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.
Gallery: Lamborghini and MIT research partnership
AUTOMOBILI LAMBORGHINI AND THE MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY JOIN FORCES
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AUTOMOBILI LAMBORGHINI AND THE MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY JOIN FORCES TO WRITE THE FUTURE OF SUPER SPORTS CARS
Sant’Agata Bolognese/Boston, 18 October 2016 – Automobili Lamborghini has signed an agreement with the MIT-Italy Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The agreement marks the start of a collaboration between these two outstanding entities for the creation of a project that intends to write an important page in the future of super sports cars for the third millennium.
This strategic partnership will enable students and the teaching staff at MIT and Lamborghini engineers to compare notes and work together on mutually interesting, cutting-edge research projects, focusing primarily on new materials in the automotive field, with exchange, collaboration projects and workshops leading to joint research in the chosen fields.
The partnership represents a step into the future for the automotive industry, with the ultimate aim of paving the way for a very ambitious project, namely a super sports car ready for the challenges of the third millennium.
Stefano Domenicali, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini:
"We want people to think of us more and more as a trendsetter in the super luxury and sports car segment. 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".
Serenella Sferza, Co-director of MIT-Italy Program:
"MIT-Italy is a two way bridge linking MIT and Outstanding Names in Italian Industry. It is hard for us to imagine a better partner than Lamborghini, and we are looking forward to the projects that this partnership will help us develop".
Armando Varricchio, Italian Ambassador to the United States:
"The partnership between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology via the MIT-Italy Program and Lamborghini represents a new and important step in sealing the cooperation between Italian industry and American research, confirming the strong and mutual interest linking them and the potential for further growth. Italian technology is confirming its status among the top ranking countries in the world, capable of successfully standing its ground in a competitive market like the United States".
Michele Scannavini, Chairman of ICE:
"Last year, Italian technology in general came first in terms of overall trade with the USA, with a share of 30%. Italy’s huge export capacity resides in the strength of its SMEs and associated clusters, the one at Bologna ranking among the most important ones; agreements like this with Lamborghini are proof of the undisputed excellence of our industries in the field of innovation".