Automobili Lamborghini received the'Innovation Award' at the JEC Composites Exhibition in Paris yesterday; the onlyaward presented within the category 'Automotive Interiors'.
The award recognized the new carbon fiber package created for theLamborghini Huracán. The award was handed to Luciano de Oto, Head of theACRC Department, for the "Combination of C-SMC and the patented applicationfor Automotive A-class Components". The Carbon Package, available as anoption to Lamborghini Huracán clients, features many components made inforged composite, such as handles, air intakes, central tunnel cladding, and someother details of the cockpit.
Forged composite is a material developed thanks to a technology named C-SMC(Carbon-Sheet Moulded Compound), which allows Lamborghini to obtain A-classsurfaces out of C-SMC materials through a patented process. Among the manyadvantages is its suitability for high volume production, lower manufacturingcosts, and more freedom in geometries than traditional technologies.
Developed in 2010 for the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento project, the forgedcomposite then was limited to structural application; now it will be extended tointernal applications for its innovative aesthetical appearance. Lamborghini'sconstant striving for innovation has overcome the textural limitations of moretraditional carbon fiber weaving, which is already widely employed in automotivecomponents.