Lamborghini opens new U.S. research facility focused on lightweight materials

Lamborghini has been researching lightweight materials for use on its cars for more than three decades and has dedicated research facilities set up to develop new and better materials.

One of the automaker’s more recent developments was forged composites, which is nearly as strong as conventional carbon fiber but can be produced at much lower cost and faster speed.

Forged composites was developed by Lamborghini’s original Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory (ACSL) research center located on the grounds of the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. The technology made its debut in 2010 on the Sesto Elemento concept where it served in a structural capacity and as proof of how capable the rapid-formed material is.

Lamborghini plans to further develop the material at a new ACSL. The new facility is still located in Seattle, particularly because of a collaboration with Boeing which is also benefiting from the developments in lightweight materials.

The researchers here will work closely with staff at Lamborghini’s Advanced Composites Research Center (ACRC) located at the automaker’s headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy. At the ACRC, the researchers are focused on implementing the new technologies on the production line.

“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 Lamborghini R&D boss Maurizio Reggiani. “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.”

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