Bulls go on a diet: Lamborghini opens carbon fiber R&D department

Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera

Automobili Lamborghini SpA has announced that it has opened a new Advanced Composites Research Center (ACRC) at its headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese. The department will be responsible for carrying out research, innovative design and production methods for carbon fiber parts, which is an important foundation of current and future Lamborghini supercars.

“The consistent development of carbon-fiber technology is a key element of our strategy,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. “The most important parameter for super sportscars is, now as in the future, the weight-to-power ratio; therefore, as there is a limit to power increase due to emission regulations, we must work on weight reduction. Extensive use of carbon fiber, even at structural level, allows Lamborghini to be at the forefront of development techniques.”

Besides become lighter with the use of carbon fiber, vehicles not only improve fuel-economy and CO2 emissions, they improve the power-to-weight ratio and thus its performance.

The Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera is a perfect example of this with weight trimmed by 154 lbs over the Gallardo 560-4. The overall weight of the LP 570-4 Superleggera comes in at 2,954 lbs.

Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera:

– By: Omar Rana