1972 / 1976
The P250 is the first car to be offered with the all-new V8 engine, which is claimed to be easier and cheaper to maintain and repair than the Bizzarrini V12. The L240 V8 should also be easier to adapt to North American standards, the leading export market for European GT carmakers. The P250 chassis has a monocoque structure, with the V8 mounted transversely, slightly set back from the rear axle, with the transmission in its extension. As is often the case with this type of assembly, the mechanical access points are very complex and therefore very expensive. Lamborghini’s target of 1,000 cars per full year of production is only a quarter of what it had hoped for. What’s more, the car suffered from mediocre reliability (belts, suspension, transmission), which disrupted its commercial launch and cost the factory even more money. Add to this the first oil crisis, and the Urraco became a clear threat of bankruptcy for Lamborghini, even though it was supposed to make the company more profitable!