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Light, But Faster Lamborghini

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.”

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4 Responses to “Light, But Faster Lamborghini”

Henryk Mongiało February 2nd, 2010 at 2:41 pm

The Revolutionary FireStorm Spark Plug-plasma spark plug patent US Robert Krupa

Zero(0) emissions CO2,reduce fuel increase gas mileage up to 50%, while decreasing emissions to such an extent that car manufacturers will no longer need to install catalytic converters and emission control units.

New spark plug -plasma spark plug reduce 70% fuel reduce CO2 zero-O-
emissions CO2 !!!!!
For years now, I have wondered where and when the next Edison with a
bright idea will appear and invent a “lean, green, driving machine”.

I have finally found such a man. He lives in Farmington Hills,
Michigan, and his name is Robert Krupa
We have all heard the saying, “If something sounds too good to be
true, itsually is”. The amazing new spark plug designed by Mr Krupa,
which he named “FireStorm”, is the exception to this rule.
named “FireStorm”, is the exception to this rule.
I know that when it comes to buying spark plugs, they are all
basically the same except for the price. So, why make the same except for
the price. So, why make

a big deal about another new spark plug?
Fire Storm Capabilities
First, let look at what Krupa FireStorm spark plugs give an
combustion engine:
More horsepower;
44-50% increase in mpg;
Dramatic decrease in emissions.
Second, let see what FireStorm plugs eliminate:
Smog pump;
Catalytic converter;
Radio frequency interference (RFI) and the use of resistors in the
Gap growth;
Exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) systems;
Misfire/hesitation/detonation/stutter and stumble.
How, you may ask, is all this achieved? In a word, plasma. The
revolutionary design of FireStorm spark plugs creates an electric

that fills the entire combustion chamber like a firestorm. It allows

to take an internal combustion engine from the standard 14.7:1
ratio to an incredibly lean 24:1,30:1,40:1. At this ratio, all the
air/fuel mixture
is burned much more efficiently without increasing heat, thus

engine more power and fuel economy while creating much less

The bad news is that you can buy a set of FireStorm spark plugs
anywhere right now.
Radio interview with the inventor

tyre machines June 18th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

It’s a good point talking about CO2 emissions and how it affects the environment.I guess not only with lamborghini cars but with other auto makers.Let’s pay attention as well with our mother nature through the products.

Henryk October 31st, 2010 at 3:41 pm

The FireStorm Plasma iPlug is a new entry in the formerly mundane area of Spark Plugs. All Spark Plugs produce “sparks” to ignite the Air Fuel Mixture in the combustion Chambers. FireStorm is different, it produces “PLASMA”. By doing that, it eliminates the Catalytic Converter and EGR Systems and can still pass future emission requirements in California.

Here is a clip:

Further testing after that clip was shot in Detroit proved a 70% savings in fuel all while affording a 125 More Horsepower.
It is a Paradigm Shift in Air Fuel Ratio as this plug operates at 30 to 1 Air to Fuel Ratio. All current IC engines operate at 14.7 to 1 and require a Cat and EGR.

FireStorm can even crack water right in the Combustion_Chamber thereby eliminating so-called HHO Generators. Can I hear fill your car up at the side of your house with the garden hose? YES!!!!

Chevy HHR cold air intake November 7th, 2011 at 6:07 am

Indeed. Reducing weight or replacing lighter car parts can improve car performance. It also increases handling which makes your car super-easy to drive.

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