Automobili Lamborghini recently inaugurated its latest building, which will handle the development of its prototypes and pre-series vehicles.
Developed in cooperation with the Prospazio engineering studio, the new building was specifically designed to earn a Class 'A' industrial-energy rating, given only to structures that have a yearly energy consumption equivalent to or less than 8kWh/m3. This makes it the first industrial building in Italy to be built with such characteristics.
The building's energy efficiency was achieved by utilizing latest-generation solutions and techniques for the external facings. The facade, for example, is made up of special walls made of triple-layer polycarbonate and of ventilated walls covered with ultrathin ceramic cladding that provides a high level of thermal insulation.
The building is also equipped with a photovoltaic system that generates enough power to meet its yearly electricity needs, which means it is a carbon-neutral facility. This reportedly will become the standard that all new Lamborghini buildings must meet.
A small assembly line located on the second floor supposedly has advanced technical solutions that have been set up to duplicate the entire range of steps performed on a standard production line. The same line can also be used to build a small series of vehicles such as the Sesto Elemento, which was introduced at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, with 20 units being produced as a limited edition.
"Our new building confirms Lamborghini's commitment not only to environmental sustainability and energy efficiency, but also to advanced technology and innovation with an eye on the future," said Stephan Winkelmann, president and chief executive of Automobili Lamborghini.