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  1. Lamborghini uses Carbon's digital manufacturing for end-use parts The first production parts will be for the Urus model of Lamborghini’s Super SUV, one of the world's fastest SUVs. Lamborghini Lamborghini, the Italian sports car brand, is the latest automotive company to adopt 3D printing technology for its production process. The company is working with Carbon to more efficiently produce lightweight, high quality, end-use parts. Specifically, Lamborghini is using Carbon technology to redesign several parts of its vehicle interior, mirror assembly and accessory components. The first production parts are a new textured fuel cap with the Urus label and a clip component for an air duct. Both parts are on the Urus model of Lamborghini's Super SUV -- one of the world's fastest SUVs with a price tag of around $200,000. To produce the parts, Lamborghini will use Carbon printers as well as Carbon's Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology, which uses light and oxygen to rapidly produce products from a pool of resin. Lamborghini is also collaborating with Volkswagen's Electronic Research Lab in the redesign process. "Through our extensive procurement research, we found that many of our vehicle components were ideal candidates for digital manufacturing," Lamborghini Chief Procurement Officer Stefan Gramse said in a statement. "By partnering with Carbon, we are designing on the means of production, which allows us to produce more durable products smarter, faster, and more efficiently, while also substantially accelerating our time to market." A number of automakers are experimenting with different materials and manufacturing techniques. Last month, for instance, Carbon showcased the first digitally manufactured polymer parts in production for Ford, including Ford Focus HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Cooling) Lever Arm Service Parts. Meanwhile, Audi has adopted Stratasys 3D printingmethods in a plot to drastically reduce the time required for prototyping. Source
  2. Taiwan held the public execution this week…of a Lamborghini. The $300,000-plus Murcielago was impounded three years ago after it was pulled over at a police checkpoint and found to be displaying license plates registered to a Ford sedan. Turns out the owner had illegally imported the exotic ride and was trying to drive it under the radar, perhaps not the easiest thing to do in a customized, matte black supercar. Focus Taiwan reports that the owner, a commercial pilot, had spent the last couple of years filing appeals, but failed in his efforts. The sentence was carried out at a wrecking yard by a claw-equipped backhoe, with little regard to the dignity of the car.
  3. Lamborghini's fastest - and rarest - car, the Centenario, makes American debut in Los Angeles - but you'll need $1.9million to drive it Only 40 Lamborghini Centenarios have been made, each sold for $1.9m It goes from 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds and can reach speeds of 217mph The car was displayed for the first time in the U.S. in Los Angeles Saturday It made its world debut in March at the Geneva Auto Show, Switzerland It was commissioned for 100th birthday of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini He was born in April 1916 and died in February 1993 The ultra-rare Lamborghini Centenario made its North American debut in Los Angeles Saturday, with crowds flocking to see the fearsome sports car's sleek lines. Only 40 examples of the car - 20 coupes, 20 convertibles - will be made, all of which have now been sold for a cool $1.9million each. The vehicle, which goes from 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds and hits top speeds of 217mph, made its American debut at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles Saturday morning, Robb Report said. Sleek: The Lamborghini Centenario was commissioned to commemorate the 100th birthday of company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini, who was born in April 1916 Speed machine: The car was exhibited in North America for the first time at the Petersen Automotive Museum (pictured) in Los Angeles Saturday Suction: The car's rear has no bumper - instead it has fins that form part of the diffuser, a series of channels under the car that keep it stuck to the road when moving at top speeds of 217mph Blades: The wheels' spokes are designed like the blades of a fan, cooling down the brake discs Customized: The interior is customized for each owner, but looks suitably high-tech As its name implies, the Centenario was commissioned in recognition of the first centenary of the birth of the company's founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini, who was born on April 28, 1916. He started his career building tractors, but then moved over to building sports cars - with impressive results. The Centenario the most powerful engine ever built by the company - a 776 horsepower, naturally aspirated V-12 monster - and its carbon-fiber body makes it lightweight and aerodynamic. It weighs just 3,351lbs, giving it a weight-to-horsepower ratio of 4.34lbs per horsepower. Its interior is custom-designed for each buyer, and features lightweight carbon-fiber seats. It can be painted to any color that its buyers demand - and after spending $1.9million, that's quite right too - but the display model seen in LA is unpainted, to show off the slick carbon paneling. The car keeps the traditional Lamborghini sleekness, but with a sharp edge thanks to a series of aerodynamic ridges and fins. It also lacks a rear bumper, instead having more fins that act as part of a diffuser. As with Formula 1 cars, that keeps the Lamborghini gripped to the floor, even when moving at tremendous speeds. And the center-locking wheels - 21 inches at the back and 20 at the front - have yellow-trimmed Pirelli P Zero tires and spokes like are shaped like fans to aid cooling. The vehicle was exhibited as part of a 'Lamborghini Cruise-in' event in which other Lamborghini owners were encouraged to bring along their own cars for a public display. The car made its world debut in March at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show in Switzerland. The event was presented in partnership with Xbox as a promotion for the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center, which runs June 14-16. Classic: The car retains the classic Lamborghini silhouette, with with an angular edginess that's unique. This display model was unpainted, showing off the carbon-fiber body, but can be painted however the owner likes Expensive: Only 40 examples of the car have been made, and all were sold for $1.9million each Display: The exhibition took place at the Petersen museum (pictured), along with a display of Lamborghinis from visiting owners Article source
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