Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 live photos
Lamborghini has gone to great lengths to improve the weight and structural rigidity of its new Aventador LP700-4. The latest supercar is not only a powerful brute but it’s also technology-driven, and one standout feature is its extensive use of carbon fiber.
In fact, the central structure of the car is made entirely from carbon fiber and has been designed as a monocoque. Add to this, most of the Aventador’s body panels are also made of the lightweight composite material, which you can take as meaning that most repair shops--even those used to repairing exotic cars--won't be able to work on damaged examples, even for minor scrapes.
Never fear as Lamborghini is introducing a new ‘flying doctor’ service for the cars. If you happen to suffer a crash in the new Aventador, there’s no point taking it to one of the country’s 29 Lamborhini dealerships.
Instead, the cars will be sent to a special center in Seattle, not far from the recently established Automobili Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory (ACSL). A call will then be made to Lamborghini’s special flying doctor who comes equipped with a suitcase carrying heat-generating tools to reapply carbon fiber to damaged areas of the cars. Only three of these flying doctors will be trained, and only one will be available for the U.S. market.
Such a requirement is necessary as the Aventador LP700-4 features a single carbon fiber component spanning the roof, passenger compartment and rear bulkhead. The monocoque is connected at the front and rear with rigid aluminum sub-frames, on which the suspension, engine and transmission are mounted.
Unfortunately, this expensive and complicated construction process means that we’re likely to see a lot more Aventador’s written-off after what may even seem to be minor accidents rather than actually being fixed.
For full details on the new Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, click here.
[Automotive News, sub req’d]