Lamborghini Asterion is Lamborghini’s FIRST Hybrid Vehicle
Lamborghini changed its tradition of naming its cars after bulls, this time the company named its new car Asterion, after the minotaur. That’s pretty clever Lamborghini’s move, because the minotaur is a hybrid between man and bull, and Lamborghini’s first hybrid car will be named after it.
Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4, symbolizes the very important milestone in the history of the company. Although we’re talking about a prototype, Asterion suggests that Lamborghini will offer a serial model with Plug-in hybrid drive, one day, just like it was the case with Ferrari and McLaren. Besides that, with its retro style, Asterion deviates from the design of other Lamborghini’s models.
The main power of the system is still 5.2 liter V10 diesel engine, which is “borrowed” from the Huracan model. The engine produces 610 hp (449 kW) and 560 Nm, but Asterion’s whole power is directed only to the rear axle.
A seven-speed automatic engine with a double clutch is used for transmission system. Besides the diesel engine, the vehicle also features three electric engines. Total power of all electric engines is 300 hp (220 kW), and is transmitted to the front wheels.
Electrical engines are powered with lithium-ion battery, placed in the central tunnel, in the floor of the vehicle. Lamborghini claims that the hybrid technology increased the mass of the Asterion for 250 kg.
Total power of the driving system reaches 910hp and allows the car to reach 100mph for only 3 seconds, while the maximum speed of the vehicle is 320mphs. Asterion is also able to run only with the help of the electric engines, but in that case the power will be redirected to the front axle only.
In the electric mode, the vehicle can reach 125mphs, and the concept can yarn up to 50mphs, before the batteries are empty. Lamborghini didn’t announce any detailed information and plans for the new Asterion, but we already know that it’s going to be a revolutionary vehicle.
Considering that it’s a completely new driving conception, the company will probably wait for the reaction of the users and experts, before they decide to manufacture an official version of the hybrid car.