A friend of mine at Lamborghini let slip recently that the name of the new V12 car – the Murciélago replacement, which was due to be unveiled at Paris this week but will now premiere at Geneva next year – will be named after a famous Spanish bull.

So I started thinking; how many famous Spanish bulls could there actually be? And how could I find out what all their names are?

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So I went to the local library and started reading. Turns out that Ferrucio Lamborghini was a Taurus by birth and named his first car, the Miura, after a ranch on which some of Spain’s most successful fighting bulls were bred.

Since then, of course, Lamborghini has produced all sorts of cars with all sorts of names – Countach, Jalpa, Espada, Diablo – not all of which have been named after Spanish bulls (witness the not especially Hispanic sounding LM002). But what HAS been consistent is the naming of Lamborghinis since Audi took charge, since when all the production cars have indeed been named after famous Spanish bulls.

Did you know, for instance, that Murciélago was the name of a bull that survived 24 sword strikes against the matador Rafael 'El Lagarito' in 1979 in Cordoba? Or that Gallardo is the name of a bull whose bloodline provides the foundation breed for virtually all of Spain’s fighting bulls? Or that a bull called Reventon killed the revered Mexican bullfighter Felix Guzman in Mexico in 1943?