What do the numbers on a Lamborghini engine mean?
All engines, regardless of make or model have a serial number, but that is not what we are talking about here. If you are familiar with Lamborghini, then you will have noticed a series of numbers printed and displayed on each engine. What do the numbers on a Lamborghini engine mean? We may be able to provide answers.
Meaning of the number plate on Lamborghini engines
Every modern Lamborghini production car engine has a prominent engine plate. On this plate, you will find the engine arrangement and cylinder count (V8, V10, or V12) along with some Italian.
It may say little more about the engine (turbocharged, etc.), but it will also say Ordine di Accensione above a series of numbers. The Italian will provide a major clue as to what those numbers are. Ordine di Accensione in English translates to firing order.
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Why is firing order important?
Firing order is the order in which the spark plugs ignite a cylinder starting from when cylinder one is at top dead center. You will notice that the number one is always the first number on these plates. From cylinder one, the cylinders are numbered across the engine. If cylinder one is on the rear right corner of the engine, then cylinder two is on the rear left corner, and cylinder three is on the right in front of cylinder one.
The firing order never follows this pattern though as it isn’t ideal for keeping the engine balanced. This is why the firing order can change from engine design to engine design. The firing order is important for a mechanic to know, but many enthusiasts also enjoy knowing it.
Do all Lamborghini engines have the firing order on a plate?
You will find those firing order numbers on the Aventador, Huracan, and Urus. However, some racing application may not have the plate, though you can be sure everyone on the pit crew knows the firing order by heart.
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We do not know which Lamborghini model first included the firing order in such a grand fashion. But we do know that it was included on Lamborghini models as far back as the Diablo. As we can all agree, if it was on the Diablo, it was good.