Lamborghini is giving the world’s best engineering students a golden opportunity in exchange for their brainpower.
Given that Lamborghini is part of the Volkswagen group, you would think that spending huge sums of cash on research and development wouldn’t be a top priority given that it has Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen, and even Bugatti to borrow technology from. But that hasn’t been the case. Lately it seems that Lamborghini has a sweet tooth for innovation. It has a new composites research center in Seattle, Washington, and now Car and Driver has learned that the Italian supercar manufacturer is partnering with MIT for more R&D brainpower.
This isn’t the first time that the world famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology has joined forces with an automaker. Recently Toyota signed a $1 billion partnership with the university to help develop autonomous technology. Lamborghini has different aspirations. For paying the university an undisclosed sum of money, it reserves the ability to call on up to 50 MIT students who study abroad in Italy each year and have them come work at Lamborghini’s offices to help bring some extra knowledge to the table. It’s unclear what exactly the students will be working on, but Lamborghini R&D director Maurizio Reggiani says that his priority is with alternate forms of energy including, hybridization, electrification, and even hydrogen.
Composites are also a priority, and the overall goal for the research and development efforts will be to imagine a new hypercar for 2025. Don’t let this proposition scare you though. It doesn’t mean that the company’s large displacement V12 and V10 engines are going anywhere. Former CEO Stephan Winkelmann has stated that the company will continue to build its signature power plants until countries begin to outright ban them. For now, expect the Urus SUV to be the Lambo that debuts hybridization and turbocharging, although this has more to do with the pursuit of low-end torque for off-roading than it does for fuel savings. If you happen to be an engineering student at MIT, here’s a golden opportunity.