The unveiling of Lamborghini’s Paris Motor Show drawcard is only a couple of weeks away, and tonight, we’ve been handed the second of six teasers – the first revealed only a few days ago.
Apart from the obvious carbon fibre construction, the ten vents may provide a clue as to what’s under the bonnet. Is Lamborghini letting go of the classic V12? We’ll find out in a couple of weeks.
In the meantime, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, Stephan Winkelmann, released an interesting statement to accompany the teaser. In it he says that Lamborghini isn’t now focussed on top speed, noting that most people will never exploit a car’s full top end potential. Rather, acceleration and handling are the key attributes, and to do this weight reduction will be key.
Below you’ll find the complete statement – it makes for interesting reading and an insight into the future of the great Italian sportcar manufacturer:
“Lamborghini stands for extreme and uncompromising supersportscars of the best Italian tradition.
Tradition as a value however, lives at Lamborghini alongside innovation.
We are redefining the future of our supersportscars around the two main reasons to buy: design and performance.
Design has been and always will be reason number one, and we will make sure a Lamborghini will always be recognizable through its significant stylistic features.
Regarding performance, until few years ago priorities were, in this order: top speed, acceleration and handling.
In recent years this has been changing. Together with design, handling and acceleration are becoming more important. Speed is not as important anymore, because all supersportscars are exceeding 300km/h (186 mph) and this is a speed that you cannot reach even on a racetrack, let alone normal roads. We think it is time to make a shift and talk more about handling and acceleration.
The key factor in terms of better handling and acceleration, meaning more immediate pleasure in driving, is the power-to-weight ratio. This is not so much about top speed and so the future will not be so focused on increasing the power,
even because CO2 emissions do play a role for supersportscars too. That means the key is in reducing the weight.
A crucial part of this is to understand how to reduce the weight. From the middle of the Eighties, the average weight of our cars has increased by 500 kg because of active and passive safety, comfort and emissions reduction issues, and this is
something that we have to change. Since we cannot reduce safety or comfort in our cars, we have to reduce the weight by using new materials.
The magic word for this is “carbon fiber”. We started working with carbon fiber in Sant’Agata Bolognese over thirty years ago and today, with our two laboratories in Sant’Agata Bolognese and in Seattle, We are mastering a broad range of
technologies which put us in a leadership position for low-volume production.
Every new Lamborghini will make the best use of carbon fiber to reduce weight.”
Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini SpA
Sant’Agata Bolognese, 14th September 2010