.

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