Lamborghini is doing whatever it can to keep its naturally aspirated V10 and V12 engines, even when its rivals are moving to smaller turbocharged engines. Instead of downsizing its engines, Lamborghini has confirmed that it will electrify its V10 and V12 engines.
Speaking to Autocar, Lamborghini’s technical director, Maurizio Reggiani confirmed that Lamborghini will use hybrid engines for its next sports cars. “We will continue to choose natural aspiration for the super-sports cars. In the future, we will need to take account of fuel consumption and emissions. I am convinced the naturally aspirated engine coupled with a hybrid system can be the right answer,” Reggiani stated.
The next Aventador is expected to get a hybrid powertrain, while the replacement for the Huracán could get a 10-cylinder plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Talking about the next Aventador, Reggiani stated, “We need to reinvent this icon without [losing] the characteristics of the current car: carbon fiber, the V12 naturally aspirated engine and other components. Looking forward, if it is a hybrid then in what ways can we compensate for its weight?”
To help power the new hybrid powertrains, Lamborghini is currently working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to develop carbon fiber bodywork that can store energy.