Thursday, November 2, 2017

Report: The Huracan’s Followup Will Be a Hybrid

By: Sebastien Bell
Lamborghini was on such a hot streak of obstinate heroism, promising us naturally aspirated V12s well into the future, but now they’ve admitted that the V10 that powers the Huracan will need hybridization when that model is replaced.
The Huracan’s followup isn’t expected until 2022, so it won’t be for a few years now, but a measure of the hybrid tech going into the Urus will make its way into Lambo’s supercars in the future.
“The [next] Huracán – that car will need hybridization. Hybridization is the answer, not [full] electric,” Stephano Domenicali, head of Lamborghini, told AutoCar. “There is still a lot of potential for the V12. The right approach for us is to have the V10 and V12 to suit our customers and then be ready to switch [to a hybrid] at the right moment.”
The brand isn’t jumping into hybridization, though, because it feels the technology isn’t ready yet. Range anxiety–albeit a very Lamborghini form of range anxiety–seems to be its main concern.
“The issue today is the storage of energy. If I go to a track, I need to run all the laps that I want. But today, the problem is that if you go, you are only able to run one and a half laps [flat out].”
So Lamborghini is working with partners like MIT to solve the issues of range and weight, which also concerns the brand deeply.
At least for now the V12 is still safe.
“When they come to Lamborghini, they are asking for the power and performance of our naturally aspirated engines,” said Domenicali. “That’s why we have already decided that the next-generation V12 will stay naturally aspirated and it is one reason why the [Aventador] remains unique.

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