New Lamborghini to feature monococque carbon fiber shell

The 2012 Aventador from Lamborghini will feature a carbon fiber body shell manufactured by Lamborghini using pregreg material in a patented manufacturing process.

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Automobile magazine reported on Feb. 11 that Lamborghini has revealed that its upcoming 2012 Aventador will feature a carbon fiber body shell.

According to the report, Lamborghini has patented a new manufacturing technique involving the use prepregs by which to make the monocoque shell. Lamborghini will be building the new monocoque completely in-house, due to its complexity.

The composite shell is said to offer a more structurally rigid and safer, vehicle, as well as a much lighter curb weight. Weighing just 3,472 lb/1,575 kg, the LP700-4 Aventador has lost 198 lb/90 kg compared to its Murcielago LP640 predecessor, lending to an even more promising power-to-weight ratio. According to the report, the Aventador can hit 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds and top 217 mph.

The Lamborghini Aventador will be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show the first week of March.

Information: Click here to view the original Automobile magazine report.