Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Lamborghini working with University of Washington to Increase Usage of Composities

Lamborghini plans to boost power-to-weight ratios of its cars by using composites to decrease the vehicles' overall mass, while also lowering carbon dioxide emissions. Lamborghini also hopes the lab will help it reduce development time for prototype parts.Through a relationship with University of Washington, Seattle. The official name of the facility is the Automobili Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Lab.

One of the big tests for the lab will be its ability to improve the economics of composite parts production for automobiles. Lamborghini is one of the few auto companies to use composites for production parts. In the U.S., design engineers usually only specify composite parts for showy parts on sports cars, such as the adjustable rear wing in the 2008 Chrysler LLC Viper ACR.

Another leading player in developing carbon composites for cars is Plasan Carbon Composites of Bennington, VT.

The collaboration between UW and Lamborghini goes back two years. UW hosted Lamborghini engineers while UW faculty traveled to Italy to conduct small classes on the fundamentals of composites design and certification.