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Lamborghini shows off its materials

Yesterday we reported on how the new Lamborghini Huracan Performante, set to make its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show, had reportedly set a new record at the famous Nurburgring, which is all very impressive stuff. But before Lamborghini debuts its new Supercar it seems the Italian marque wants to show something else off, it’s teasing us about an important material that helps lower its curb weight.

The video discusses something called “forged composites,” which is a technology that it developed with the help of Callaway Golf Company (of all companies). Heat and pressure take a mass of carbon fibers and resin, turning it into a strong, lightweight material in just minutes. Traditional carbon fiber takes significantly longer to create.

Forged composites will be present in many parts of the Huracan Performante, including its all-new rear wing. If it is used as a structural element, it should be the first time Lamborghini’s done so. Right now, it only offers the stuff as an aesthetic enhancement, like it does on the Huracan RWD Spyder that debuted late last year.

The material appeared in the Sesto Elemento as far back as 2011, so it’s not technically brand new, despite the video saying so. The automaker has expressed interest in using forged composites for engine components, too, including connecting rods.

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