Lamborghini produced and sold 7,430 cars in 2020, a figure that has nothing to do with the ecological impact in the world. Nonetheless, the standards that car manufacturers must meet have indeed reached Sant’Agata Bolognese near Milan, where the sports car brand was born.
This Tuesday, a new roadmap reveals Lamborghini’s next steps for the transition of its engines. “Lamborghini’s electrification plan is a necessary change of course in a context that has radically evolved”exclaimed Stephan Winkelmann, President of Automobili Lamborghini SpA and Bugatti Automobiles SAS.
A fully electric car? In five years
The main announcement of this roadmap is certainly that of the release of a fourth model at Lamborghini, 100% electric (based on a Porsche Taycan?). Unlike its competitors, Lamborghini does not plan to present and market this one “Before the second half of the decade”. It will be the end point of his journey “, we say at Lamborghini, a message to read in both directions …
To reach this presentation, Lamborghini said it had signed its largest investment plan, estimated at 1.5 billion euros over four years. “Once again, the technological innovation of this phase will be guided by the objective of guaranteeing extraordinary performance and placing the new product at the pinnacle of the segment”, announces the brand. By the start of 2025, the first target is to achieve a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions.
Celebration of heat engines
As with Ferrari, Lamborghini has always represented the line of the best V12s in the world, these thermal, naturally aspirated engines (without the help of turbochargers) and which marked the nobility of automobile mechanics. Out of conviction and tribute, the roadmap begins with a so-called “celebration” phase, which will mark 2021 and 2022. On the program, very special versions will be released. Two of them will indeed be equipped with a twelve-cylinder engine.
Afterwards, the second phase will be called “transition” and will form a brand new hybrid range. In 2024, Lamborghini wants its entire range to be electrified in this way. The manufacturer recalls that the use of lightweight carbon fiber materials “Will be crucial to limit the weight due to electrification”. A crucial weight for sports cars, and a weight that seems to weigh on Lamborghini, a historical masterpiece blinded by a tomorrow that it no longer overlooks.