Renowned brand Lamborghini was one of the first car manufacturers to use carbon fiber technology for making lighter components in the automotive sector. Now, the company has announced that it is teaming up with one of the best research universities in the world, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) to come up with new materials that can be used in future models. The Lamborghini team will work closely with the brightest minds from MIT to develop innovative lighter materials that will help it to retain its competitive edge in the exotic car segment.
Though Lamborghini did not reveal specific details about the projects the collaboration with MIT would cover, based on past reports, there is a strong possibility that Lamborghini will use MIT’s research capabilities to develop techniques to use carbon fiber in the engine in order to make stronger and lighter engines. Such an innovation could prove to be a gamechanger in the industry, just like Lamborghini’s breakthrough in using forged composites.
Lamborghini first used carbon fiber in its Countach in the late 1980s. After two decades, this new partnership with MIT proves that Lamborghini retains its focus on innovation. After pioneering the use of carbon fiber, Lamborghini came up with techniques to use forged composites in the Sesto Elemento in order to stay ahead of the competition. Currently, Lamborghini offers forged composite through its Ad Personam customization program.
In addition to the new partnership with MIT, in June this year, Lamborghini opened its very own Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory in Seattle, Washington. This lab too will play a part in the drive to develop new, lighter materials. Lamborghini also signed a deal with Mitsubishi Rayon to work jointly on techniques to develop carbon fiber in mass quantities.
Based on these three initiatives, it is very clear that Lamborghini will continue to maintain its leadership in the exotic car segment for quite a long while.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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