Here’s a look inside the Automobili Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory opening Tuesday at the University of Washington.
Paolo Feraboli, assistant professor of aerospace structures and materials, showed me around today in advance of today’s opening ceremonies.
Best of all was a ride in a Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce brought in for the event. The video below doesn’t capture the full sensory experience it but the motor sounds great.
Here he’s looking over the underground lab with a crash testing sled powered by the air compressors used by the UW’s wind tunnel. You can just see the silver front end of a Lamborghini chassis in front of the white backdrop wall.
The Lambo front end on the crash sled:
Here are the cannons used to shoot shrapnel and frozen chickens at pieces of carbon fiber material, to test how airplane components will resist an exploding engine or a collision with a bird.
Carbon composites account for 31 percent of the structural weight of this Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce brought to the UW. Lamborghini has sold two of the $450,000 limited production cars to people in the Seattle area:
A prototype carbon-fiber Lamborghini door that Feraboli developed, now displayed in the lab:
Samples of carbon fiber materials after testing; at lower left are 787 parts:
Students working in the lab wear Lamborghini factory jackets:
Artificial lightning strikes in the same place over and over on this machine:
Another view of the prototype door, in front of a table where there’s a device used for injecting material to form composite parts. The dark roll above the table is raw carbon fiber material: