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Lamborghinis will continue to “look like spaceships” as the firm enters the electrification era, according to design boss Mitja Borkert.

The Italian supercar maker will switch to a fully hybridised line-up for next year and, like all car makers, will make full-electric cars, too. It has already launched the Lamborghini Sián and Lamborghini Countach as limited-run electrified creations based on the Aventador, but the next series-production V12 supercar will swap those two cars' low-capacity supercapacitor device for a more conventional hybrid set-up.

"We will always create cars with emotional performance," said Borkert, speaking to Autocar at the Milan Monza motor show. "They will always look like spaceships, always be inspiring, always cars that with whatever technology they have will have the sound and the emotion to touch you.

"We have a clear future declared by Stephan Winkelmann [Lamborghini CEO] and we are heading to the future. We finish with pure internal combustion this year and start hybrid next year."

Borkert said electric cars were eventually necessary at Lamborghini as "we are living on the same planet as everyone else", but it was important regardless that the firm looked forward to evolve. "We need to always use new technology. There's always a new generation" of buyers coming through, said Borkert.

The switch to electrification has also opened up new design opportunities, he said – for example, "with the muffler, we can use that area for aero… in a very cool way".

Borkert added: "I'm convinced we can introduce smart aero in the future." He also dismissed the suggestion that batteries created packaging issues and would alter the proportions of Lamborghinis.

He said the electric Lamborghini Terzo Millennio concept car continued to inspire the firm's 17-strong design team in designing future models.

Mark Tisshaw

Title: Editor

Mark is a journalist with more than a decade of top-level experience in the automotive industry. He first joined Autocar in 2009, having previously worked in local newspapers. He has held several roles at Autocar, including news editor, deputy editor, digital editor and his current position of editor, one he has held since 2017.

From this position he oversees all of Autocar’s content across the print magazine, website, social media, video, and podcast channels, as well as our recent launch, Autocar Business. Mark regularly interviews the very top global executives in the automotive industry, telling their stories and holding them to account, meeting them at shows and events around the world.

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FastRenaultFan 17 June 2022
Since when did a Lamborghini ever look like a Spaceship.
They look like beautiful outlandish cars yes but a spaceship no.
A Ford S-Max feels like a Spaceship inside at least the mk1 did but look like one no. No car looks like a spaceship certainly not a Lamborghini.
Sitikchai 17 June 2022

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eseaton 17 June 2022
An electric Lamborghini has all the appeal of a blow up doll.