Over the course of its history, Automobili Lamborghini has devoted increasing effort to the research on composite materials. In 2007 it established a corporate research department called the "Advanced Composite Research Center" (ACRC), devoted to the research on innovative materials and the development of new concepts and technologies applied to carbon fiber able to maximize the performance-to-weight ratio of the parts and the vehicle. The deparment comprises two divisions, engineering and manufacturing, which simultaneously follow all the product development steps. A Concurrent Engineering approach allows the multifunctional team to devise a design by integrating the rapidly evolving technological processes to meet even more extreme technical requirements. The group is also responsible for the production of spare components and the repair of the Aventador monocoque. With its dedicated team, Lamborghini is the only automaker in the world to boast an all-encompassing, in-house know-how of the entire cycle of composite materials; from the birth of an idea, to the concept, to the creation of a product, up to the subsequent repairs. With a view to constantly improve the performance of the vehicles and as well as the lighweight design and safety, the engineering department develops and selects innovative materials, technologies, and solutions aimed at using carbon fiber in components that were up to now unimaginable in the world of extreme automotive design.
In addition, 2007 also saw the start of a collaboration between Lamborghini and Boeing that made it possible to transfer the technology from the Aerospace sector to the Automotive, with a special focus on crashworthiness, the BBA (Building Block Approach) modular approach in vehicle engineering and the repair techniques for composite materials.
Still in Seattle, WA, the ACSL NPO was founded in 2014 and officially inaugurated in June 2016. It is a technological laboratory supervised by Paolo Feraboli, tasked with complementing the work of the ACRC in Sant'Agata. In particular, the ACLS NPO deals with technology scouting and the processes used in the Aeronautic and Aerospace world, and translating the ideas developed in those fields into concept solutions to be subsequently validated on the products in Sant'Agata.
This is how Lamborghini’s supremacy is carried on in the world of composite materials, a field in which the company has always been a forerunner of the new challenges that - in a constantly evolving sector - stem from the external collaborations with Boeing, the Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory in Seattle, other prestigious research institutes, and renowned Italian and foreign universities.