Lamborghini is betting carbon fiber is the future of automotive design. To that end, the company has announced the creation of a new Advanced Composites Research Center in Italy, where it will develop new design and production methods for the multifaceted material.
Lamborghini has been experimenting and using carbon fiber as a structural element since the 1980s. Production parts appeared in the Lamborghini Countach as early as 1985. The current Murciélago has 205 pounds of carbon fiber in its shell.
The Gallardo 570-4 Superleggera dropped more than 150 pounds with the use of Resin Transfer Molding (RTM), which is the process Lambo uses to shape the fiber. It sits at just under the magical 3,000-pound mark.
Carbon fiber can be used for more than just the shell of a car, and the Gallardo Spyder’s engine cover is the largest carbon-fiber component ever produced by the auto industry.
Meanwhile, Lamborghini also recently announced the opening of a new dealership in Milan. The new outlet is designed to look like the front air intake of the Gallardo.