Lamborghini looks to the future while reflecting on the past at Autostyle XX

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Automobile Lamborghini, regular participants and presenters at the Autostyle + Design Editions, had one again Mitja Borkert, Chief Designer joined by his colleague Manuele Amprimo, Interior Design Coordinator to highlight and outline the latest developments within the famed Italian, Volkswagen Group owned super car company. 

Mitja reported remotely to the invited gathering at the Villa Schiarino Lena, Porto Mantovano, Italy for the 20th running of the annual competition for young automotive designers and concurrent chief designer workshops and exhibition. He began by acknowledging Lamborghini’s 60th anniversary and two significant models created to mark the special birthday milestone, namely the all-electric Lanzador concept and Revuelto super sports V12 plug-inp hybrid, demonstrating the more sustainable road ahead for the company.

“We are delighted to be once again be here today, in the year that Lamborghini celebrates its 60th anniversary with six decades of our rich brand heritage, while providing a preview of our innovative future as we shape our path towards electrification,” said Mitja.

 


A replacement for the legendary Aventador, the Revuelto HPEV (High-Performance Electrified Vehicle) is a new way of thinking, an open door future, in terms of performance, sportiness and driving pleasure. Its revolutionary architecture, with naturally-aspirated V12 engine combined with three electric motors and eight-speed, double-clutch transverse gearbox, delivers 1015 hp. With its innovative design, maximum-efficiency aerodynamics and a new carbon frame concept, the hybrid Revuelto continues Lamborghini’s V12 super sports heritage.

Revuelto sports innovative design; maximum aerodynamics efficiency; and a new carbon frame concept. “Carbon fiber, produced via artisan craftmanship in the Sant’Agata Bolognese factory, is the principal structural element within the new car, used not only in the monofuselage and frame but also in all elements of the bodywork apart from the doors and bumpers. The extensive use of carbon fibre and lightweight materials, combined with the potent engine power, contributes to achieving the best weight-to-power ratio in the history of Lamborghini: 1,75 kg/CV,” he added.

The new Revuelto combines these attributes to deliver performance figures at the peak of its segment: acceleration from 0-100 km/h in only 2.5 seconds; 0-200 km/h in less than 7 seconds; and a top speed of more than 350 km/h. 

“These numbers combine with its exceptional dynamism thanks to the introduction of electric torque vectoring, and four-wheel drive available also in fully-electric drive mode, ensuring the Revuelto super sports car expresses its amplified qualities both on track and in daily driving.”

“The new Revuelto sets the stage for an era of super sports car evolution in the hybridisation phase, and it is also a significant milestone for the brand. This car is a perfect interpretation of the brand going ‘beyond’ and continues Lamborghini’s heritage of revolutionising the automotive world with our iconic V12.”

The company’s inaugural pure-electric fourth-model concept, the Lanzador Ultra Gran Turismo (GT) SUV, creates a new car segment, with its high ground-clearance and offering 2+2 seats and planned for 2028. As part of the brand’s ‘Direzione Cor Tauri’ strategy, this concept marks a significant step towards the decarbonization and electrification announced in 2021.

 “With this concept, we are ushering in a new car segment, the Ultra GT, which is poised to offer customers a new and unparalleled driving experience, one that’s quintessentially Lamborghini,  thanks to groundbreaking technologies.”

The Lanzador is equipped with two electric motors, one for each axle, providing all-wheel drive and efficiency in all driving conditions, on all surfaces, and in every driving style. The system delivers a peak power that exceeds one megawatt. The driver can independently adjust the control systems while on the road via controls on the sports steering wheel, actively modifying the car’s behaviour and creating their own individual profile to best express their driving needs and ensure unimagined emotions.

Active Aerodynamics is another key feature of the Lanzador,  to maximize aerodynamic efficiency in the different driving modes. This technology enables the car to regulate airflow precisely, increasing the range in Urban mode and increasing downforce in Performance mode.
With the Lanzador, Lamborghini looks to the future and anticipates upcoming new styling solutions not only on the exterior but also in the interior, according to Manuel, offering an entirely new experience in terms of spaciousness and comfort.

The interior is a truly futuristic space, incorporating Lamborghini’s “Feel like a pilot” approach. “The driver and passenger are accommodated in an ergonomic environment, with a light, slim control panel that makes it possible to actively modify the car’s behaviour while driving. The sustainable materials used for the interior, such as merino wool and regenerated carbon fibre, demonstrate the company’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact without sacrificing the luxury and comfort typical of a Lamborghini. Some of the non-visible plastic elements, such as the foam in the sports seats, are made from 3D-printed recycled fibres.”

Lanzador represents a true milestone for Lamborghini as the company continues actively working to electrify its entire range of vehicles and to achieve decarbonization. The new concept car is part of a broad strategy to reduce CO2 emissions and embrace a more sustainable vision for the future.

A future of electrification: this is the direction Lamborghini is headed in, while holding firmly to the brand’s hallmarks of performance, cutting-edge technologies, exclusive design, and its position as a leader in the luxury automotive sector.

Jarlath Sweeney, Fleet Publications Ireland