Lamborghini plans to make extensive use of carbonfibre to reduce the weight of all its future models as part of its shift away from making cars with ever-increasing top speeds.
Lamborghini president and CEO Stephan Winkelmann believes a reduction in weight of its models will allow the firm to further improve handling and acceleration, as well as increasing power-to-weight ratios.
His comments were made in an official statement – titled Lamborghini’s manifesto for future super sports cars – released alongside the second teaser image of its new Paris concept car, which Autocar understands will preview the all-new Murciélago.
The concept car will make extensive use of carbonfibre, something Winkelmann said every new Lamborghini would feature. This material is shown prominently in both of the teaser pics released so far ahead of the concept’s debut at Paris on 30 September.
Winkelmann said that since the mid-1980s, the average Lamborghini’s weight had increased by around 500kg due to “active and passive safety, comfort and emissions reduction issues”.
“This is something we have to change,” he said. “Since we cannot reduce safety or comfort, we have to reduce the weight by using new materials.
“Speed is not as important anymore, because all super sports cars are exceeding 300km/h (186mph) and this is a speed you cannot reach even on a racetrack, let alone normal roads.
“We think it is time to make a shift and talk more about handling and acceleration.”