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Just my luck. The day I get to test a $2 million car with a built-in umbrella — in Seattle — the sun comes out. Not a single drop fell during my time Friday with the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, a hand-built showcase of design and engineering. So the umbrella stayed in the tiny little trunk up…More
Here are a few pictures from a visit today with Paolo Feraboli, an assistant professor of aircraft materials and structures and director of the Lamborghini composites lab at the school. One of these suspension pieces was developed at the lab for the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento prototype shown in Paris last year. Can you tell which…More
One of my favorite stories over the past few years was about the lab that Lamborghini opened at the University of Washington in 2009 to research and develop composite materials. The story just keeps getting better. On Tuesday at a car show in Geneva, Lamborghini is taking the wraps off the first production car to…More
LAS VEGAS — The hall full of car stereos and auto gadgets is getting smaller, squeezed by new areas for health products and accessories for the iPad and other Apple gadgets. Carmakers are also higher profile as they recast cars and trucks as rolling gadgets, with electric propulsion and dashboard computers. But there are still a few…More
Another sign of the times: There was a dearth of Ferraris — beyond Monster Cable’s yellow F430 — on the show floor at CES this year and only a couple of Lamborghinis.
The automotive section of the show floor felt bare compared with last year’s spectacle, but there were still cool cars for the 113,085 show attendees to ogle.
Here are the standouts in my camera, starting with a kids’ Escalade tricked out by Car Vision USA with a DVD system on the dash and a rear display:More
It sounded like lions were roaming the University of Washington campus this afternoon, where you could hear the roar of Lamborghinis prowling around the buildings. A dozen or so cars, ranging from the entry-level $220,000 Gallardo Spyder up to the $450,000 Murcielago SV, were on hand for the grand opening of the Automobili Lamborghini Advanced…More
My report last week that Lamborghini is funding a new research lab at the University of Washington doesn’t do justice to the story.
It’s way more than a few computers running simulations.More
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.More
The University of Washington is saying grazie mille to Italian supercar maker Lamborghini, which donated $1 million to support the school’s research into composite materials used to build airplanes and high-performance cars.
On Tuesday, the school will officially open the Automobili Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory, which is now being repainted in Lamborghini colors.
An invitation to the event said Lamborghini made the contribution “to aid in furthering carbon fiber technologies for increased safety and weight reduction of future products. This is in line with Lamborghini’s goal to improve the power-to-weight ratio of its vehicles by reducing the weight of its materials. Carbon fiber is the best material for nearly all applications which are essential to creating Lamborghini’s super sports cars and achieving these goals, as it is lighter, stiffer and more versatile.”
It also helps that the UW employs Paolo Feraboli, an assistant professor in aerospace structures and materials. He’s a leading researcher on the safety and crashworthiness of composite materials who worked at Lamborghini in 2002.
The latest example of this application is the new limited edition Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce (left), which uses carbon composites in its floor, transmission tunnel and much of the outer skin. It also has a 100 percent carbon-fiber spoiler in front, rear finishes in carbon and an optional “Aeropack” carbon wing.
UPDATE: National Geographic happens to be airing a tour of the factory at 8 p.m. tonight, showing how the $450,000 LP 670-4 is built by hand in Bologna:
Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini’s president and chief executive, is flying in from Italy for Tuesday’s ceremony. Also on hand will be UW officials and Scott Carson, the Boeing executive who until recently headed its commercial airplane group building carbon fiber jetliners. Maybe they can trade tips on fastening composite components.
But the suits probably won’t get as much attention as the collection of Lamborghinis that will be on display outside of Guggenheim Hall. An LP 670-4 SV will be on display, along with a Gallardo LP 560-4 Coupe and Spyder and the new Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni (rear wheel drive, limited edition Gallardo).
More closeups showing the carbon-fiber engine bay and other composite bits of the Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce:More