Published on June 23rd, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Lamborghini Inaugurates Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory for Carbon Fibre Research
Automobili Lamborghini has recently started operations of the new Seattle-based carbon fibre research facility, the Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory (ACSL).
Operating as an entity outside of the company’s headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese, the ACSL is responsible for unlocking new potential in carbon fibre. The breakthroughs that take place here go on to influence developments in Lamborghinis of the future. The official grand opening of the new ACSL also marks the 30th anniversary of Lamborghini’s use of carbon fibre reinforced polymer in its vehicles.
Seattle is a strategic location for the ACSL, particularly because of its collaboration with Boeing in working toward carbon fibre innovations that are beneficial in both automotive and aerospace applications.
Forged Composite is one of the most important developments to come from research within the ACSL which shortens the amount of production time required to form components by comparison the traditional labour techniques.
The technology made its debut in 2010 with the Sesto Elemento limited series supercar where it served in a structural capacity and as proof of how capable the rapid-formed material is. Such continued refinements in the manufacturing process have allowed Lamborghini to enhance its finished product for structural and aesthetical application in 2013.
Lamborghini’s dedication to leading the industry in carbon fibre innovation goes beyond material development through the ACSL to find and recruit young, talented engineers from around the world.
Lamborghini debuted the latest car to showcase its mastery of carbon fibre during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The Centenario, which was on display for the exclusive event, is available in a body made of fully exposed carbon fibre.