Automobili Lamborghini has
announced the opening of its new Seattle-based carbon fibre research facility,
the Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory (ACSL).
Operating as an entity outside
of the company's headquarters in Sant'Agata Bolognese, the ACSL is responsible
for unlocking new potential in carbon fibre. The breakthroughs that take place
here go on to influence developments in Lamborghinis of the future. The
official grand opening of the new ACSL also marks the 30th anniversary of
Lamborghini's use of carbon fibre reinforced polymer in its vehicles.
"Carbon fibre is a
material that Lamborghini has a long history with. Starting with the Countach
Quattrovalvole and continuing today, it is one of the most important keys to
the success of our cars in the past, present and future," said Stefano
Domenicali, Automobili Lamborghini Chief Executive Officer.
Seattle is a strategic
location for the ACSL, particularly because of its collaboration with Boeing in
working toward carbon fibre innovations that are beneficial in both automotive
and aerospace applications.
"Seattle is a nexus for
innovation and Lamborghini's choice to base its carbon fibre research centre
here reflects that," Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee said, adding that "Lamborghini's
Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory, their continued success in developing
breakthrough technology, and their collaboration with Boeing is a benefit and a
point of pride for the city and the state of Washington."
Forged Composite is one of the
most important developments to come from research within the ACSL which
shortens the amount of production time required to form components by
comparison the traditional labour techniques.
The technology made its debut
in 2010 with the Sesto Elemento limited series supercar where it served in a
structural capacity and as proof of how capable the rapid-formed material is.
Such continued refinements in the manufacturing process have allowed
Lamborghini to enhance its finished product for structural and aesthetical
application in 2013.
"By continuing to develop
our patented Forged Composite materials, we are able to create a product that
can enhance Lamborghini super sports cars in both their performance and their
appearance," said Maurizio Reggiani, Board Member, R&D. "The
ability to leverage this kind of lightweight material gives Lamborghini an
advantage that will benefit our cars – as well as production process - in the
future," he added.
Lamborghini's dedication to
leading the industry in carbon fibre innovation goes beyond material
development through the ACSL to find and recruit young, talented engineers from
around the world.
Lamborghini debuted the latest
car to showcase its mastery of carbon fibre during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
The Centenario, which was on display for the exclusive event, is available in a
body made of fully exposed carbon fibre.
Meant to mark what would have
been company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini's 100th birthday, the Centenario is
a marriage between acknowledgements of past milestones and technological
"firsts." Appropriately, it is only available in a very limited production
run of 20 coupes and 20 Roadsters.
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