A Hybrid Lamborghini In The Works?

June 8, 2009

Lamborghini is preparing for a green-car future by cutting emissions from its factories. But will it also add hybrid power to its supercars?

Back in 2007, at the launch of the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann emphatically told TheCarConnection.com there would be “no turbo, no diesel, no hybrid.” Winkelmann's position may be changing now, as even luxury and exotic car makers are tapping into the green zeitgeist.

Lamborghini now says it has a new environmental strategy that will cut emissions of its vehicles by 35 percent. To get there, the brand will build cars that weight less, and will increase the efficiency of the vehicles through engineering. That will lead to all sorts of improvements, from reducing friction in transmissions, installing stop-start systems, and adapting engines to run on biofuels like ethanol.

It may also lead Lamborghini down the hybrid gas-electric path. Competitors like Ferrari are working on exotic hybrid solutions; Lamborghini, as a part of the Volkswagen group, has access to a growing hybrid parts bin that's being put in place on vehicles from the 2010 Porsche Panamera to the growing range of Audi hybrids. For the first time, in a press release, Lamborghini now has said hybrid drivetrains are a part of its future--though it says nothing regarding the vehicles that may go hybrid--though a production Panamera fighter like the 2008 Lamborghini Estoque concept would be a likely candidate.

Aside from improving the green profile of its cars, Lamborghini's also cutting emissions and pollution from its factories. The company says it will spend upwards of $40 million to put solar panels on its Sant'Agata assembly plant, to cut the plant's carbon output by 30 percent.

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