December 11th, 2019 by

Lamborghini not only wants to evolve their supercars to be more environmentally friendly but to do so in a way that does not compromise their legendary performance. Their goal is to create an emissions-free supercar, and the first step is the introduction of a hybrid that doesn’t use lithium-ion batteries.

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Lithium-ion batteries may be fine in smaller hybrids or electric cars, but they are heavy and have relatively slow energy release and recharge rates. This becomes a big factor when trying to design a supercar that has no gasoline engine. How does Lamborghini think they can overcome this barrier? They plan to use one of two possible solutions; supercapacitors or carbon nanotubes. Carbon nanotubes can perform two tasks because the carbon structures can also be integrated into the structure of the car due to the inherent strength of carbon fibers. The primary advantage of supercapacitors is its ability to store and discharge energy at much higher rates than lithium-ion batteries. This is critical when designing a supercar with very high acceleration and braking rates.

Lamborghini has been working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to develop supercapacitor storage capacity much greater than current technology permits. This would create a supercapacitor with a combination of rapid charge/discharge capability and greater storage capacity, leading potentially to an electric supercar.

Lamborghini first displayed a concept car in 2017 that could eventually combine the carbon nanotube and supercapacitor technologies. The next step is the current release of their first hybrid supercar. The new hybrid from Lamborghini is the Sián, and it couples a supercapacitor with a V-12 engine as a first demonstration of the supercapacitor concept. It has demonstrated a top speed above 217 mph and 0-62 mph in less than 2.8 seconds.

As with all Lamborghini fine automobiles, the Sián will be available with their Ad Personem program offering an almost infinite range of exterior colors and interior features including a new “touch and feel” leather that is very pleasing to the touch. For more information on the Lamborghini Sián, stop by Manhattan Motorcars or call 866-325-1538.

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