Lamborghini has unveiled the carbon fiber chassis for its upcoming Aventador replacement and it uses more of the composite than ever before. Inspired by the light-but-strong world of aeronautics, the car is currently codenamed LB744 and is underpinned by what Lambo refers to as the 'monofuselage' giving it more strength with less weight.
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Rockets, you say?
Evolution From Aventador
One function of the aforementioned increase in strength is better torsional stiffness or less twist/flex in the chassis helping the LB744 put down the power from its hybridized V12 effectively. Forged composites are used for the front subframe and crash structure of the new car, marking a 20% weight reduction over the Aventador's aluminum frontal structures with double the energy absorption abilities.
The monofuselage is about 25% stiffer torsion-wise than the Aventador chassis and the whole show is around 10% lighter. This should all make for better driving dynamics plus increased efficiency, if indeed such a thing matters to the V12 supercar buyer.
Lamborghini says that the new design is based around integrating as many components as possible, thus removing the need for joints and welds. Forged composites provide a more efficient manufacturing process without the need for cooling-related energy consumption. Lamborghinis have used these composites since 2008, but the LB744 represents their most extensive use to date.
The vehicle's roof, on the other hand, is made from the more traditional autoclave produced carbon which allows Lambo's craftsmen and women to flex their creative muscles with the hand-laid weave and gives customers an added layer of customization.
The rear subframe is made from high-strength aluminum alloy and features a new design which integrates mounting points for the suspension and powertrain with fewer welds giving, you guessed it, greater strength with lower weight.
Lamborghini will reveal its Aventador successor "in the next few weeks." Here's hoping the LB744 gets a name as good as Aventador, or Murcielago, or Huracan.
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