Lamborghini opens carbon fiber research facility in Seattle

Operating as an entity outside of the company's headquarters in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy, the research center is responsible for unlocking new potential in carbon fiber.

Italian supercar manufacturer Lamborghini has opened a new Seattle-based carbon fiber research facility, the Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory (ACSL). The company says that ACSL will be responsible for unlocking new potential in carbon fiber and breakthroughs that take place at the facility will influence developments in Lamborghinis of the future. The grand opening of the new ACSL also marks the 30th anniversary of Lamborghini's use of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer in its vehicles.

"Carbon fiber is a material that Lamborghini has a long history with. Starting with the Countach Quattrovalvole and continuing today, it is one of the most important keys to the success of our cars in the past, present and future," said Stefano Domenicali, Automobili Lamborghini Chief Executive Officer.

The company says Seattle is a strategic location for the ACSL, particularly because of its collaboration with Boeing in working toward carbon fiber innovations that are beneficial in both automotive and aerospace applications.

One of the company's developments includes when Forged Composite made its debut in 2010 with the Sesto Elemento limited series supercar where it served in a structural capacity. Such continued refinements in the manufacturing process have allowed Lamborghini to enhance its finished product for structural and aesthetical application in 2013.

"By continuing to develop our patented Forged Composite materials, we are able to create a product that can enhance Lamborghini super sports cars in both their performance and their appearance," said Maurizio Reggiani, Board Member, R&D. "The ability to leverage this kind of lightweight material gives Lamborghini an advantage that will benefit our cars – as well as production process - in the future."

Lamborghini's dedication to carbon fiber innovation goes beyond material development through the ACSL to find and recruit young, talented engineers from around the world.

Lamborghini debuted the latest car to showcase its use of carbon fiber during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The Centenario, which was on display for the exclusive event, is available in a body made of fully exposed carbon fiber.