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Lamborghini’s new Hybrid Concept – The Asterion!

Lambo’s Hyper-Hybrid

Lamborghini have unveiled its new Asterion LPI 910-4, a hybid-powered GT at the Paris Motor show. The Asterion has a 5.2-litre, naturally aspirated V10 petrol engine working in tandem with three electric motors, giving a maximum power of 910bhp. It’s referred to as a plug-in hybrid technology demonstrator, to investigate significantly reducing CO2 emissions through technologies that are currently available. It goes to show that along with it’s hyper-hybrid counterparts such as the McLaren P1 and the LaFerrari, petrol and electric really can mix!  Lamborghini quotes 0-62mph in 3.0sec and a top speed of 198.8mph reaching 78mph in pure electric mode alone.

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The car is also claimed to able to travel up to 31 miles on battery power alone. The CO2 emissions are just 98g/km and it is claimed to be capable of 68.5mpg Conceived and developed entirely in-house, the Asterion LPI 910-4 is named after a bull like all Lamborghinis. Asterion is the proper name of the mythical minotaur, a hybrid figure that’s part man and part bull, representing “the strength of a bull delivered by the naturally aspirated engine, combined with the human rationale delivered by the hybrid technology”. Like its sister cars, it is also crafted entirely from carbon-fibre.

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Raging Bull

Although the long bonnet hints at a front-mounted engine, the LPI 910-4 has its 5.2-litre V10 positioned longitudinally in the rear as a mid-engine, like the Aventador and Huracan. The LP in the name stands for “longitudinale posteriore”, the position of the conventional engine, I stands for “ibrido” (hybrid), 910 for the total power and 4 for the permanent 4WD system. The V10 develops 610bhp, with the three electric motors providing a further 300bhp. The weight of the hybrid technology is 250kg.

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Designed by Lamborghini Centro Stile, the Asterion is unmistakeably a Lamborghini while different from the existing, low-slung – and more extreme – Huracan and Aventador. The styling is also reminiscent of the past with a hint of Miura. The front is produced as a single component, giving a dynamic look, its headlights crafted from forged carbon and titanium. It also contains a luggage compartment. A transparent engine cover comprise three hexagonal glasses that turn according to the engine driving mode: pure electric, hybrid power or pure thermal engine power.

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Inside, the two seats are positioned higher than those in existing Lamborghinis, ensuring a car for comfortable everyday cruising rather than extreme performance. The interior of the show car is finished in ivory and brown leather, with smatterings of aluminium and forged carbon-fibre. Its steering wheel is reminiscent of the Miura supercar’s of the Sixties, and contains some titanium parts as well as the three buttons to select the driving mode: Zero for zero emissions/full electric; I for Ibrido (hybrid); and T for Termico (thermal) power. A portable tablet allows the car’s occupants to manage climate control and other functions including GPS and in-car infotainment. We can’t wait to see more of this unbelievable machine over the coming months.

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