Slowly but surely, Lamborghini has revealed pieces of its upcoming 2012 Aventador. It’s shared photos of the car dressed up in camouflage, as well as clear looks at the engine, transmission, and suspension; we’ve even taken the car for a spin. Now, we’ve received one more piece to the puzzle with full details on the Aventador’s carbon fiber body shell.
Using a new technique that Lamborghini has patented, the monocoque shell is made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer. To create the CFRP, resin is impregnated into the sheets of carbon fiber before they are molded. This is not the first time we are seeing a carbon fiber composite from Lamborghini, as the CFRP production technique and a composite shell were shown on the Sesto Elemento concept at last year’s Paris Auto Show. Lamborghini will be building the new monocoque completely in-house, due to its complexity.
The benefit of the composite is a more structurally rigid, and safer, vehicle, as well as a much lighter curb weight. Coming in at just 3472 pounds, the LP700-4 “Aventador” has lost 198 pounds compared to its Murcielago LP640 predecessor, lending to an even more promising power-to-weight ratio. This is evident in its ability to hit 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds and top 217 mph. Sending power from the 691-horsepower 6.5-liter V-12 to all four wheels is a seven-speed sequential manual transmission; to reign all that power in are six-piston front, four-piston carbon fiber brakes, with a pushrod suspension keeping the car planted.
The Lamborghini Aventador will be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show the first week of March.