Lamborghini has opened a new design center aimed specifically at the development of prototypes and concepts in a multi-storey building in the Sant’Agata Bolognese area, Italy. In addition, the building will also house a miniature assembly line on the second floor that has been set up to replicate the entire assembly process flow as performed on a standard production line.
This mini line will be used to examine the steps in assembling pre-production models so that high standards of quality can be obtained during subsequent mass production. The line will be used to manufacture small series vehicles such as the Sesto Elemento (as shown above) that was introduced at the 2010 Paris Motor Show whereby only 20 units will be built with first deliveries in 2013.
Lamborghini points out that the new facility is the first multi-storey industrial building in Italy to earn the ‘Class A’ energy certification, which means that its yearly energy consumption is less than 8 Kwh/m3. This is achieved by various measures, such as usage of special heat insulating materials in its construction as well as the addition of a solar-powered electrical system.
During the center’s opening ceremony, Lamborghini CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, announced that part of the proceeds from the events celebrating Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary in 2013 will be used to help rebuild cultural treasures and places of worship damaged by the earthquake that hit the Emilia region in May this year.
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