Earlier this month, at the Paris Motor Show, supercar manufacturer Lamborghini showed off their very first hybrid vehicle in the Asterion LPI 910-4.
A combination of a 5.2l V10 engine coupled with a trio of electric motors, the Asterion is a 910 horsepower monster able to pip 100km/hour in three seconds and capable of a top speed of 320km/h. When running on the electric motors alone, the vehicle has a range of 50 kilometres. That might seems to be a piffling amount but it’s nothing to sneeze at when you’re tooling around in a V10.
But sadly the Asterion isn’t going to be for sale any time soon, it’s more of a tech demo of what the company would do if they ever ventured into the hybrid vehicle space – something that hasn’t been completely ruled out yet. But Lamborghini plans to embrace turbocharging tech instead of creating plug-in EVs for the near future, it seems, so wealthy drivers looking to reduce their carbon footprints will have to wait for a production model that doesn’t use batteries.
The Asterion LPI 910-4 was made as “…a technology demonstrator representing a Lamborghini model that realistically be produced today”, though the company won’t be mass producing these at any point.
The video below, unfortunately an animated rendering rather than a live demo, shows just how the Lambo hybrid works on the road, from switching between the electric engine that runs the show at startup to the conventional dinosaur-burning one at high speeds.
Source: Digital Trends