Despite most car makers now in the middle of an electric revolution and planning on bringing out all electric cars within the next few years, one Supercar making is resisting the temptation to join electric avenue.
Whilst the likes of rivals Ferrari turning to turbo power and electric hybrid systems, with V8 and even rumoured V6 power units, Lamborghini is sticking with it’s naturally aspirated V10 and V12 engines, albeit with a hybrid system for it’s forthcoming models. According to an Autocar report, the Italian carmaker’s technical director, Maurizio Reggiani has hinted the Aventador due before 2022 will also be a hybrid. He said that the Aventador needs to be reinvented but while maintaining its original chracterstics – carbon-fibre, the V12 naturally aspirated engine and other components.
Reggiani went on to say that every car “has a mission” and based on that an engine is to be chosen for its. The Urus was intended to be turbo, but the brand will continue to use naturally aspirated powertrains or its other super-sport models.
Lamborghini has been working on a concept – the Terzo Millennio, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, revleaed earlier this year. Part of this project is to explore and develop battery’s, as a major problem with electrification is the added weight, but Reggiani has said that battery density is a big concern, because the battery pack needs to be able to accommodate a significant number of cells. The collaboration is developing CF bodywork that can act as a storage battery as well as superconductors.
Reggiani insists that Lamborghini need to maintain it’s original characteristics, “The reaction you have to a 10-cylinder engine you cannot have from any other kind. This is what our customers love,” he said. “Why do I need to do something different? If I trust in the naturally aspirated engine, why downgrade my powertrain to a V8 or V6? I am Lamborghini, I am the top of the pinnacle of super-sports cars. I want to stay where I am.”