Lamborghini held an event in Tokyo called Excellence in Carbon Fiber.
Thirty years ago the Lamborghini Countach Quattrovalvole was the first vehicle to use carbon fiber from the Italian supercar brand. Every model since then used more of the lightweight material than the last, according to the company. Lambo recently celebrated its innovations in weight savings and looked toward the future at an event called “Excellence in Carbon Fiber” at the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery in Tokyo, Japan.
The country is a fitting place for the party because Lambo now has a memorandum of understanding with Mitsubishi Rayon Company for developing future carbon fiber innovations. The companies aim to create a method of automating large scale production of carbon fiber reinforced plastic. Japan is also an important source for the raw materials that go into the stuff.
Earlier this year, Lambo took another major step towards the next advancement in the lightweight material when it opened a new research site for the Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory in Seattle, Washington. Previously, the lab was responsible for Forged Composite, which made carbon fiber easier to sculpt into structural parts. The automaker also partnered with Boeing there.
The supercar maker’s next goal is to make carbon engine parts, particularly connecting rods, for production vehicles. The result potentially would be a component that’s lighter and stronger than a metal version of same thing. A breakthrough could mean quicker revving, more powerful engines in future models.
Limited-edition models like the Sesto Elemento and Centenario already show Lamborghini’s talent in forming carbon fiber into beautiful shapes. Both vehicles use the lightweight material extensively, including for their bodies and chassis. Even slightly less exclusive Lambos like the Aventador Superveloce are making increasing use of the weight-saving stuff. At this rate, it seems possible that even the standard editions of the brand’s supercars could be almost entirely carbon fiber someday.