Innovative materials could make future Lambos even lighter.
Lamborghini hopes that a new collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could lead to a breakthrough for the hypercar of a new millennium. The goal isn’t too far-fetched because the Italian automaker has some of the best young engineers on the planet working on its side.
Lambo and MIT’s work will mainly focus on creating new materials for future vehicles. The two entities will share research, collaborate on projects, and host workshops for advancing this knowledge. Eventually, this newly gained wisdom will make future Lamborghinis even better.
“MIT has always been a pioneer in innovation and we are proud to have signed this general agreement with such an illustrious institution, which will lead to the study of issues of mutual interest relating to the super sports car for the 3rd millennium,” said Stefano Domenicali, Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Lambo isn’t hiding its efforts at creating new lightweight materials for future vehicles in a modern extension of Lotus founder Colin Chapman’s maxim to “add lightness.” For example, the supercar maker recently signed a research deal with the Mitsubishi Rayon Company for developing ways of automating carbon fiber manufacturing. In June, the Italian firm also opened a new lab for its Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory in Seattle, Washington, where engineers work on new forms of lightweighting.
One of Lambo’s biggest innovations in carbon fiber production is its Forged Composite process. This tech lets the automaker mold the lightweight material into more complicated shapes than traditional methods allow. The company debuted the cutting-edge substance on the Sesto Elemento and made it more widely available through the Ad Personam customization options.
Lambo is now trying to figure out how to put carbon fiber into the engine by using the material for the powerplant’s connecting rods. In theory, the components would be lighter and stronger, which would allow for a quicker revving, more powerful mill. The innovative parts are still years away from coming market, though.