Lamborghini Debuts Carbon-Fiber Fabric

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on July 3rd, 2012

We’ve all used vinyl with simulated carbon-fiber patterns on the face, but Lamborghini recently developed and patented the real thing. CarbonSkin, a new carbon-composite material that’s both lightweight and pliable, debuts for the first time in the Aventador J roadster.

Industry insiders are hailing the new fabric as a game changer. Composites World explains:

Reportedly, the material is made of woven carbon fibers (in a 2×2 twill pattern) that have been soaked in a specially formulated resin. Described as an “entirely new impregnation system” not previously used in the market, the resin stabilizes the fiber structure after it is cured, yielding a composite that remains strong yet soft and flexible. Although it is not breathable in its current format, the resulting matte fabric is said to have excellent drape and hand (a soft feel to the touch) and conforms to a wide variety of contours.

Asked about the future of this new material, Luciano De Oto, chief of the Lamborghini Advanced Composite Research Center (ACRC), says, “You can imagine all the uses in applications that require flexible, light and strong materials,” noting that beyond auto trim upholstery, other possible uses include high-end clothing and luggage. De Oto also says the new CarbonSkin fabrics have passed Lamborghini’s wear and aging tests and actually contribute to absorbing deformations made by a seat occupant’s back and head. “For sure, this material is a step forward in the standard conception of automotive interiors,” he adds. [more]

CarbonSkin currently adorns the Aventador J’s seats, door panels, center console and instrument panel. There’s no word yet on whether any of Lamborghini’s other models will feature the material – or when it will be made available to auto upholstery shops.

6 Responses

  1. Geoff Geoff says:

    Very cool. Add some carbon nanotubes, and the fabric can go from supple during normal use to a rigid brace on impact or hard banking.

    • That would be cool technology – especially if it adds more structural support to the door panels.

      As far as the seats go, I’d probably steer clear. The last thing I’d want is to be caught between a rigid seat and a rigid dashboard during an accident.

      • Carin says:

        Evidently this person did not read the entire article or else they would be aware that the resin in the material “stabilizes the fiber structure after it is cured, yielding a composite that remains strong yet soft and flexible”. Strong yet soft and flexible, key words here people.

  2. I love it, but then again I do work with a lot of new materials. I am always up for a new challenge.

  3. jeffrey says:

    Looks like pretty stiff stuff no fun to work with .

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