The electrification of all cars in nearly inevitable. Lamborghini has plans to electrify the next Aventador but they won’t do it like everyone else.
In Geneva last week, one of the highlight reveals was that of the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster. Such a special edition Lambo typically signifies that the end of the model is approaching. Plans for the next generation Lamborghini Aventador are well under way and supercapacitors are the answer.
The Lamborghini Aventador is revered and loved for many things including its fabulous naturally-aspirated V12 engine. Unlike most of its competitors such as McLaren and Ferrari, Lamborghini intends to retain the services of the V12, thus not call upon a smaller engine and turbos, and to complement it with supercapacitors instead of batteries.
According to Lamborghini, supercapacitors offer the greatest efficiency in terms of power-to-weight ratio versus batteries thanks to their higher power density. They will provide the highly desirable low-end torque boost now expect from electrified cars and help reduce fuel consumption, if only a little.
The issue will be the added weight that inevitably comes with these components. While their actual weight cannot be reduced, the impression of weight can be manipulated. Through various chassis control technologies such as rear-wheel steering and torque-vectoring, the car can be made to feel more agile.
Of course, Lamborghini is also working to develop new structural carbon fiber technologies, for example, with the goal to directly minimize the impact of the added weight of the hybridization.
The SVJ’s 6.5-litre V12 makes 770-horsepower and 531 lb.-ft. of torque. Will we see a 900+ horsepower (and 750 lb.-ft. of torque) hybrid future Aventador in a few years? When it does come, we’ll know it as we’ll hear from blocks away thanks to its glorious V12.