910hp Lamborghini Asterion hybrid supercar concept revealed

Posted on Thu ,02 Oct 2014 6:05 pm
Vaibhav Yedavi
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910hp Lamborghini Asterion hybrid supercar concept revealed

What and irony it is that the most understated hybrid supercar design comes from the maker of the Egoista and the Veneno. Say hello to the Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4!

Lamborghini’s are always named after bulls and it’s no different with this car. Asterion is actually a mythical hybrid character who had the head of a bull and the body of a human being. So the name is apt for Lamborghini’s latest supercar, which is a petrol-electric hybrid. The “I” in LPI stands for “Ibrido” which is hybrid in Italian.

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At the back is the familiar 5.2-litre, 610 hp/560 Nm V10 engine form the Huracan. It is coupled to three electric motors; two located at the front and powering the front wheels, and one starter and generator motor which is housed in the 7-speed DSG transmission casing. The electric motors have a total output of 300 hp and the combined total output of the petrol-electric setup is 910 hp. The Asterion can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 3.0 seconds and can reach a maximum speed of 320 km/h. In pure electric mode (only front two motors are active); it can travel a distance of 50 km at speeds of up to 125 km/h. The whole hybrid setup produces CO2 emissions of just 98 g/km and Lamborghini claims an impressive mileage figure of 24 km/l (under European cycle) for the Asterion.

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The whole chassis of the Asterion is made from carbon-fibre and it helps offset the weight of the 250 kg batteries located in the central tunnel. The exterior design is much understated for a Lamborghini and looks more like a GT than a supercar with its less raked windscreen, longer front section and a higher roof-line. The ivory and brown interior looks luxurious and comfortable too with higher placed seats, a three spoke steering wheel and carbon-fibre elements.

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Lamborghini says that the Asterion is a one-off technology demonstrator prototype. But the technology in the car is currently available and if Lamborghini wanted to, it could produce the car today.

We are not sure if Lamborghini will put the car into production in the future, but expect the hybrid-tech to trickle down to current Lamborghini models soon.

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Image source: Lamborghini



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