We all know that Lamborghini roots in Italy, but the carbon fibre technology will be developed in the U.S. The brand has opened an Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory (ACSL), which is a Seattle-based carbon fibre research facility. It will be operated as an entity that will be outside company's headquarters in Sant'Agata Bolognese. The plant will be responsible to unlock new potential in carbon fibre.
"Carbon fibre is a material that Lamborghini has a long history with. Starting with the Countach Quattrovalvole and continuing today, it is one of the most important keys to the success of our cars in the past, present and future," said Stefano Domenicali, Automobili Lamborghini Chief Executive Officer.
The grand opening also marks the 30th anniversary of Lamborghini's use of carbon fibre reinforced polymer in its products. The most important developments to come from research within the Laboratory will be ‘Forged Composite’ that shortens the production time required to form components, compared to the traditional labour techniques. ACSL is strategically located in Seattle particularly due to its collaboration with Boeing in working toward the carbon fibre innovations and the application of it is beneficial in both automotive and aerospace applications.
"By continuing to develop our patented Forged Composite materials, we are able to create a product that can enhance Lamborghini super sports cars in both their performance and their appearance," said Maurizio Reggiani, Board Member, R&D. "The ability to leverage this kind of lightweight material gives Lamborghini an advantage that will benefit our cars – as well as production process - in the future."
The Countach Quattrovalvole was the first production Lamborghini that featured carbon fibre components and after that, making its way to the famous Sesto Elemento, a limited production special edition. At the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini showcased the Centenario with mastery in carbon fibre technology.