Lamborghini use New Carbon Fiber to Drive Down Weight of Aventador J

5th April 2012

The Lamborghini Aventador J, revealed at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, utilizes an innovative new carbon fiber composite material in an effort to minimize weight of the striking new vehicle. As reported by Composites World, the two seater vehicle uses “Carbonskin”, a new flexible material developed in-house at Lamborghini.

 The Aventador J offers 515 kW / 700 hp and a top speed of over 300 Km/h (~186 mph) but it is its approach to reducing weight which is of particular interest.  Its structure is based on a monocoque made from carbon fiber reinforced polymers and the absence of a roof and large windscreen along with options such as air conditioning, audio system or satellite navigation certainly help in the weight battle. The Aventador J weighs in at 1575 kg (~3472 lbs).

In the Aventador J seats are made of Forged COMPOSITE®, with inserts of flexible carbon fiber fabrics: a result of an Lamborghini patent. Lamborghini has developed a new carbon fiber material for the Aventador J. In its first automotive application, this carbon fiber fabric called “Carbonskin” is made of woven carbon fibers soaked with a special epoxy resin that stabilizes the fiber structure and keeps the material soft. The complete cockpit and parts of the seats are clad in this material.

According to Lamborghini, the material has a wide range of potential uses and even cites the clothing market as a possible application!

 

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