Lamborghini plans to use carbon-fiber engine parts image

The Sant’Agata Bolognese supercar maker wants to push the development of carbon-fiber parts beyond the already classical body panels.

Lamborghini opened last month a new carbon fiber research facility in Seattle, the Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory, aimed to unlock a “new potential” of the lightweight material. The Italian maker is using carbon fiber reinforced polymer in its vehicles for around 30 years, a history that started with the Countach Quattrovalvole. Seattle is a strategic location for the lab, particularly due of its partnership with Boeing in working toward carbon fiber innovations used for aerospace applications.

“Carbon fiber is a material that Lamborghini has a long history with and it is one of the most important keys to the success of our cars in the past, present and future,” CEO Stefano Domenicali said. However, the company has a much forwarding idea, planning to use carbon-fiber connecting rods in its engines to cut the weight and improve the performance. Lamborghini’s target is to develop the world’s first production car with carbon connectors, head research and development, Maurizio Reggiani, told Automotive News.

“I hope that in one, one-and-a-half years, we are able to finish development and say this can be a part that can be in the future in the engine,” he said. “I hope that we are able to have something in production soon.” The first supercar that could benefit from such a tech could be Aventador’s successor, a model that Domenicali revealed it would come in 2020 or 2021.

Via Automotive News