At the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, Lamborghini announced it will produce 20 Sesto Elementos by 2013 solely for track use. The Sesto Elemento concept is an important technology development test bed and it will push the integration of composites into other Lamborghini family vehicles. Some of the carbon fiber parts developed during the Sesto Elemento trial are anticipated to filter down to other Lamborghini car designs such as the Volkswagen Group, Audi, Porsche and Buggati, and it hopes to spread the use of the Forged Composite process to the rest of the automotive industry.
The future of Forged
All three manufacturers, Boeing, Callaway and Lamborghini, agree that the new technology is “the way of the future.” Parts are made faster, stronger and structurally less rigid. For example, after already seeing an impact in the sports industry, Callaway says it will continue to research Forged Composite integration and expects to use it extensively in new drivers.
Ehlers is also involved in helping the rest of the industry adapt to the new process into other sports equipment. “I’ve been talking to a number of companies on how best to use the material,” says Ehlers. “Without naming specifics, expect to see this material in many other parts such as crank sets for bicycles and derailer parts,” he says.
On the automotive front, Feraboli expects that future Lamborghini designs will continue to see more power ratio increases through weight reduction from technology like Forged. “We need to continue to make production more amenable for other cars that are less expensive than the Sesto Elemento,” he adds. The ACSL and Lamborghini are still developing new out-of-autoclave materials and processes for carbon fiber. “We’re going to continue our research. It has been a goal of Lamborghini and the ACSL over the last few years to improve and implement carbon fiber technology,” says Feraboli.