Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4
2015 Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4
Until a few years ago, the thought of a plug-in hybrid was almost unheard of – especially in a high-performance sports car. Let us present the 2015 Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4. Called a technology demonstrator, Lambo presented it at the 2014 Paris Auto Show.
The Italian automaker showed off the 2015 Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 as an example of how it could reduce CO2 emissions with technology already available in the marketplace. Its name comes from LP for the “longitudinale posteriore” positioning of the internal combustion engine, the I means it is “ibrido” or hybrid in Italian, 910 refers to the car’s overall horsepower, and 4 stands for the permanent all-wheel drive system that delivers power to all four wheels on demand.
The body is made entirely of carbon fiber. The front air intakes use an active cooling system with a double grid. That’s a first for Lamborghini. One is metal and one is titanium. Both are embedded into each other for a tri-dimensional effect.
This is a two-door, two-seat coupe like all the other Lamborghini's in the lineup. It makes heavy use of carbon-fiber trim for weight savings and the interior colors are a striking tan and brown combination.
The Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 has three driving modes for the driver to select among: Zero – for zero emissions/full electric; I for 'Ibrido'; and T for 'Termico (thermal) power. All are controlled by the steering wheel.
The Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 has a hybrid architecture. It uses an electric starter motor and generator situated between the V10 engine and the gearbox that is double-clutch. The starter motor and generator feed the power to the two electric motors positioned at the front axle.
The architecture gives the Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 driver a choice of two modes. In hybrid the V10 engine and the three electric motors combine for the four-wheel drive exclusive of the battery’s charge state. It can also be driven in electric mode using the front end’s two electric motors.
Of course this is a Lambo so it is blisteringly fast. Its gas-engine V10 produces 610 horsepower. Add in the electric motors and the number jumps almost 50 percent to 910. Working in tandem, the electric and internal combustion rocket from 0-60 in 2.9 seconds. The top speed is 200 mph. Lamborghini also says the Asterion can top out at 78 mph in pure electric mode.