New Lamborghini for Geneva Motor Show
26th January, 2011
• New V12 super sports car with pushrod suspension for race-car
• Detailed lightweight engineering concept with double wishbone suspension and carbon ceramic brake system
• Unique ‘motorsport’ feel combined with long-distance comfort
The new Lamborghini V12 super sports car which will debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show (opens 3rd March
to general public) will feature an innovative and highly sophisticated suspension concept. The pushrod spring and
damper concept was inspired by Formula 1 and tuned perfectly to meet the needs of a high-performance road-going
vehicle. Together with aluminium double wishbone suspension and a carbon ceramic brake system, this lightweight
chassis is another element of the unique technology concept in Lamborghini’s new flagship model.
An extremely precise, indeed razor-sharp, driving feel accurately describes the soul of the newest and most
powerful super sports car ever to bear the sign of the bull. This includes a steering system that can think its
way through a bend adhering to the perfect line, a suspension that masters the ideal balance between race-car
feel for the road and plenty of comfort for ramping up the miles, and lateral stability that ensures absolute
safety even at the very highest speeds.
Pushrod suspension derived from motor sport
With its phenomenal engine output of 515 kW (700 hp) and its comparatively low vehicle weight, the new V12
super sports car from Lamborghini blasts its way to the very highest speeds. The most important characteristic
of the new suspension is its design in line with the pushrod principle – inspired by Formula 1. The
spring/damper elements are not located on the wheel mounts, but connected inboard to the body shell structure.
They are transversely positioned: under the windscreen in the front and close to the engine in the rear.
Pushrods and relay levers/rockers transmit the forces from the wheel mounts to the spring/damper elements.
Responsive handling characteristics at all speeds
This solution offers a whole series of impressive benefits: due to the combination of the double wishbone
and pushrod arrangement, wheel control and damper remain separate from each other. As a result, handling is
more responsive and easier to manage at all speeds, while rigid connection to the chassis also improves the
precise and spontaneous reaction of the springs and dampers. As a result, spring stiffness can be notched
back a little – comfort increases, while precision remains. On the front axle, the shock absorbers are
equipped with a hydraulic lifting system, which enables the front end of the super sports car to be lifted by
40 millimetres at the touch of a button, simplifying its ability to negotiate minor obstacles.
Systematic lightweight engineering in aluminium and carbon fibre
Aluminium and carbon fibre are also the most important lightweight engineering materials on the chassis.
The entire suspension system, including upper and lower control arms, wheel mounts and relay levers are made
from forged aluminium alloy. The large-diameter discs on the high-performance brake system, on the other
hand, are made from lightweight and extremely hard-wearing carbon ceramic composite material. On the front
axle, the ventilated discs measure no less than 400 millimetres in diameter, with braking force delivered via
six cylinder callipers. On the rear axle, 380 millimetre diameter discs are used in combination with four
cylinder callipers. The parking brake on the new Lamborghini top model is electrically powered.
Steering forms the sensitive connection between driver and automobile
The hydraulic steering on the Lamborghini V12 forms the highly sensitive connection between the driver
and the super sports car, which runs on 19-inch wheels clad on 255/35 tyres at the front and 20-inch rims on
335/30 tyres at the rear. Steering Gear foresees 3 different servotronic characteristics managed by drive
select mode. After all, not every day is the same and the “corsa” (race track) setting can perhaps sometimes
be a little too demanding.
Stay tuned to Next Car for additional details of this new Lamborghini over coming weeks.