After becoming one of the rulers of the streets, Lamborghini is now trying to feel the atmosphere of space. Not yet in the form of a vehicle, but the CEO of Lamborghini, Stefano Domenicali is proud to say that Lamborghini became the first automotive manufacturer to conduct material component experiments in space.
This delivery project is one of the results of a collaboration program between Lamborghini and the Houston Methodist Research Institute that has been ongoing since 2017. This collaboration is one of Lamborghini’s efforts to continue to develop their research in terms of carbon fiber material applications, considering Lamborgini is one of the leading automotive manufacturers in use of this material.
On November 2, Lamborghini sent their five sample components to the International Space Station for the trial phase. Five samples were made in the Lamborghini material lab with various processes such as 3D printing. The condition of the outer environment around ISS is claimed to be an ideal condition for testing CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer) materials.
Lamborghini samples will be at ISS for six months. During that time the sample will be exposed to tests under extreme conditions such as atomic oxygen, radiation, and temperature fluctuations. For the record, outer space is very vulnerable to ultraviolet radiation and gamma rays, temperatures can also fluctuate in the range of -40 to 200 degrees Celsius.