- Lamborghini showed off its new carbon fiber front crash structure for the upcoming successor to the Aventador.
- The new car will be stiffer and lighter than the Aventador.
- The important change is that there is no longer push-pull suspension but instead, upright springs at each corner.
The recently retired Aventador was the first Lamborghini road car to use a carbon fiber structure. Now the Italian supercar maker has shown us the lighter and stronger “monofuselage” that will be at the heart of the Aventador’s successor, an as-yet-unnamed model known only by the engineering code LB744.
While we’ll have to wait a little longer to see the whole car, images of the new structure make it clear that it sticks to the combination of a low roofline and harmonious proportions of its famous predecessor. We’d be very surprised if it wasn’t. The images also provide a chance to see how the new hybrid V-12 and front electric motor will fit into the platform.
The LB744 chassis will be lighter and stiffer than the Aventador. The structure combines parts made of extremely strong forged composites—a technology pioneered by Lamborghini and golf equipment company Callaway—as well as parts of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic. The most noticeable difference compared to the Aventador is the new carbon front shock structure in front of the passenger compartment which is both lighter and stiffer than the Aventador crash frame.
Behind the tab, the LB744 continues to use an aluminum structure to mount its engine, transmission and rear suspension components. The images also reveal that the new car will move away from the Aventador’s very elegant pushrod suspension, using more conventional upright springs for double wishbone suspension at each corner. They also show it riding on Bridgestone Potenza tires.
While we don’t yet have weight figures for the Monofuselage, Lamborghini’s claimed 29,502 pound-feet/degree of torsional rigidity represents a 25 percent increase over the Aventador, and 100 percent better than the 14,751 pound-feet/degree. company quoted for Murciélago. Although the core structure of the LB744 is lighter than the Aventador, we expect the overall weight to increase due to the mass carried by the hybrid powertrain’s three electric motors and 3.8-kWh battery pack.
The images also show the new car’s roofline design, which should help improve headroom compared to the cramped Aventador. We’ll see the fully finished car, and know its new name, at the end of the month.
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Mike Duff has been writing about the auto industry for two decades and calls the UK home, although he usually lives life on the road. He loves old cars and adventures in unlikely places, with career highlights including driving to Chernobyl in a Lada.