Seattle, Washington – Lamborghini has partnered with the University of Washington (UW) to further research into lightweight composite technologies, marking the first time the automaker has collaborated with a U.S. university.
Lamborghini has committed to provide substantial funding for lab equipment and student support at the new Automobili Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory. During the past two years, the university has hosted Lamborghini engineers for month-long periods, faculty have travelled to Italy to conduct small classes on the fundamentals of composites design and certification, and the university has sent engineering graduate students for internships at Lamborghini’s headquarters in Bologna.
“Lamborghini remains committed to investing in its future, and advancing carbon fibre composite technologies is the key to achieving many of our goals,” said Stephan Winkelmann, president of Lamborghini. “The UW and its collaborations have enabled Automobili Lamborghini to proceed with confidence in the development of innovative, composite-intensive structures.”
The lab’s equipment includes a lightning-strike generator for simulated lightning strikes up to 100,000 amps; a drop tower for inflicting damage for foreign objects; a pneumatic crash sled capable of crushing full-size vehicle prototypes; and a high-speed video camera that can take 82,000 frames per second.