During the EmTech conference at MIT in Boston, Lamborghini announced an agreement with MIT’s Italy Program to collaborate on a new generation of sports cars. According to ExtremeTech, much of the work is expected to be in developing composites that make the cars lighter and stronger.
Lamborghini says the partnership will enable students and teachers at MIT and Lamborghini engineers to “compare notes” and collaborate on cutting-edge research projects, focusing primarily on new materials in the automotive field.
“The partnership between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology via the MIT-Italy Program and Lamborghini represents a new and important step in sealing the cooperation between Italian industry and American research, confirming the strong and mutual interest linking them and the potential for further growth,” said Armando Varricchio, the Italian Ambassador to the United States.
Lamborghini says that the decision was strategically made with location in mind. It is the latest in a number of carbon fiber development deals, including Mitsubishi Rayon.
“For us, it’s really good to have feet in Boston where there’s some of the best universities in the world with technological development,” said Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini Board Member for Research & Development.
Back July, Lamborghini announced it is continuing development of composite materials through a collaboration with Boeing to mass produce its potentially game-changing Forged Composite® carbon fiber. Lamborghini is also working on developing engine rods with Forged Composite. The material is made by combining carbon fiber threads with resin sandwiched between two steel molds. Then, the composite is heated and placed under 1,200-1,500 psi of pressure. Three minutes later, the component is ready.
The material first debuted in 2010 in a supercar called the Sesta Elemento. At the time, it comprised roughly 80 percent of the vehicle. Forged Composite significantly cuts the time it takes to make carbon fiber components and yields a sturdier material than traditional carbon fiber weave.