July 21st, 2015 / No Comments » /
A two-seat hybrid GT christened with the name of the original minotaur from Greek mythology. Why? Because Lambos have to be named after bulls and a minotaur is a hybrid of a man and a bull, which is both clever and better-sounding than LaLamborghini.
Alongside the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder, the Asterion further cements hybrid systems as appropriate kit for future supercars. At the very least, hybridization will be one stopgap Lamborghini employs to postpone its inevitable adoption of boosted and downsized engines.A modified carbon-fiber Aventador tub with aluminum substructures, front and rear.
An Huracán-spec 602-hp 5.2-liter V-10 and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with an integrated motor/generator at the back end, while two electric motors power the front wheels. Combined output is 897 horsepower, and a lithium-ion battery pack in what would otherwise be the transmission tunnel is said to be good for 31 miles with a top speed of 78 mph in EV mode. Wake the gas engine, and the Asterion should hit 60 in a flat three seconds and continue to a top speed of 199 mph.
The easy answer would be the LaFerrari, P1, and 918, but Lambo stresses that the Asterion would be more of a comfortable GT than any of those. So toss in a Ferrari F12 for good measure.
Since Lambo already has two ultra-exclusive two-seaters, it might separate the Asterion from its powertrain, putting the 900-hp hybrid system into one of its existing supercars. Or it could pair the electric bits with a turbo V-6 or V-8 from sugar-daddy VW’s parts bin, to stretch the Asterion down-market and go mano a mano with the Ferrari California. Or it could just not build anything at all like this car. Lambo CEO Stephan Winkelmann initially said that his company would not be building the Asterion, but his lieutenants later backpedaled on that statement. Either way, expect to see the hybrid system in production. R&D chief Maurizio Reggiani has said that a hybrid is his preferred alternative to engines with turbos or fewer cylinders.
Estimated Arrival Date and Price :
No earlier than 2018 at a price anywhere from $200,000 for a California-fighting GT to a half a million if Lambo goes with the 900-hp version.
May 13th, 2013 / No Comments » /
Lamborghini 50th anniversary party in Italy on Saturday, Lamborghini unveiled this surprise, a one-off car from designer Walter De Silva. Inspired by the look of Apache attack helicopters, powered by a 600-hp V-10, Lamborghini gave the one-seater the inspiring name “Egoista,” and what better way to recapture lost youth than by crafting a supercar with the unchecked passion of a teen-ager.0th anniversary party in Italy on Saturday, Lamborghini unveiled this surprise, a one-off car from designer Walter De Silva. Inspired by the look of Apache attack helicopters, powered by a 600-hp V-10, Lamborghini gave the one-seater the inspiring name “Egoista,” and what better way to recapture lost youth than by crafting a supercar with the unchecked passion of a teen-ager.
The orange-tinted cockpit has a bare minimum of instruments, with most gauges replaced by a heads-up display. The cockpit canopy slides forward for entry and exit, which according to Lamborghini requires the following steps: “To get out of the vehicle, the driver must remove the steering wheel and rest it on the dashboard, open the dome with an electronic command, stand up in their seat, sit down on a precise point of the left-hand bodywork, then swivel their legs 180 degrees from the inside of the cockpit to the outside of the vehicle.
March 4th, 2013 / 1 Comment » /
Lamborghini Veneno will get the Lamborghini Aventador’s 6.5 litre V12 powerplant. It will produce an impressive 740hp for a top speed of 220mph.
Just three version of the Veneno are to be built to help celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary at the astronomical price of £3.1 million, or roughly $4.6 million.
Lamborghini Veneno has new headlights, roof scoop, large rims and racecar-like body.
February 11th, 2013 / No Comments » /
Lamborghini is turning 50 this year and the company plans to make its fans, as well as itself, a multitude of presents. One of the most spectacular is set to arrive at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The Swiss event will see Lamborghin introduce a special model, as confirmed by CEO Stephan Winkelmann.
Lamborghini is preparing to launch a special edition Aventador at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show to celebrate Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary. Early reports suggested that the so-called LP720-4 would be one-off like the Aventador J, but now new rumors have surfaced suggesting that the LP720-4 may hit production in limited units, possibly as low as ten.
April 3rd, 2012 / 1 Comment » /
“According to its tradition, Lamborghini’s new flagship bears the name of a bull — naturally, a particularly courageous specimen from the world of the Spanish Corrida. Aventador was a bull bred by the Don Celestino Cuardi Vides family that in October 1993 entered into battle at the Saragossa Arena, earning the “Trofeo de la Peña La Madroñera” for the outstanding courage shown during the fight.”
Aventador Technical Specifications :
*V12, 60°, MPI
*6.498 cm³ (396,5 cu. in.)
*Bore and stroke:
*Ø 95 mm x 76,4 mm
*Variable valve timing electronically controlled
*11,8 (± 0,2) : 1
*700 HP (515 kW) @ 8.250 RPM
*690 Nm (507 lbft) @ 5.500 RPM
*EURO 5 – LEV 2
*Emission control system:
*Catalytic converters with lambdasensors
*Water and oil cooling system in the rear with variable air inlets
*Engine management system:
*Lamborghini Iniezione Eletronica (LIE) with Ion current analysis
Aventador is 4.78 meters long, 2.26 meters wide, and only 1.136 meters high. The proportions and body parts have been calculated to improve the car’s aerodynamics as much as possible. All of the aerodynamic elements are integrated into the body shell form, from the front spoiler to the rear diffuser, while the rear spoiler is deployable and controlled electronically. The 4 degree approach angle is optimized for high speed and assists directional stability at the very top end of the spectrum. The 11 degree tilt, on the other hand, delivers considerably greater downforce at mid-range speeds, helping to optimize handling and stability.
Up front the Aventador gets an air guide further emphasized by glossy, black frames, and bi-xenon headlamps. These headlights are more than just a simple bulb behind a casing, they are an exercise in further design. The Y shaped lights spread out from the middle and a different set of LED lights within creates the turn signal. The side of the car have two sweeping strokes – the first emphasizes the front wheel arch; the second is a very sharply drawn line beginning at the front wheel arch. Lamborghini describes it as a tensed muscle running along the entire side of the car and over the rear wheel. Also, two large air intakes behind the upward-opening doors are used for a better cooling engine. Finally the rear gets a lower diffuser and rear LED lights that create the same shape as the ones out front.
January 30th, 2010 / 4 Comments » /
Lamborghini’s drivetrain wizards say they have all the horsepower they need for their superfast cars. So from here on, performance gains will come from using lighter materials to reduce vehicle weight, instead of from chasing more engine thrust.
“It has come to the point where acceleration equals consumption,” said Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of the Italian automaker. “More consumption means increased CO2 emissions.”
Winkelmann, who fears future government regulations could restrict engine performance, said Lamborghini’s r&d spending will emphasize taking weight out of vehicles.
The pursuit of top speed is limited by the physics of aerodynamic resistance, Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini’s r&d chief, said in an interview this month at the Detroit auto show. Once a vehicle reaches 211 mph, there is a declining rate of return for each additional horsepower needed to push the vehicle faster, he said.
Also, there are few places in the world where a driver can go that fast. So Reggiani said Lamborghini will focus on acceleration instead of top speed. The most effective way to do that, he said: take weight out of the car.
“The weight-to-power ratio will be the key factor,” Reggiani said. “We will use composite materials in the right place, when it also has the right cost, stiffness and mechanical characteristics.”
That could prove to be an expensive solution. Lamborghini has used mostly high-strength steel in its vehicles’ structures and body panels. But Reggiani said the automaker will make greater use of aluminum and carbon fiber.
Lamborghini has made progress with its re-engineered Murcielago LP670-4 SV. The new version of the car has added 30 hp while shedding 220 pounds, mostly through use of carbon fiber. The “670” in the car’s name reflects its horsepower rating. The car can reach 62 mph in 3.2 seconds.
“No one can really tell 30 horsepower was added, but everyone can feel how much lighter the car is,” Reggiani said.
Lamborghini also is investigating start-stop technology for city driving to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide. But with a V-10 or V-12 engine, the firing order is faster than a typical four-cylinder with start-stop.
As a result, Reggiani said, missing a cylinder or two on vehicle restart could cause more pollution than not having the technology at all. The same theory applies to cylinder deactivation at cruising speeds.
“Where is the supplier who can provide the right starter and alternator for our engine?” Reggiani asked. “That’s a lot of cylinders. It’s easy to make a mistake.”
November 29th, 2009 / 14 Comments » /
Lamborghini presents the ultimate driving machine among open-top two-seaters – the Lamborghini Reventon Roadster is a sports car of breathtaking fascination, menacing power and uncompromising performance. The 6.5 litre twelve-cylinder generates 493 kW (670 PS), catapulting the Roadster from 0 to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 205 mph. The open-top Lamborghini Reventon is not only one of the fastest, but also one of the most exclusive cars in the world – Lamborghini has limited the series.
July 4th, 2009 / 7 Comments » /
This new limited edition Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni marks a return to rear-wheel drive for the first time since the Diablo. It didn’t happen with the Murcielago LP 670-4 SV, but it’s happening now with the Gallardo. Just 250 units of the car will be built in honour of the retiring chief test driver, Valentino Balboni, who has been with the company for over 42 years.
The LP 550-2 suggests that it produces about 10 bhp less than the LP 560-4, but interestingly, it’s also 120 kg lighter. Lamborghini suggest a 0-96 kph time of just 3.9 seconds, and a top speed of 320 kph.
These numbers are little slower than the LP560-4, but don’t suggest that it’s any less exhilarating a drive. In fact, given that it was designed conceived with inputs from Balboni itself, it’s probably going to be the most fun Lambo in production today.
For this, Lamborghini has relocated the transmission to the rear axle, resulting in a 43-57% front-rear weight distribution to maximise controlled oversteer. New springs, dampers, stabilisers, tyres and even the aerodynamics were also adjusted to help change the power flow.
A 45% limited slip diff was redeveloped for the rear-axle and adjustments were made to the ESP system. The CORSA program allows the LP550-2 to stretch it’s power-sliding legs a bit more than the standard program.
April 17th, 2009 / 9 Comments » /
Lamborghini opts for the latter, giving its blessing to German motorsport garage Reiter Engineering to campaign race-prepped Raging Bulls in European sportscar series. Earlier this month we brought you the first details and images on Reiter’s latest racecar, a Gallardo LP560-4 prepped for the GT2 class. With that out of the way, Reiter is now reportedly turning its attention to its next project for the top-tier GT1 class. It’s basis: the spankin’ new Murcielago SV.
The ultimate version of the Lamborghini supercar was just revealed at the Geneva Auto Show last month, but the boffins at Reiter Engineering aren’t about to waste any time. No details yet, but if the rear-drive-only LP560 GT2 is any indication, we can expect Reiter to axe the Murci’s all-wheel-drive system to save weight as well. The GT1-spec Murcielago SV is being developed for the 2010 season, when the FIA GT Championship will be split into the GT2 European Championship and the GT1 World Championship. While the aforementioned LP560 will take on the former, the competition Superveloce will take on the likes of the Nismo GT-R, Ford GT and two or three more anticipated models, each supplying a maximum of two teams with two cars each, in the latter that will include races in Argentina, Australia, South Africa and the UAE in addition to the European events.
Reiter’s been known to turn the racing versions of Lamborghini’s roadcars back into street machinery, with examples like the Gallardo GT3 Strada and Murcielago R-GT Strada in its repertoire
March 4th, 2009 / 6 Comments » /
The Asus Lamborghini VX5 laptop comes with an LCD cover designed to remind users of the Lamborghini Reventon sports car’s aluminum-alloy fuselage.