The Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce will be on display in the reception area at this year's COMPOSITES EUROPE show.
The Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce will be on display in the reception area at this year's COMPOSITES EUROPE show.
The car is a 350-unit limited edition.
The car is a 350-unit limited edition.

With a 6.5 litre V12 engine, 670 horsepower (hp) and a weight reduction of 100 kg (220 lbs), the car boasts a power-to-weight ratio of 2.3 kg (5.1 lbs) per hp. This gives it an acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of around 342 km/h (212 mph).

In order to achieve the substantial weight reduction of 100 kg (220 lbs), the Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce was extensively reworked and redeveloped in virtually every aspect – from chassis to engine and transmission, right through to the interior.

The structure of the car is a composite construction of extremely stiff carbon components and a tubular steel frame. The transmission tunnel and the floor are made of carbon fibre, attached to the steel frame using rivets and high-strength adhesives. The roof and the exterior door panels are formed in sheet steel, while the remainder of the outer skin is made from carbon composite.

Lamborghini will also present a paper at the AVK conference running alongside COMPOSITES EUROPE. The presentation Carbon Fibre Composites Research and Development at Automobili Lamborghini will be given by Maurizio Reggiani, vice-president of R&D and CTO, Automobili Lamborghini SpA, Italy, and Paolo Feraboli, Professor and Director of the Automobili Lamborghini Composites Laboratory, Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

The presentation will be divided in two sections. In the first part, Maurizio Reggiani will introduce the company's strategy to increase the power-to-weight ratio by reducing the overall vehicle weight, while at the same time reducing emissions to meet stringent environmental regulations. The second section, presented by Paolo Feraboli, will review some of the company's R&D efforts in the areas of materials and processing as well as testing and analysis.

According to Paolo Feraboli, Lamborghini has decided to exhibit at Composites Europe/ AVK this year because it is the largest composite event in Germany (an important automotive market), and because Germany is at the forefront of composites technology in Europe (many suppliers of carbon fibre material and parts for Lamborghini are based in Germany or Austria).

COMPOSITES EUROPE

COMPOSITES EUROPE 2009 takes place on 27-29 October in Stuttgart, Germany. It is organised by Reed Exhibitions in partnership with the European composites industry association EuCIA and Reinforced Plastics magazine. The International AVK Conference runs alongside the exhibition on 26-27 October.