By helping to fill the shortage of masks and face shields.
More than two weeks ago, Lamborghini announced it would close down its factory until March 25 due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. It will be a while before the company's sports cars, like the Lamborghini Huracan Evo, go back into production but the Sant'Agata Bolognese has actually been brought back online.
Just like how Ford has stepped in to build ventilators and respirators in the US, Lamborghini will do its part to fill the shortage of medical supplies by using its sports car production plant to produce surgical masks and protective plexiglass shields. Lamborghini says the masks and shields will be donated to the Sant'Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna, Italy, to help medical professionals fight the Covid-19 outbreak.
Just like how Ford cleverly retrofitted its F-150 seat fans to build ventilators, Lamborghini is using its expertise to make masks and face shields. All of the masks will be produced by Lamborghini's saddlery employees, who typically work on the interiors and customization for the cars. Lamborghini says it will be able to produce 1,000 masks a day, which is impressive for a small company that only builds a handful of cars per day. The medical shields will be made using Lamborghini's 3D printers, which are housed in the carbon fiber production plant and the Research and Development department.
Lamborghini has already received approval from the Emilia-Romagna Region and this endeavor is taking place in collaboration with the University of Bologna. The Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences will test the medical devices made by Lamborghini before they are delivered to the hospital. As a sign of unity during this difficult time, Lamborghini lit its Sant'Agata Bolognese headquarters with the colors of the Italian flag.
"During this emergency, we feel the need to make a concrete contribution. The S. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital is an institution with which we have had a collaborative relationship for years, through both professional consultancy in promoting programs to protect our workers' health, and in research projects," said Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. "We will win this battle together by working in union, supporting those who are at the forefront of fighting this pandemic every day."