Meet the Lamborghini Sian, the most powerful car from the Italian maker. It is also the first hybrid from their stables with unique technology. The hybrid power train makes use of supercapacitors instead of traditional batteries along with their screaming V12 motor.
Lamborghini Sian – under the hood:
What are supercapacitors? They store significantly more charge than regular electrolytic capacitors. They also discharge and charge very quickly. But even then, they can’t store enough charge to drive electric motors. How did Lamborghini do it then? We will let them explain it for you, “Due to the symmetric behavior of the supercapacitor, which contrary to normal Li-Ion batteries can be charged and discharged with the same power, the Sián’s energy storage system is fully charged every time the vehicle brakes. The energy stored is an instantly-available power boost, allowing the driver to draw immediately on increased torque when accelerating away, up to 130 km/h when the e-motor automatically disconnects, improving the elasticity maneuvers and making it more than 10% faster than a car without this system..”
The Lamborghini Sian still primarily uses a V12 engine for power. The V12 produces the highest power output of 785 hp until now. This is possible due to the use of materials like titanium for the intake valves. Extensive use of lightweight materials makes it faster than even the Aventador SVJ with a rated top speed of 350kmph. The e-motor adds another 34 hp in quick bursts bringing the total effective power output to 819 hp. The hybrid system also helps in improving the acceleration and traction in lower gears. It is also the fastest accelerating Lamborghini ever made. 0-100kmph sprint takes just 2.8 seconds.
Design – heading for the future
The Lamborghini Sian also has a unique and futuristic design. Lamborghini says it takes its inspiration from the Countach with the evident “Gandini” line and the diagonal line on the front hood. It also has some characteristic features like the new aero wings. The Lamborghini signature Y shape is seen throughout the car in various places. The low front with the integrated carbon-fiber splitter is dominated by the ‘Y’-shaped headlights, used for the first time to reflect the signature design of the night lights, originally designed for the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio. The rear features the famous hexagonal tail lamps. In the roof, the ‘Periscopio’ tunnel that originally incorporated a rear mirror in the Countach, adds a bold feature that links with the slats of the rear engine cover and important elements contributing to the car’s aerodynamic efficiency.