Lamborghini’s approach to supercar performance with a clear conscience combines the beneficial effects of light weight with hybrid power. The monocoque is made entirely of carbon-fibre and there’s a mid-mounted 5.2-litre V10 engine behind the driver capable of 610hp. To make room for the hybrid hardware, the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission is mounted at the rear of the engine, sandwiching an integrated starter motor and generator. The central transmission tunnel, where the transmission would normally go, now houses a powerful lithium battery, the ideal location for weight distribution and accident protection. Two additional electric motors power the two front wheels, so in electric-only zero-emissions mode, this is a front drive Lamborghini. Once the V10 is called into action, all-wheel drive is restored with a combined 910hp for performance that should be shattering.
SThe Asterion takes its name from a mythical ‘fighting bull’ – the Minotaur of Greek legend. Unlike the Minotaur, this fighting bull is a technology demonstrator that nonetheless could realistically be produced today. All the tech is available – the question is, will Sant’Agata give it the green light?