Published on September 15th, 2010 | by Christopher DeMorro1
Lighter Lamborghinis on the Horizon
In the world of exotic sports cars, Ferrari and Lamborghini have been engaged in a never-ending feud over performance. Lamborghini has always been a bit flashy, and anybody who knows cars knows a Lamborghini by just looking at it. Of course, the sexy sound coming from the exceptionally engineered V12 engines doesn’t hurt either. Times are a-changin’ though, and Lambo is starting to look for ways to go fast other than gas-guzzling engines.
Lamborghini president and CEO Stephan Winkelmann thinks that the future lies not in more powerful engines, but in lighter weight. His statements on the future of Lamborghini are sure to have resounding effects in the super car world.
While I would never venture to call a Lamborghini “too heavy,” even Winkelmann has to acknowledged that his cars have gotten somewhat bloated in the past few years. Since the 1980’s, Winkelmann says that Lamborghini’s had added over 500 kg—or over 1,000 pounds—in average weight. That is substantial, though in line with many other manufacturers who have seen weight skyrocket as consumers and governments levy them for more safety and entertainment features.
“Speed is not as important anymore, because all super sports cars are exceeding 300 km/h, and this is a speed you cannot reach even on a racetrack, let alone normal roads. We think it is time to make a shift and talk more about handling and acceleration.” That is quite telling coming from the CEO of an exotic sports car company known for its blistering speed. Expect carbon fiber and other space-age materials to play an important role in the future of exotic sports cars.
So what is more important to you? Top speed, handling, or acceleration?
Source: AutoCar | Image: Lamborghini