In an interview with Germany's Automobilewoche trade paper, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann says the Audi-owned sports car maker will launch a hybrid model by 2015. Surprising news for a company whose V10 and V12 engines are best known for converting large quantities of premium unleaded into blazing speed? Not really. Officials from rival Ferrari have said, as often as anyone will listen, that a hybrid Ferrari is on the way -- the exact same year. What a coincidence.
Not mentioning the Ferrari hybrid by name, Winkelmann did say the Lamborghini hybrid -- like the Toyota Prius -- will call on an electric motor to propel the car fully at slow speeds, like in city traffic. The traditional Lambo 10- or 12-cylinder gasoline engine will take over at higher speeds. That means the system likely won't be like the current hybrid-drive tech used in Formula One racing -- which provide a short-term boost of power -- some teams have been using this F1 season to uneven results. He also hinted that the company's Gallardo model would likely provide a test-bed for the first iteration of the company's hybrid system.
Winkelmann also confirmed Lamborghini won't be delving into all-electric power, like Mercedes-Benz.
[via Car Advice.au]
I think new hybrid sports cars are an outstanding new invention. Can not wait to see it.
For the money I would rather buy a Tesla roadster. But to be honest I will likely never have the money for either.
Sad not to see my old home town of San Diego not on the list... all that sunshine not being put to good use - very disappointing
Hey clayss, im with ya we got lotsa sunshine in Iowa...some times.
But the point is that a hybrid sports car is quite the innovative invention from a enviromental standpoint, and a sports car look standpoint.-DaSonicMan
i think that people should try and make a hybrid semi because they use tons of gas and big cities like L.A or N.Y might clear up a bit
Wow! I have been just claiming that a majority of the major car manufactures are a little slow making the change to more efficient fuel and today I read of three who are taking the leap. Lamborghini, if you get this right it will pave the way for all of them.
I have for a long time been claiming that a majority of the bigger car manufactures are too slow making the change to more efficient fuel, I salute Lamorghini for taking the leap.