Lamborghini Wants To Build A Carbon Fiber V12 Engine

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And here we see the sexy side of insanity.

The pursuit of losing weight is taken so far in the world of supercars that it would turn the heads of any councilor who treats patients with eating disorders. First it was trim pieces that were put on the carbon fiber diet and soon the body panels got the same treatment. Now, the technology has evolved to the point that carbon fiber can be used to build a chassis, but if Lamborghini has any say about the process this is far from the end of the road for the composite material. Carbon fiber all the things!

As you may recall, the maker of Italian dream machines opened the doors of its new Advanced Composites Research Lab in Seattle, Washington. Ever since, Lamborghini has been hard at work trying to figure out how to fill its exotic vehicles with more exotic materials. By the looks of things, the center may be on the cusp of making incredible breakthroughs. The latest would send carbon fiber components into a frontier that seems too harsh for any non-metal element: the engine. One of the multiple projects that the center is currently looking into is forging connecting rods, the components that connect the piston to the crankshaft, out of carbon fiber. Carbon fiber is known for being one of the most strength-dense materials out there.

However, connecting rods are some of the most highly stressed components inside an engine and could snap improperly if made from carbon fiber. This shouldn't deter Lamborghini, though. If it can get things right the payoffs would be huge. Using the composite inside of the engine would cause acceleration and power to increase and obviously cut weight. Lamborghini hopes to refine the technology within the next 1-1.5 years become the first automaker to outfit its engines with the composite connectors. Of course it would be featured on the Aventador replacement, which should be unveiled in 2020 or 2021. In either case, we're sure that anyone whose car has an engine made with carbon fiber would be able to win any rich guy argument ever.

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