Lamborghini's Sesto Elemento
Lambo confirm that 20 will be built: take a closer look at the pocket rocket coming our way...
Posted: 15 Sep 2011
Well, when it comes to the world of carbon fibre reinforced polymer or plastic (CFRP), there are lots of different ways of doing things and Lamborghini, it seems, has been quietly becoming expert at most of them. It built its first CFRP chassis for a Countach prototype back in 1983, and 31 per cent of the Murciélago uses it. But that's old hat compared to what's coming next.
Not only has the company established an Advanced Composites Research Centre at its Sant'Agata HQ, it's also closely involved with a dedicated laboratory at the University of Washington in Seattle. More intriguingly, the Italians have formed an alliance with an up-and-coming aerospace company you might have heard of: Boeing (the airframe of its new 787 Dreamliner is 50 per cent composite, and features 23 tonnes of carbon fibre).