For car enthusiasts, the release of a new Lamborghini is a special occasion. That’s especially so when the release is not only the car maker’s first hybrid vehicle, but it also happens to be their fastest and most powerful model ever produced.
The Sián—which, appropriately enough, means “flash of lighting” in the Bolognese dialect of Lamborghini’s Northern Italy headquarters—was presented to the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show recently. It is Lamborghini’s first electrified vehicle and only 63—to commemorate the year of Lamborghini’s founding, 1963—will be manufactured. While all 63 have already been ordered, this new vehicle is bound to fascinate auto technology students. Here’s why.
The Sián Has an Engine and Motor Combination Capable of Incredible Power
Lamborghini’s Sián is built around a 6.5-liter V12 engine capable of generating 774hp. Combined with the 34hp electric motor, the vehicle sits on a total of 808hp. The speedster can close 0-60 mph in a staggering 2.8 seconds and achieve a top speed of almost 350 km/h! For anybody in an automotive technology program, stats like those are bound to be impressive. Defined as a “mild” hybrid, it is the 34hp electric motor that gives the Sián superiority over its predecessors.
The Sián is the latest in Lamborghini’s lineage of audacious and bold designs. Borrowing elements that are reminiscent of their eighty’s supercar, the Coutach, this model is aerodynamic and elegant. Inside, drivers get to enjoy a portrait touchscreen that is based on one used in Lamborghini’s Huracán Evo. Other noteable features include a retractable spoiler and multiple air channels to keep the car grounded.
Understanding Hybrid Vehicles in Auto Technology School
The novelty of the Sián is that it’s Lamborghini first venture into hybrid vehicles. The combination of gasoline engine and electric motor will increase the vehicle’s speed by 10%, which is significant when we’re talking about speeds well over 300 km/h. Hybrid vehicles are designed to optimize performance and in the majority of hybrids, electricity is produced by a high-voltage battery pack that is recharged when the car brakes.
What you may find interesting if you’re in auto technology school is that the Sián is a bit different in this respect. Contrary to most hybrid car manufacturers, Lamborghini has replaced the battery with a lightweight supercapacitator mounted behind the passenger seat. Since 2017, Lamborghini has been working with engineers at MIT to develop supercapacitators to be used in their supercars. The most important difference between traditional lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitators is that the latter can deliver energy much faster.
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