Lamborghini, or Automobili Lamborghini if you’re being formal, has often been seen as a leader in innovation in the world of high-performance cars, and with the world starting to switch to the way of the electric vehicle, the company looks set to bring in a whole load of new innovations and technologies with the latest information that was just released with regards to their first hybrid plug-in V12 High-Performance Electrified Vehicle (HPEV), which is so far dubbed LB744. This upcoming LB744 is built on a state-of-the-art, aeronautics-inspired chassis that’s been given a name we haven’t seen in the industry before - monofuselage. This contains a monocoque made entirely of multi-technology carbon fibre and a front structure made from forged composites, a patented technology first used by Lamborghini in 2008. This new monofuselage is a giant leap forward from the Aventador in terms of torsional stiffness, lightweight qualities, and driving dynamics, so things bode well for the LB744. Incidentally, the LB744 is the first supercar fitted with a 100% carbon fibre front structure, with carbon fibre also used for the front cone structures to ensure a level of energy absorption that is double that of the Aventador Ultimae's aluminium front frame. The LB744 monofuselage is not only 10% lighter than the Aventador chassis, but the front frame is also 20% lighter than its aluminium predecessor and the torsional stiffness has been improved by 25%, up to 40,000 Nm/° compared to the Aventador, which means best-in-class dynamic capabilities.
The monofuselage's use of carbon fibre uses a single-element ring-shaped component made of CFRP forming the supporting structure of the car. The rocker ring encloses and connects the forged composite elements made up of the tub, the front firewall, and the A-pillar. Over and above the strength, the production of forged composites also increases sustainability during the manufacturing process by reducing the energy consumption of cooling equipment as well as the number of waste materials. The LB744's rear chassis is composed of high-strength aluminium alloys that integrate into the rear suspension's shock towers and powertrain suspension into a single component resulting in a significant reduction in weight, an increase in rigidity, and a substantial reduction in welding lines. The LB744 research and development represents a new "year zero" in relation to the use of carbon fibre in car production and its Lamborghini leading the way. , The new acronym AIM (Automation, Integration, Modularity) encapsulates the essence of the innovation - Automation refers to the introduction of automated and digitalized processes into material transformation while still preserving traditional Lamborghini manufacturing techniques. Integration refers to the integration of several functions into a single component through the development of compression moulding. Modularity refers to making the applied technologies modular and, therefore, more flexible and efficient to respond to all the product requirements and characteristics with a possibility of it being carried over to other projects. We can’t wait to see more and more details and progress on the LB744, this is going to be one amazing Lamborghini.
Take a look at the YouTube video showing off the amazing technology and processes involved in the design and manufacture of the underpinnings of the upcoming LB744 plug-in hybrid - the Italian automaker's first foray into electric vehicles: Lamborghini LB744 – The Strength of Lightness | Lamborghini
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