Automobili Lamborghini is in Paris to showcase its leading expertise in the development and application of carbon-fiber technology (CFRP) at the world’s pre-eminent trade show in this field of technology. Lamborghini is the Honoured Guest of the JEC Composite Show, where Lamborghini’s Director of Research and Development Maurizio Reggiani holds an opening address.
Lamborghini is present on the show with an exclusive booth displaying the latest composite material technologies. Furthermore, the unique Lamborghini Reventón, one of the most extreme supersportscars of Sant’Agata Bolognese is in exposition during the show.
With more than 1,000 participating companies from all areas of the composite materials industry, the JEC Composite Show offers a global platform for innovation. Forums taking place around the exhibition will host discussions on the latest processes and findings within this increasingly important field of technology.
Carbon-fiber reinforced composite materials are becoming key factor for the future within the high-performance automobile sector. With their extremely high stiffness combined with minimal weight, they facilitate high-precision lightweight design and construction. The resulting improvement in power-to-weight ratio delivers increased driving dynamics while considerably reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Furthermore, the utilization of composite materials enables new solutions in the construction of components and, when used as a visual material, offers an extremely individual hi-tech aesthetic.
Automobili Lamborghini first gained experience in the application of carbon-fiber composite materials back in the 1980s with the legendary Countach. Nowadays, the flagship model Murciélago makes extensive use of CFRP in its bodyshell structure. The entire bodyshell structure of the Murciélago weighs only 303 kilograms. A further example is the new Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera. Primarily through the increased application of carbon-fibre, its weight compared with the base model has been reduced by around 70 kilograms. The outcome is improved performance with reduced fuel consumption.
Lamborghini’s carbon-fiber strategy is further proven by its foundation of the “Automobili Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory” (ACSL) at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. Lamborghini provides support to the facility and its long-term, co-operative research work in the fields of aeronautics and astronautics, together with the composite materials’ application within the automotive sector. Alongside the University of Washington, aircraft company Boeing is also among Lamborghini’s partners.
The aircraft manufacturer commands enormous expertise in the field of composite materials. With the new Type 787 Dreamliner, Boeing has developed the world’s first commercial aircraft by utilizing more than 50 percent of carbon-fiber. Thanks to its superior characteristics, it consumes around 20 percent less fuel than a conventional airplane.
The first milestone on this route is the current Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera. The technical developments on this vehicle result in a CO2 reduction of 20,5 percent compared with its predecessor.