Automobili Lamborghini SpA is serious about carbon-fiber composites.
First it developed and used its own proprietary molding process to create the concept Sesto Elemento supercar introduced during the Paris Auto Show last year.
Now the Italian automaker says that its flagship Murciélago replacement, set for introduction at the International Geneva Motor Show in March, will carry an entire carbon-fiber passenger cell.
The car will have a combination of prepreg panels where the body is visible, and a braided carbon fiber for structural parts. The entire passenger compartment also called a monocoque includes the roof and floor and comes in at 147.5 kilograms (324.5 pounds ), Lamborghini noted in a Feb. 11 press announcement previewing the car.
Lamborghini, headquartered in Sant'Agata, has been working with a range of suppliers and partners including Boeing Co. to develop its production process, a low injection pressure resin transfer molding system it patented as RTM-Lambo.
The system permits faster and less expensive production of carbon-fiber structural parts compared to traditional prepreg, the company says.
The Geneva auto show is set for March 3-13.